Bruce Fretts
January 26, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

MVP: Most Valuable Primate

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG

We gave it a C+

On the evolutionary scale of simian-themed kiddie movies, this surprisingly slick tale of hockey-playing ape Jack ranks below Rene Russo’s Buddy but above Matt LeBlanc’s Ed. Can the chimp help Zegers’ junior-league squad win the championship? Can Jack use sign language to break the ice with a shy deaf girl (Jamie Renée Smith)? The real question is, what is SCTV vet Thomas (as the team’s Bob Uecker-esque announcer) doing in this mammalian version of The Mighty Ducks? Answer: picking up a paycheck. C+

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