Summer of the Monkeys

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: +4

Jay Berry Lee (Corey Sevier), a 12-year-old boy in the early 1900's, has always dreamed of owning a horse. If he can raise 75 dollars by the end of the summer, his dream just might come true. But things are looking kind of grim for young Jay, since he cant find enough time to work at his Grandpas store because of the numerous chores he must do at home. After Jay discovers some escaped circus monkeys in the over grown swamp close to his house, he is excited to learn that there is an 85-dollar reward for their recapture. Devising a plan to capture the monkeys, jay embarks on a series of adventures to raise the money to purchase the horse of his dreams. This fun family adventure follows the classic tradition that Disney has been commended for in past years. It's likable characters and subtle humor make SUMMER OF THE MONKEYS, a direct to video release, perfect for the whole family.

It's quite refreshing to see a Disney production employ traditional family values to entertain. Jay's parents are loving but strict, and quote scripture to instruct their children. Although Jay quarrels with his younger sister, Daisy, who suffers from a bad leg, he does several heart-warming things to demonstrate his love for her. Some moderate violence does work its way into the plot, but this violence is mild compared to the graphic violence of today's media. A storm may frighten younger children, but most of the intense moments are rather mild. And when the moneys stumble across a moonshine still, they get a little drunk, but the film portrays a negative view of alcoholism. With absolutely no offensive language or sexual elements, SUMMER OF THE MONKEYS is an enjoyable decent family video that the late Mr. Walt Disney would be proud of. We are excited to whole heartily recommend this fun and entertaining direct to video release.

Preview Reviewer: Rik Wyrick
Disney/Buena Vista, 350 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA, 91521-1293

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Several times - Moderate (implied train crash, boys fighting, monkeys destroy kitchen, boy hits dog with bear trap, man found dead after storm)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Old man and monkeys consume alcohol

Other: Scripture is quoted

Running Time: 101 minutes
Intended Audience: All ages

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