Jungle 2 Jungle (PG)
Disney Movies; Disney Wiki; IMDb; Rotten Tomatoes; TV Tropes; Wikipedia
streaming sites: Amazon; Disney+; Google Play; Movies Anywhere; Vudu; YouTube
This is a comedy that came out in 1997, and I know I saw it sometime. I watched it again in 2023 to write a review.
Tim Allen plays a commodities broker named Michael Cromwell, who is planning to marry a woman named Charlotte (Lolita Davidovich), but first he needs to get a divorce from Patricia (JoBeth Williams), who left him thirteen years ago. He goes to Venezuela, where she lives with a native tribe, and learns that they have a 13-year-old son, Mimi-Siku (Sam Huntington). Michael promises Mimi that he'll take him to New York City when he becomes a man, not knowing that that would happen right away, per a tribal ritual. The tribe's chief gives Mimi the mission of obtaining fire from the Statue of Liberty (which seems like an impossible goal, but I like how it plays out in the end). Michael takes Mimi home with him for a few days, which plays havoc with his life. But his life also gets complicated by a trade involving a lot of coffee. His partner, Richard Kempster (Martin Short), tries to sell the commodity certificates to a Russian mobster named Alexei Jovanovic (David Ogden Stiers), and that ultimately puts Richard's family in danger. But I'm getting a bit ahead of myself. Um... actually, I don't know what all to say about the plot. I guess Charlotte gets upset and goes to stay with Richard's family for awhile? That includes Richard's wife, Jan (Valerie Mahaffey), and their two kids, Karen (Leelee Sobieski) and Andrew. Then Michael and Mimi go to stay with them, too, and Mimi and Karen develop crushes on each other.
And, I dunno, plenty of other stuff happens, but nothing in the movie is particularly great. It did poorly critically, which I can understand, but I don't think any of it was, like, terrible. In fact, I can't even call it "meh", as I thought I might before I rewatched it. It's all just... kind of okay. But like, I could probably see myself watching it again someday. Maybe.