Monkey Trouble

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Monkey Trouble ★★½ 1994 (PG)

Lonely schoolgirl Birch is feeling abandoned when mom and stepdad shower attention on her new baby brother. Then a monkey trained as a pickpocket enters her life. Keitel is the organ grinder turned bad who must answer to the mob when the monkey scampers off to suburbia. Stakes a lot of its entertainment wallop on the considerable talents of the slippery-fingered monkey, who steals the show. Birch is amusing as the youngster caught in all sorts of uncomfortable situations. Formula abounds, but the milk and cookies set won't notice; fine family fare. 95m/C VHS, DVD . Thora Birch, Harvey Keitel, Mimi Rogers, Christopher McDonald; D: Franco Amurri; W: Franco Amurri, Stu Krieger; M: Mark Mancina.