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Recently, we were chosen to receive some DVDs for review. We received MVP: Most Valuable Primate and MVP 2: Most Vertical Primate. My son loves movies like this, and so I was excited that he was able to see these. These movies came out in 2000 and 20001 (respectively), when these came out I was barely in the 7th grade! I was like 14 years old! So this brings back some memories, because I kinda remember these movies. The movie is made by the same director and producer of similar movies from that time such as Air Buddies.
MVP: Most Valuable Primate
What's it about?
MVP is about Jack, a sign language-speaking chimp. When he is sold to a research lab he makes a run for freedom. He ends up stranded in the frozen Netherlands where he becomes friends with two teenagers. Jacks turns into the local hockey team's secret weapon when they notice he is a really good ice skater. However, during the playoffs, the lab officials are closing in on him. Jack has one chance to prove himself.
Well, like I said, this movie was made back in 2000. So don't expect crazy graphics and high tech effects like we have today. Overall though, it is cute. My son really enjoyed it, which is what matters the most. My son loves the Air Buddies movies and other movies like it, so it is only natural that he enjoys this one as well. It is a really cute movie, however reviews on sites like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes will tell you otherwise. If you are looking for something cute that your kids will enjoy, this is it. I asked my son what he thought the lesson was that it taught (not something I ask him very often), and he said that animals should not be in labs having tests done by scientists, and that it also shows that you should be kind to everyone, no matter what. Have I ever mentioned how much I love my little genius! My son is also practical, and told me that chimps wouldn't really be able to play hockey. I asked why, he said because ice skating is hard. LOL
You will also see some familiar, young faces in these movies. Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl), Jamie Renee Smith (Weeds) and Rick Ducommun (Scary Movie). It is always fun for my husband and I to try to place these young familiar faces we see in older movies.
MVP 2: Most Vertical Primate
What's it about?
Jack is back, and this time he traded hockey sticks for a skateboard. The chimp is framed for something he didn't do, and because of this he ends up lost and alone in a big city. He becomes friends with Ben who is a shy skateboarding kid, Jack reveals he is a really talented skateboarder.
Well, as I stated before, with it being made in 2001 don't expect to see crazy cool graphics. While the graphics and effects were all right back then, they are even better now. With that being said, this is a cute movie. Teaches us not to look at the exterior of everyone, and not to judge. It teaches us we can do anything we put our minds to. Now, not only did my son like skateboarding before, but now he is doing circles on our patio on his little mini skateboard as I type. He loves these types of movies, and I don't care what animal you put in there, he is gonna watch it! Me, personally, well I'm not to excited about this. I feel like all these movies, Air Buddies included, are over done. I mean, they are still trying to put out movies like this. Perfect example, Santa Buddies. Geez. When are they going to stop making these. There is a point when you watch a movie, and you see they just tried to hard to keep it going. One of those movies is the Vegas Vacation movie. I believe it is the last in the Lampoons Vacation series. It just looked like they tried so hard to get this movie to fit in with the others before it. Like they really beat that dead horse for all it was worth. Growing up, I loved Vegas Vacation. We just watched it earlier this year for the first time in a LONG time, and I realized it wasn't as I remembered. One thing I hated about that series is almost every year the kids were different. It was never the same two kids who played the kids. Ok, back to the original story - this movie. I just feel like all these movies are kinda out dated. They need to find a way to reinvent this so that kids today would go see these in a theater. Maybe if it were an animated movie, or even an animated series on TV, that may be better. My personal review, I'm over this movie. But, my son would give you a different review.
Both of these movies can be bought at Walmart now for $9.99 each. You can also check them out at Kaboom.