Mvp: Most Valuable Primate

on August 11, 2000 by Dwayne E. Leslie
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   Jack (played by Bernie, Mac and Louie) is no ordinary chimpanzee. He's part of a special college program whose goal is to bridge the communication gap between humans and primates through sign language. When a chain of events threatens Jack's safety, his human friend (Russell Ferrier) rushes to his aid and concocts a plan to have him sent to a nature preserve instead of a research laboratory. Instead, Jack ends up in Canada, alone, homeless and friendless. A chance meeting hands him a new family and a position with the town's misfit hockey team as their star player. With Jack's help, the otherwise hopeless team has a chance win the Junior B "chimp"ionship.

   "MVP: Most Valuable Primate" is a film for the whole family. Children will love the chimp while older kids will enjoy the action on the ice. Although the pacing is a little slow at first, it soon builds to the pace of its slapshot goals.

   At the heart of the film is something deeper than the antics of a sports-loving simian: Off the ice, Jack befriends Tara (Jamie Renee Smith), a deaf girl trying to deal with rejection from her classmates. Tara difficulty in making friends at her new school is eased when Jack shows up; through sign language they communicate and help each other. Only by working together are they able to overcome obstacles and, because this is a family film, deserving parties, including the audience, come out winners.    Starring Jamie Renee Smith, Kevin Zegers, Russell Ferrier, Rick Ducommun and Oliver Muirhead. Directed by Robert Vince. Written by Anne Vince & Robert Vince. Produced by Ian Fodie. A Keystone release. Family. Rated PG for some mild language. Running time: 93 min.

Tags: Starring Jamie Renee Smith, Kevin Zegers, Russell Ferrier, Rick Ducommun and Oliver Muirhead. Directed by Robert Vince, Written by Anne Vince, Robert Vince, Produced by Ian Fodie, Keystone, Family
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