director George A. Romero
Monkey Shines is a well made piece of junk with a certain level of absurdity to all the proceedings. Generally speaking, capuchin monkeys are cute and not overly terrifying, but good for George A. Romero for trying.
Despite its 80s pedigree, it feels more a 70s film in concept and execution (It’s even got Joyce Van Patten in it!) And psychic connections, animal testing, a quadriplegic protagonist, and Stanley Tucci with hair.
Kudos goes out to the animal actors in this one. Boo, the capuchin, is a major character and is really quite impressive. The people actors deport themselves well too.
I know there are other human-monkey/ape love stories out there, but there is something decidedly odd in this one.
“It’s unnatural, you and that monkey.”