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Four stowaways get mixed up with gangsters while running riot on an ocean liner.
Four stowaways get mixed up with gangsters while running riot on an ocean liner.
Marx Brothers  Monkey Business, The Marx Brothers - Monkey Business, Marx Brothers - Monkey Business, Os Quatro Batutas
77 minutes of relentless dunking on rich people. Would recommend
The four Marx brothers spend as much of their screentime running and fighting as Matt Damon does in the Bourne movies.
I keep watching all these Marx Brothers movies to try and figure out why all my friends are communists these days, but all I've gathered so far is that it's about wordplay.
There's a part in this movie when the Marx brothers are being chased by security and they run past a band and disguise themselves as the band and steal their instruments, but they're awful and get caught right away. It's perfect. When Charlie Chaplin is running away it's to survive. When the Marx brothers do it it's because they're running toward something new for them to fuck up.
God damned hilarious. So far there's not a single Marx Brothers movie that I haven't laughed my ass off for at one point or another, and so you can't just judge these things by laughs alone. When it comes to comedy this damned good you have to look at the plot - the less sense it makes the better. These are just vehicles for the chaotic Marx Brothers to fuck things up and it's just funnier if the plot already doesn't make sense. The Marx Brothers have classic fae energy. Especially Groucho.
"Who was that? My wife?"
"Married to her twelve years and you're asking me?"
the frog jumping in to Harpo's hat is insane. How did they…
Unlike their last film I’ve seen from the Marx Brothers this one was just non eventful and mostly humorless. I get that the viewer who is aware of their films shouldn’t take anything serious but when every side character is oblivious and lacks any common sense whatsoever then the movie tends to get duller by the minute. Yea, the brothers shine but the plot is plain stupid and meaningless which makes me tiresome even when the jokes land. I just wish there was more depth to the film and its story.
Performances : 6/10
Story : 5.7/10
Production : 6/10
Overall : 5.9/10
Just a quick observation. I thought Monkey Business was different from the other Marx brothers films that I've seen in a couple ways. First of all Zeppo Marx seemed to be "one of the gang". Normally it seems that he plays there adversary but this time through he was a part of the group and took part in most of the shenanigans. I thought he did well in that role. Secondly, Groucho Marx wasn't in the position of power that he normally seems to be in. He's on even footing with Chico and Harpo and I honestly didn't like that. I'm not sure why, but it is what…
Confirms my suspicion that the Marx brothers worked best when there was as little story in their way as possible, as they just generally bulldoze everything around them as is.
Il a fallu les enfants pour me ramener, temporairement, au cinéma. Ça aurait pu tomber sur un pire choix, mais c'est pas à la hauteur des précédents Marx qu'on a vus, surtout pour mes gars, qui ne comprennent pas grand-chose au délire verbal (les sous-titres français peinent en maudit à traduire), alors la majorité de ce film leur passe par dessus la tête. J'aime pas tant non plus cet aspect de leur cinéma, il me semble que la screwball (genre le Hawks du même titre) joue beaucoup mieux avec le langage pour le tordre et le désaxer dans des sous-entendus et des jeux de mots complexes. Les Marx s'amusent à détruire (je dirais que la screwball recharge et revigore le langage), mais pour moi ça passe mieux dans leurs gags purement visuels, comme ici la scène hilarante d'Harpo avec Punch et Judy.
It is the first of the Marx Brothers films that isn't happy to be a recording of their performances and the first written for screen. It benefits from been better thought overall with a good balance of material between Chico, Groucho and Harpo. So many great and vatied gags between the three of them. McLeod isn't the greatest of directors, but he gas a strong bond with the brothers and Monkey Business finds a strong spot manic without getting desperate.
the marx brothers are an unstoppable force that have never met an object they couldn’t move through a rapid fire series of gags & bits
I want to grow up to be like Groucho Marx.
This one is essentially tied in my mind with At the Circus. Both offer a lot of great Groucho material, and this one might have a bit of the edge just because of more good Harpo stuff and the more anarchic air of the Paramount era. This one feels like a cartoon at its best moments, particularly the standout passport desk scene, with the running Maurice Chevalier gag. I feel like the movie could’ve ended with the brothers waving at the captain’s assistant after being carried off the ship, and not lost too much, even if there is still funny material during the final section.
While watching a comedy, despite my best efforts, I’ll get stuck on a painfully obvious point. For example, with Monkey Business, I could help but think, if the ship’s crew hadn’t released the Marx Brothers from their storage barrels, the boat would be better off. Chico in a barrel is a true Pandora’s box. But then, it can’t work that way — anyone who tries to lay sense or reason on top of their antics will be thwarted. You can’t work around them. You can only accede.
(On a separate note, this film reminds me of Speed. There, I wish they would have found a resolution that kept them on the bus. Here, I wanted the gang to stay on the boat the whole time.)
Not their best but I respect the decision to have Chico and Harpo both have impressive instrument playing segments instead of the usual one or the other.
Monkey Business' first 50 minutes, set entirely on the ocean liner, is for me the funniest prolonged stretch of any Marx Brothers movie. They had no idea how to end this one, the fancy party is especially a dud, but the ship misadventures comprise some of my favourite film comedy ever.
I recently decided to do a deep dive into the filmography of the Marx Brothers while so many of their films are still available on the Criterion Channel. MONKEY BUSINESS is the fourth Marx Brothers' film that I have watched, having previously seen DUCK SOUP (boxd.it/25PG ) and A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (boxd.it/17G0 ) and ANMIAL CRACKERS (boxd.it/1P9u ), which I watched the day before. To be honest, I am starting to question the wisdom of watching many more Marx Brothers films in rapid succession. You see, to my mind they are all very much the same. They all have a paper thin story that is really just there to provide an excuse for a series of Marx Brothers…
"Oh engineer? Will you tell them to stop the boat from rocking, I'm going to have lunch"
Pure unbridled Marx brothers. What can I say, other than that I loved it.
Básicamente los hermanos Marx sueltos en un barco haciendo lo que se les ocurría...
No todo funciona pero como siempre hay momentos geniales...
nothing funnier to me than groucho with a gun
Thank the good lord this one had subtitles; watching Animal Crackers without them was like riding on a bullet train and trying to read the billboards whizzing past. Feature #3 with our favorite rude boys, and the only one where Zeppo is caught up in the gang’s antics instead of just doing straight man shit; I kinda like that dynamic, to be honest, since you can easily believe these three wild cards would need a dude like him around just in case things really go sideways. Even by their standards this movie has no real plot - four assholes stow away on a boat, are chased by bigger assholes, and get mixed up with even bigger assholes - and that’s just…
Harpo’s reaction to being sat on 🥴
Exactly what I'm looking for in a Marx Brothers film. Just relentless jokes and gags without much emphasis on story. It's not transcendently funny, but it gets the job done.
“Mutinies on Wednesdays and Sundays.”
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