George of the Jungle

George of the Jungle

Though half the cast has changed from the first George of the Jungle, the silliness and self-referential jokes remain--for example, in an unusual display of professional honesty, Christopher Showerman explains to the audience that he's the new George because the producers were too cheap to re-hire Brendan Fraser. While a mean lion (voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile) connives to take over running the jungle world, George's wife Ursula (Julie Benz) is imperiled when her mother and her former fiancé (Thomas Haden Church, returning from the first movie) scheme to bring her back to civilization through kidnapping and hypnosis. Though George of the Jungle 2 aims its combination of goofy humor and computer-generated animals at kids, the camera spends a lot of time ogling Showerman's buffed body. --Bret Fetzer

Production: Disney
  1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.4
Metacritic:
53
Rotten Tomatoes:
57%
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
1997
92
6,027 Views

Narrator:
Emboldened with jungle juju, Ursula Stanhope went inside to break the news to her parents, who took it extremely well.

Ursula:
Mother, Daddy, I love you both very much. I have something very important to tell you, and I hope you'll understand. I don't wanna marry Lyle anymore.

Arthur and Beatrice:
[kindly] We understand, dear.

[Ursula sighs happily; after a pause...]

Narrator:
Just kidding.

Beatrice:
[screams]

Narrator:
The young Miss Stanhope proceeded to spill the beans... [Ursula's conversation is sped up] ...very quickly, until she got to the important part at the end. [scene replays normally]

Ursula:
And then, Lyle shot him. So Lyle is in jail, and George is with me, and I don't wanna marry Lyle anymore.

Beatrice:
I knew it! It's that swinging man from the bridge. I saw you smooching on TV.

Ursula:
Mother, we weren't smooching...

Beatrice:
How could you do this to me? Don't you realize the cailbre of people who are going to be here?

Arthur:
Calm down, Beatrice, and let her say...

Beatrice:
I thought we would be introducing them to Lyle Van de Groot, not some wild man you found in the jungle!

Arthur:
Beatrice, this is supposed to be her wedding, not yours.

Beatrice:
So?

Arthur:
Beatrice, I know you're upset, and so am I, but we can't force her to marry someone against her will.

Beatrice:
Why not?

Ursula:
Mom, Dad, I'm ready to go out there and apologize to everybody and tell them what really happened.

Beatrice:
Absolutely not! As far as I'm concerned, you, you caught one of those viruses. Yes, one of those dreadful jungle viruses that get nice girls all confused. And if Lyle survives that awful jail, you will simply have to kiss and make up. As for this evening, we will hold our heads high and we will carry on. [Sweetly] Now, darling, where is that charming young friend of yours?

Mrs. Stanhope:
Well, of course he went back to the jungle. Where else would he go? The Hague?

Ursula:
But why would he leave without saying goodbye?

Mrs. Stanhope:
Well, personally, I think he acted rather sensibly. Showed good character. He understands that he belongs there, you belong here. It's really all a question of stripes and spots.

Ursula:
What? [Realizes] Oh, no. You got to him. Mother, what did you say?

Mrs. Stanhope:
I simply said that if he really cared for you, he'd leave you alone, let you get on with your life and marry Lyle.

Ursula:
I am not marrying Lyle, Mother!

Mr. Stanhope:
Beatrice, perhaps we should just...

Mrs. Stanhope:
Arthur! Now, Ursula, darling, don't be ridiculous. There's a big difference between marriageable material and a fling in the jungle.

Ursula:
"A fling in the jungle"? A fling in the jungle? Who says I had a fling in the jungle?

Mrs. Stanhope:
You don't think you can fool your mother, do you? You've been head over heels for that ape ever since you brought him here. Now, Ursula, that kind of love is fleeting. You'll get over it.

[Ursula realizes something]

Ursula:
Did you just say love?

Mrs. Stanhope:
[Scared] No.

Ursula:
You did.

Mrs. Stanhope:
Ursula!

Ursula:
You're right.

Mrs. Stanhope:
Don't say it!

Ursula:
I love him. I'm outta here.

Mrs. Stanhope:
Ursula, you can't love him! Arthur, say something!

Mr. Stanhope:
Be careful out there, honey.

Mrs. Stanhope:
What?!

Ursula:
Goodbye, Daddy. [Hugs him]

Mr. Stanhope:
I love you.

Mrs. Stanhope:
What?!

Ursula:
I love you, Mom. Thank you. [Leaves]

Mrs. Stanhope:
Ursula! Arthur, do something!

Mr. Stanhope:
What would you have me do? There's obviously no stopping her.

Mrs. Stanhope:
Oh, God! [Drinks a sip of her drink and leaves] URSULA!!

Mr. Stanhope:
[under his breath] God, that woman's a pain in the ass.

[Cut back to the jungle]

Narrator:
Meanwhile, halfway across the road, another ass was feeling pain, as an ape named Ape was caged in a cage, hoping to hear the jungle king's awesome... [The sound of George yelling is heard] Hey, I'm pretty good at that. ...and wondering if he would ever come. But the motion-sick mammal needn't have moaned, for that defender of the innocent, protector of the weak, and all-around good guy, George of the Jungle, was closer than he knew.


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