Dave's Rating:

4.0

Are you 4? 4½?

Who's in It: The voices of Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Eugene Levy, David Cross, Joan Plowright, Dick Van Dyke

The Basics: George is an adorable little monkey whose natural inquisitiveness gets him into all sorts of scrapes. He breaks things, puts people's lives at risk and even makes cars crash. Good thing no one ever gets hurt. He's kind of like an annoying little toddler who happily destroys everything he touches.

What's the Deal? Are you 4? 4½? 5? Good, then you're the target demographic, and someone is reading this review to you. And it's time you were told the truth: Monkeys don't really want to be your friend. And if you get too close to a real one, it will bite you. Then you'll have to go to the emergency room and get a shot. And you hate shots, even when you get ice cream afterward.

Dear Parents: If you read the column that accompanies this week's reviews, you saw my one and only complaint about this movie — the merchandising tie-ins and the product placement. Now, if you don't care about that stuff, then you'll find nothing objectionable here. And if you do care, it probably doesn't matter, because your kids control your life anyway. So enjoy.

Moment of Weirdness: When the Man in the Yellow Hat says, "You go, girl!" to another character. You wonder how it wound up in the script. But then the monkey does something precious and you forget about it.

Percentage of the Film Ruined by Smashmouth Songs: Zero. It's like a miracle. No "Who Let the Dogs Out," either.

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