Monkey Business

1931 NR 1h 17m DVD

Monkey Business

1931 NR 1h 17m DVD
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One of the Marx Brothers' funniest movies, the title of the film says it all as Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo stow away on a luxury liner. Before long, all hell breaks loose, with more sight gags and one-liners on display than entrees at a midnight buffet. Look fast for their father, "Frenchy," wearing two-tone shoes and seated atop some luggage as the boys disembark.
Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Thelma Todd, Rockliffe Fellowes, Harry Woods, Ruth Hall, Tom Kennedy
Norman Z. McLeod
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
age 5+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Monkey Business is all about the silliness, and mature content is at a minimum. At one point Groucho tries to cultivate an affair with a married woman, and there's a slapsticky fistfight at the movie's climax. Some of the jokes deal with topics and people -- especially French crooner Maurice Chevalier -- better known in the 1930s. This film is not to be confused with another comedy from Hollywood's black-and-white era, 1951's Monkey Business with Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, and Marilyn Monroe

Sexual Content

Mild innuendo from Groucho. Young women are chased around by Harpo, but his attitude is so childlike you get the feeling he wouldn't know what to do if he ever caught one.


Climax is a fistfight between Zeppo and various gangsters and henchmen; more slapstick than anything else.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The Marx Bros.' shtick is to bring chaos into a polite, high-class social environment: first a cruise ship, then a party. Zeppo, though, gets to act heroic by rescuing a girl.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Groucho smokes his famous cigar. Social drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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