“Gibby” is a wonderful tale about one girl and her monkey. Taking advantage of her science teacher’s capuchin monkey pet, our heroine returns to real life. This includes a sudden interest in gymnastics which is a semi Olympics tie-in? From there, the film has no idea what it wants to be. Is it a funny monkey movie, girls sports movie or suburban comedy? Pick one and work it.
Well, that didn’t help. The movie tries to create a suburban world where monkeys are mischief makers that scare the hell out of local moms, but delight kids. The gymnastics almost feels like a means to explain away a found location. Still, it’s got a monkey that may or may not be funky. Everyone learns something about themselves, as the monkey works as a Christ figure for our heroine’s family. Is Christ figure monkey actually appropriate? The monkey plays dead once and is quickly resurrected. But, it’s not like Jesus was a tiny furball wearing a chef’s hat and cooking for his masters.
- Blooper Reel
- Music Video
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 8/2/16
- Video - 85%85%
- Audio - 85%85%
- Supplemental Material - 88%88%
The Plot Thus Far
A Girl Who’s Lost Her Footing… Finds A Friend With A Tail.
A young girl finds an unlikely and uplifting friendship with an adorable monkey in this charming, light-hearted film. Katie has lost interest in her school, her friends, and gymnastics following the loss of her mother. But her outlook changes in the summer when she is asked to monkeysit Gibby, her science teacher’s Capuchin monkey. Taking care of the monkey challenges Katie and reorders her life in a big way, and Gibby’s happy-go-lucky personality renews Katie’s zest for life. Gibby helps her with gymnastics, renewing friendships (including finding a potential boyfriend) and overcoming her nemesis, a mean girl who is out to beat Katie at everything.
Rising star Shelby Lyon heads up an all-star cast, including Peyton Meyer (Girl Meets World), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), Sean Patrick Flanery (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day) and, of course, Crystal the Monkey (Night At The Museum).