In an unprecedented move, Sony Pictures paid some theater chains to show the trailer of The Animal. But they should be paying audiences to sit through this disappointing, half-baked comedy. The tale of blundering, wannabe cop Rob Schneider--who gets in a car accident, has his ailing parts replaced with animal organs and battles the beasts within--could have made a fine SNL skit.
But as a movie, this monkey hardly shines. Many of the gags feel recycled from previous Adam Sandler-produced flicks, the cameos are painfully predictable (Sandler and Norm McDonald appear) and even Survivor's Colleen Haskell as a love interest is nothing to go ape over. (We mean, she's no Elisabeth.) Disgruntled sidekick Guy Torry steals most of the show--and, yeah, willing audiences will go bananas for the goofy monkey scenes. But we suggest saving your peanuts until this one comes out on video.