New York Times - 01/24/1997
"...[The film] shows a fine, satirical appreciation for the real laws of the jungle....[A] giddy, enjoyably silly farce..."
This reunion of the cast of A FISH CALLED WANDA is not a sequel, but features the trademark humor of John Cleese, Kevin Kline, and Jamie Lee Curtis, including Kline's genius double performance as an aging media mogul and his buffoon of a son. A riotous and scatterbrained story of frantic English zoo keeper (John Cleese) whose demesne is threatened by a tightfisted down sizing Australian media mogul, Vince McCain (Kevin Kline). A visit by the mogul's bumbling son, Rod McCain (Kevin Kline again) prompts a rash of changes at the zoo, including the order that the animals be made more fierce. In an effort to attract a huge parade of visitors the corporate moguls want to create a theme park atmosphere with only violent animals on display. In protest, the liberal zoo keepers fight back in a hilarious effort to prove the ferocious temperament of animals like the meerkat, deemed the "piranhas of the desert." When Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis), a hard-nosed marketing genius, is sent to the zoo to look after the operation she is forced to look after Rod, as he creates marketing mayhem, with false celebrity sponsors, Disneyland-like costumes for the zoo keepers and advertisements run amok. As Willa spends more time around the downtrodden zoo keepers and their fearless leader, she realizes that the McCain empire must be stopped, coming up with a delirious plan to quell the media moguls and take back the zoo.