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MVP: Most Valuable Primate (2000)

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When Jack, a sign-language-speaking chimp, makes break for freedom his talent for ice skating soon turns him into the local hockey team's secret weapon. But the lab officials are closing in.

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Robert Vince
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernie Bernie ... Jack
Louie ... Jack
Mac Mac ... Jack
Russell Ferrier Russell Ferrier ... Darren
Lomax Study Lomax Study ... Dr. Kendall
Kevin Zegers ... Steven Westover
Jamie Renée Smith ... Tara Westover
Alexa Fox Alexa Fox ... Jane (as Alexa Benette Fox)
Jane Sowerby Jane Sowerby ... Julie Beston
Ingrid Tesch ... Susie Westover
Philip Granger ... Mark Westover
Rick Ducommun ... Coach Marlowe
Aaron Smolinski ... Pete
Shane Vajda Shane Vajda ... Moose
Trevor Roberts ... Larry
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Storyline

Jack is a three-year-old chimpanzee who has been the subject of a long-term experiment by Dr. Kendall, a researcher who been teaching Jack to communicate through sign language. Jack, however, has not been making progress fast enough for Dr. Kendall's sponsor, Dr. Peabody, who has cut off his funding and sold Jack to a medical research lab. Afraid of what could happen to his simian friend, Dr. Kendall sneaks Jack out of his home in the lab; however, Jack is accidentally sent to Canada, where he escapes and is discovered by Tara, a deaf girl who recognizes Jack's sign language. Jack has an even bigger surprise for Tara's older brother Steven; Jack scrambles onto the ice in the midst of practice for Steven's junior league hockey team, and he and his teammates discover the primate has a natural talent for the game. With Jack on the team, Steven's team is on their way to a league championship, but Jack's notoriety attracts the unfortunate attention of Dr. Peabody, who are determined to ... Written by Dawkins

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Jack skates a little faster... Shoots a little harder... And is driving everyone bananas.

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Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snapshot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,518, 13 August 2000

Gross USA:

$1,248,746

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,248,746
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Moose: [to Steven, after slips and falls against the boards] Y'all right there, Yankee boy?
[Steven proceeds to defend himself, and leaps over the bench at him]
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Crazy Credits

(Closing dedication) In Memory of Elizabeth Anne Harland (Vince) See more »

Connections

Followed by MXP: Most Xtreme Primate (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Coolest Looking Dude On Ice
Performed by Rod Frias
Music by Brahm Wenger & John M. Rosenberg
Lyrics by Brahm Wenger, John M. Rosenberg & Nicholas Wenger
Published by Malvan Productions Music (BMI)
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Good!!!!!
6 November 2000 | by dbragielSee all my reviews

I just came back from seeing MVP and was amazed. I was surprised because I'm 20 so this is more for a kids movie. I've seen Dunston checks In, Air Bud I II, Ed, and That Darn Cat and I just love pet movies. You can't go wrong. First of all Jack the monkey is brilliant. I have never seen a monkey play hockey so well. I don't want to spoil anything but the ending is very good. If you are 20 above and like pet movies this is movie for you.

As far acting goes once again you can't go wrong. Like I said before Jack is one good monkey at skating. His puck handling and skating are convincing and are the best monkey skating I've seen in a movie. Shane Vajda as Moose gave a surprising performance. So for those who haven't seen it skate don't run to your local theatre.

Two primate thumbs up :)


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