“Fierce Creatures” could have been a cute comedy with romance and cuddly animals. Instead we get lust, sexual innuendo and, I admit, cute animals.
The story centers around a zoo’s wacky employees' shenanigans in trying to rescue the zoo from being ruined by the manager, Rollo Lee. Rollo wants violent animals in the zoo. Supposedly this will make more money, exactly what he and owner/billionaire Rod McCain want.
McCain’s son, Vince (Kevin Kline) is a greedy, sex starved lizard who eventually accompanies Willa Weston (his fathers employee) to England, where the zoo is located. (Hint: Willa is the woman with the low cut shirt and too-tight clothing.) Most of Willa’s screen time, unfortunately, is spent fending off Vince’s sexual advances, and looking suspicious of the zoo manager when he repeatedly gets into situations which make him look like a male nymphomaniac.
This movie really needed a heavy handed editor. Alas, Frank Capra is dead.
I give it such a low Moral Rating because of its sexual innuendo, accidental murder, exploitation of the feminine form, and the park’s employees who cover themselves with fake blood and wounds in their attempt to convince people that that cuddly animals are really dangerous. Then there’s the hints of weird sex, attempted homicide… you get the picture.
Year of Release—1997