Jungle2Jungle is a rather bland, humorless comedy.
Tim Allen is Michael, a workaholic commodities broker in New York. Fourteen
years ago, his wife (JoBeth Williams) left him to work in the Amazon. Now,
Michael is engaged to a beautiful, but brainless fashion designer (Lolita
Davidovich), and must seek out his wife to finalize their divorce. When he
does find her, she has a surprise: their son, Mimisiku (Sam Huntington),
raised with the tribal natives for thirteen years. The tribal chief sends
Mimisiku back with his father to retrieve fire from the Statue of Liberty,
as part of a manhood rite. But can the boy from the Amazon jungle adapt to
the jungle of New York? (Get the title? eh? eh?) Anyhow, once they get
to the big city, they get embroiled in all kinds of nonsense, involving
Michael's partner (Martin Sheen), a Russian mob boss (David Ogden Stiers),
and so forth. The setup and pacing of Jungle2Jungle is so overwhelmingly
obvious that the humor is few and far between. There are some amusing moments
with a blowgun, but anyone who's seen the previews has observed the bulk of that.
The cast is talented, but they can't do anything with the insipid plot and
pathetic screenplay. There is no comic energy in the film. It simply proceeds
from one stagey set piece to another. The film isn't really, really bad...but it sure isn't good.
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