Dunston Checks In
Hotel manager Robert Grant (Jason Alexander) is forced by his boss (Faye Dunaway) to postpone his family vacation when a hotel critic checks in. Trouble is, the critic is really a villainous jewel thief (Rupert Everett) with an orangutan assistant named Dunston. When Dunston gets loose and tries to escape a life of crime -- aided by Robert's sons -- havoc, hijinks and lots of laughs abound!
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- Ken Kwapis
- This movie is
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; featurette.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that there is little to offend or scare in this fluffy film that harks back to the low-concept, unadorned, and mild children's comedies of the '60s and '70s. There's a lot of cartoonish violence and the firing of a rifle-type tranquilizer dart. Sensitive kids might be concerned that Dunston, the orangutan, will be killed but the gun-wielding animal control specialist, but he's not a very threatening figure. The words "hell" and "holy s--t" are each used once and stand out as unnecessary swearing. There are a few depictions of hot-to-trot older women that are executed with the utmost silliness -- mistaking the ape for her handsome masseuse, a woman is turned on by some tushy-slapping -- the randy behavior will go over the heads of young kids.
- Sexual Content
- Mild sexual suggestiveness as a lusty matron enjoys her massage. Teen boy is girl crazy and on the make.
- Slapstick and rough-and-tumble pummeling, including ear-biting, silly karate, and kitchen pots to the head. A kitchen knife is wielded. A large tranquilizer rifle is shot at Dunston but lodges in large man, causing sleepiness.
- A few mild swears, the worst of which are "hell" and "holy s--t."
- Social Behavior
- Everett's jewel thief is a classic bad guy and Dunaway's boss-lady is predictably rich and bitchy, yelling and firing people to let off steam and concerned more with success than happiness. The young boys are pranksters who exhibit some thoroughly naughty behavior but they do end of saving the day. The biggest take home message concerns the preoccupied single father's relationship with his sons. He is work obsessed but in the end learns to prioritize his family.
- A boy wears Spider-man T-shirt and has a Spider-man stuffed toy.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A woman drinks from a hip flask. Dustin smokes a cigar.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it