Josh Wolk
May 31, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

King of the Jungle

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez
director
Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
author
Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B-

Most movies featuring mentally challenged protagonists teach that we can all learn from the innocence of special people, but Leguizamo’s Knicks-obsessed Seymour, who has the intellect of an 11-year-old, learns that everyone of average intellect is a bastard. Whenever he leaves his Manhattan apartment, he is bullied and attacked, and eventually he witnesses a horrific murder. Leguizamo vanishes heartbreakingly into his role, but, unfortunately, such nuance doesn’t always apply to the rest of the relentlessly — save a contrived happy ending — dark script.

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