An adaptation of eccentric animal-lover Gertrude Lintz's (played engagingly by Rene Russo) memoir Animals Are My Hobby,
which chronicles the willful, flapper-era heiress' attempts to raise a gaggle of animals -- notoriously intransigent
chimpanzees included -- as though they were children. Adults will find the story a bit thin, but they're not the intended audience, to judge by the fairy-tale production design. The movie's heart lies in the deep bond between Lintz and her favorite gorilla, Buddy, and while director Caroline
Thompson gives an entertaining, if predictable, spin to the themes of maternal manipulation and childish rebelliousness (with a bit of t...