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Born to Be Wild Review

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Rick Heller is a juvenile delinquent who keeps getting himself into trouble. To keep him out of trouble his mother puts him to work cleaning the cage of a gorilla named Katie which she is teaching to communicate through the use of sign language.

★★★★★

In Free Willy it was a boy rescuing a whale from captivity hell. In this ridiculous, but somehow watchable clone, it’s exactly the same premise, only with a gorilla. A well-meaning lad (Will Horneef) liberates perhaps the least convincing celluloid primate of all time and goes on the run to Canada where the authorities won’t be able to touch him. Any pretence at salvaging some much needed credibility is blown to bits at the end when the gorilla appears in court to testify against its evil owner (Peter Boyle). Not one for the cynical at heart.

Very silly, derivative pap.