Movie review: 'Monkey Kingdom' is a surefire win for kids

April 20, 2015 12:12 PM

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Parents need to know that nature documentary"Monkey Kingdom"is family-friendly overall but does have a few scenes that could frighten preschool-aged viewers. While Maya, the monkey who's presented as the main character of the story, and her baby remain safe, other members of her clan of macaques do die - one to an alligator and one to a warring monkey clan. There are also tense moments when it seems like Maya's baby will be hurt, and Maya herself is beaten by more prominent monkeys. On the lighter side, there are strong positive messages about motherhood and sacrifice, and - thanks in part toTina Fey's narration_humor and laughs for the whole family. And on an educational note, everyone will learn a good deal about Sri Lankan macaques.

Set in Sri Lanka, "Monkey Kingdom" is narrated byTina Feyand follows Maya, a female toque macaque at the bottom of her clan's social hierarchy. Maya isn't one of the alpha male's preferred mates - those are a trio of sister macaques who are quick to swat at any monkeys who don't know their place - b...

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