Baby George got into a plane crash in a jungle, stayed alive and was adopted by a wise ape. Ursula Stanhope, US noble woman is saved from death on safari by grown-up George, and he takes her to jungle to live with him. He slowly learns a rules of human relationships, while Ursula’s lover Lyle is looking for her and the one who took her. After they are found, Ursula takes George to the USA.
User Reviews: Big screen adaptation of the much beloved cartoon character recounts how George (admirably played with affable density by Brendan Fraser) met his wife Ursula (played by the adorable Leslie Mann). The only thing standing between them being Ursula’s mom (played by Holland Taylor), Ursula’s obnoxious fiance Lyle (Thomas Haden Church) and poacher duo. Helping George is his loyal elephant/dog Shep, the toucan, and the Ape Named Ape (voiced with biting cynicism by John Cleese).
Yeah it’s not great cinema but hey, it’s not a misfire either. It’s funny most of the time and it shows that Fraser has cornered the affable stranger in a strange land market. Very few actors can play characters who are essentially idiots without losing audience sympathy or credibility, but somehow Fraser manages to do it.
Best gags include include the smart ass narrator, George getting hyped up on coffee, the women at Ursula’s party fawning over George’s deep spiritual connection with animals, George swinging into various objects (most notably the San Francisco bridge sequence) and George’s climatic battle with the poachers.
"My noble kinsmen, thou has served me well. Now stand aside while Shep doth dispatch these villains." – George speaking ape