Ursula Stanhope returns to the states with George
of the Jungle, they trade in their tree house for Ursula's pad in the
Tamalpais Building, 1201 Greenwich Street on Russian Hill. The 1997 live
action version of the Jay Ward cartoon from the '60s is a good breather
from intellectual films and indies. The script is pretty crappy but it
moves along. George of the Jungle actually has an elephant crap scene,
as well a pee one, so this criticism shouldn't be considered too unjust even
by fans. After finding George on safari, Ursula falls in love with the
happy-go-lucky jungle man. As George, Brendan Fraser's role is written
in Hollywood Tarzenglish. He looks good in a loincloth. On his San Francisco
sojourn, George visits
Neiman Marcus, which
he refers to as "a big, shiny cave." Also seen are a few good cityscapes,
a passing cable car, the Fairmont Hotel,
Street, and some authentic sidewalk moments. But the real pay off is
George's dramatic Bay Bridge rescue scene.
Directed by Sam Weisman, with Leslie Mann as Ursula.
Willie Brown has a short speaking part, as himself, in a scene with
Holland Taylor, who plays Ursula's socialite mother.
First Bank, 550 Montgomery Street ("Stanhope Bank")
Copyright 2002 Hank Donat