Boy meets gorilla, FREE WILLY-style, in this predictable children's film which features commendable performances from its human leads. BORN TO BE WILD grossed a paltry $3.7 million in its theatrical release, but its video release became one of the surprise rental hits of the summer.
Behavioral researcher Margaret Heller (Helen Shaver) disciplines her rebellious son Rick (Wil Horneff) by putting him to work at her lab, cleaning animal cages. Rick's surly attitude changes after he makes friends with Katie, a 3-year-old gorilla who has been taught to communicate using sign
language. Their bond is threatened when Katie's real owner, flea market proprietor Gus Charnl...