Monkey Business [DVD] 
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A research scientist (Cary Grant) concocts an elixir of youth which is accidentally distributed around the office when a laboratory monkey tips it into the water cooler. The scientist reverts to a teenager, his wife (Ginger Rogers) to a child and mayhem ensues. Marilyn Monroe features as a secretary in this classic screwball comedy, directed by Howard Hawks.
One of the last of the classic screwball comedies, 1952s Monkey Business stars Cary Grant as an absent-minded scientist working on a youth serum with little success. One afternoon, one of his test monkeys gets loose and works up a formula of its own, which then gets dropped into their water cooler. Shortly, Grant is tooling around in a sports car with his boss' voluptuous secretary (Marilyn Monroe). When his wife (Ginger Rogers) investigates, she too gets a dose and drags Grant off for a second honeymoon of all-night dancing. Meanwhile, Grant's elderly boss (Charles Coburn) is eager to get his hands on the formula--only Grant's formula isn't having the proper effect.
Monkey Business is probably most familiar to Marilyn Monroe cultists, but it's Grant and Rogers who have the central roles and make the most of them. Rogers' adolescent emotional meltdown at a hotel and Grant leading a gaggle of boys on a scalping raid are only two of the movie's many richly funny set pieces, all directed by the nimble hand of Howard Hawks (His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, Ball of Fire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes).--Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The film has a cast that excites on paper but it doesn't live up to expectations. The whole beginning sequence drags - the first 15 minutes should have been thrown out. The cast are all likable but Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers are made to act out scenes that could be over in a couple of minutes as opposed to 'let's drag it out' for 10 minutes. However, opposed to the tedious, drawn out slapstick rubbish that we are offered, we are also given moments of comic genius. George Winslow, who plays one of the kids, provides laugh-out-loud entertainment with every word of dialogue that he utters. Genius.
Overall, the film entertains. It has peaks and troughs. Ginger Rogers displays good balancing skills while balancing a cup of water on her forehead as she stands up and lies down and goes back to standing position. Cool trick. Cary Grant is occasionally funny, Marilyn Monroe (Lois) is also good - she's not so irritating and baby talking as usual - while Charles Coburn (Oxley) is good value as always.Read more ›
It is a light-hearted look at man's search for the elixir of youth and the comic talents of Grant and Rogers make this a joy to watch. There's no need for me to repeat what other reviewers have said - the film is too well-known. "Screw-ball" just about covers it.
And, as I said, it's Rogers who wins hands-down. When she reverts to her young-adulthood and then to childhood she is simply hilarious. She even gets to dance a bit, dragging a visibly sagging Grant around a dance floor well into the small hours. And then we have such lunacy as a board-room scene with the squabbling Grant and Rogers alternately on and under the table. Or Rogers' repeated attacks on the boss' secretary (Monroe, in a tiny part: if I had to choose between her and Ginger, I know who I'd go for). Or the sequence where Rogers thinks Grant has turned into a baby . . . it's all insane, and so brilliantly done one just has to gape with an open mouth, in between the continuous laughs.
Highlight is when Grant drug induced takes Monroe out for the afternoon with one hair raising event after the other. Some good character action follows and the film is funny in parts. But it still drags a little and too many jokes hit the wall. Nice sets and stardust and Howard Hawks directing saves the day, but all involved have done much better with other movies.
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Star power made this an enjoyable romp worth a viewing. Good service from sellerPublished 10 months ago by Mike
Howard Hawks directs this delicious screwball comedy with a cast of great actors among them the unequaled Marilyn Monroe.Published 21 months ago by Paulo Borges