¦ If you've only seen this movie on VHS, you've missed the whole frame of some fabulous photography of the Venezuelan rainforest, and a dramatic upgrading of the sound quality. Since the sound includes a magical score by Michael Convertino, this makes a big difference to the viewing pleasure. If you've never seen the movie, you have in store for you Tim Allen's best and most endearing film performance, a sharp and attractive one from Sam Huntington as Tim's 13-year old son, and the majestic JoBeth Williams as Tim's wife and Sam's mother. Beginning and ending in Venezuela, the story is closely based on Little Indian, Big City, but retells it with added warmth and wit. Tim discovers he has a son when he visits the wife who left him to work as a doctor in the jungle, neither of them then knowing she was carrying his child. The bulk of the ensuing comedy is the culture clash arising when Tim brings son Sam ("Mimi-Siku") back to New York and his yuppie lifestyle. Throw in the Russian Mafia (a well-balanced turn by David Ogden Stiers, juggling menace and farce) and a burgeoning love affair between two thirteen year-olds (á la Romeo and Juliet), and you have an often-laugh-out-loud family Disney comedy with moments of real visual and musical beauty. Even our sons in their late teens still love this!
Brilliant kids film - set in the urban Jungle and the amazonian jungle, a hiliarious and heart-warming story of a man discovering he has a son living in the jungle, and their exploits back in America - great fun - keep an eye out for the big 'pet' spider - recommend 10/10
It was so lovely to sit down and watch such a lighthearted tale. Really enjoyed the way the father and son were able to bond despite the distance.I was pleased to receive this dvd so promptly and in good condition.