''Jungle 2 Jungle'' is a 1997 remake of French film ''"Un Indien Dans La Ville"''[[note]](''"An Indian In The City"'' though it was released in English as "''Small Indian, Big City''")[[/note]] starring Creator/TimAllen.

Michael Cromwell (Allen), a New York-based commodities broker, wants to marry his lady love Charlotte (Lolita Davidovich). But his divorce from his first wife, Dr. Patricia Cromwell ([=JoBeth=] Williams) has not been finalized yet, and he has to locate her. He traces her to a tribal settlement in Canaima National Park, Venezuela. His visit comes with a surprise: Michael and Patricia have a 13-year-old son who has been raised by the tribe, Mimi-Siku (Sam Huntington).

Michael is convinced to take his son with him in a first visit to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. Major culture shock follows. Also, the boy finds his first love in Karen Kempster (LeeleeSobieski), daughter of Michael's co-worker Richard (Martin Short).
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!!''Jungle 2 Jungle'' provides examples of:

* AccidentalPervert: Depends on if you consider it an "accident" or not--Mimi is looking for his pet tarantula in Charlotte's bed while she's sleeping in it, and gets an eyeful of her lower bits. [[AllMenArePerverts He visibly doesn't mind what he sees]], but she understandably flips out when she sees him there.
-->'''Mimi:''' [happily] Nice [[UnusualEuphemism poochie-poochie]]!\\
'''Charlotte:''' [wrapping herself up in a blanket and fleeing] ''THAT IS THE LAST "POOCHIE-POOCHIE" YOU'RE GOING TO SEE AROUND HERE, YOU LITTLE SAVAGE!''
* AesopAmnesia: So Michael acknowledges that he took Patricia for granted, and paid more attention to his work than her. He even acknowledges it to Mimi, and realizes that's why Charlotte might be so unhappy. But he ditches Charlotte twice in the movie without telling her why, and by the end, she's clearly unhappy with Michael and unwilling to work around his schedule.
* AlphaBitch: Charlotte.
* AwardBaitSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO5FzN1dk_0 It Starts In The Heart]] by Maxi Priest.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT call Mr. Jovanovic "Mr. J." And don't screw him on a stock deal, either.
* BigApplesauce: The movie features plenty of lovely shots of the pre-9/11 NYC skyline, along with location filming around the rest of the city.
* BlitheSpirit: Michael and Mimi-Siku go for a stroll in Central Park after buying some hot dogs from a vendor. Then Mimi notices some [[StreetPerformer Street Performers]] singing and playing instruments for a number that sounds remarkably similar to the tribal music he has heard back home, and he excitedly performs an ecstatic dance before the astonished onlookers. Mimi urges his father to join him, and Michael indulgently does. Then ''everybody'' in the park gets into the spirit and joins in the spontaneous dance party.
* BlowGun: Michael contrives to shoot himself in the leg with semi-paralytic darts not once but twice.
* ChildHater: Zig-zagged. Charlotte is ''almost'' an example, since she doesn't want to have kids and wasn't happy to hear about Mimi, but she ''does'' make an effort to befriend Mimi at first. She only starts disliking Mimi after the kid repeatedly acts out of line.
* ClifftopCaterwauling: At the beginning of the movie, Mimi-Siku lets out a triumphant yell at the top of a cliff, after scaling it bare-handed.
* CulturalTranslation: The original took place in France. Disney changed this to America.
* DeadpanSnarker: Michael.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Mimi and Karen actually ''didn't'' (this is a Disney film, after all, and they're just thirteen), but it doesn't stop her dad from freaking out and threatening her with boarding school.
* DogFoodDiet: Well, [[DogFoodDiet Cat Food Diet]].
* DoNotCallMePaul: Karen, in a fit of rebelliousness, tells her dad that her name isn't "Karen" anymore. It's "Oo-Koo-May," the name Mimi gave her.
* EatTheDog: It's a running gag. First, Mimi wants to eat Charlotte's cat, but [[{{Squick}} he settles for the cat food instead]]. Then he kills a pigeon with an arrow and gives it to a homeless man to eat. Finally, he steals the Kempsters' exotic fish and roasts them over a campfire in the backyard.
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: Subverted, then played straight. Jovanovic and his goons are more than sufficiently menacing (nearly slicing off Richard Kempster's fingers), but then they are humiliatingly trounced by Mimi-Siku and [[LetsGetDangerous the surprisingly competent Kempster family]].
* {{Fingore}}: Jovanovic's preferred method of punishment is to cut off fingers. We don't see anything since it's a family movie, but we do see the results of this punishment on another man.
* FishOutOfWater: Three kinds.
** First, there's Michael in the Amazon jungle and village. [[spoiler:As well as the Kempsters, who visit Mimi's village at the end of the film.]]
** Second, and for the majority of the film, there's Mimi in New York City.
** Finally, and more obliquely, there's Michael when he experiences SinkOrSwimFatherhood with Mimi, especially given Mimi's upbringing.
* ForeignQueasine:
** Lizard guts are Mimi's favorite food.
** Also, Patricia offers Michael some bat bladder.
** Jovanovic gives Michael and Richard some caviar straight from the fish. As soon as Jovanovic's back is turned, the two spit it out.
* ForeignRemake: The original was French.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: The father/son plot is the main focus, but there's also a lot more going on in the movie.
** For instance, there's the plot with Richard, the coffee stocks, and the Russian Mafia.
** Michael and Charlotte's relationship.
** Mimi and Karen's romance.
** The bit about the Statue of Liberty's fire.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Hoo boy, where do we begin?
** There's the bit with Mimi accidentally seeing Charlotte's (implied) nudity/semi-nudity, [[AllMenArePerverts and enjoying it]].
** Richard sees Mimi and Karen spooning in Mimi's hammock. Though the movie doesn't outright mention it, he assumes that the two had sex (they didn't), and he freaks out.
** Related to the above, when Michael finds out about Karen and Mimi, he asks if cookware [[note]]which in the tribal culture is used as a romantic gift in lieu of flowers[[/note]] was exchanged. Richard misunderstands.
--->'''Michael:''' Was there a pot involved?\\
'''Richard:''' No, there was no ''pot'' involved!
** When the Kempsters visit the tribe at the end of the movie, Mrs. Kempster wonders, "This isn't one of those [[NationalGeographicNudity topless tribes]], is it?"
** Jovanovic chooses to not cut off Richard's middle finger, because he "need[s] that one for traffic."
* GiverOfLameNames: Mimi. At age six, he named himself "Mimi-Siku," which means "cat piss." When he meets Michael, he names him "Baboon."
** However, he later averts this trope by giving Karen a native name with a nice meaning.
** May be In-Universe ValuesDissonance as Mimi's mother claims it's a territorial thing. "Baboon" may be a joke, however.
* GreyAndGreyMorality: At the beginning of the movie, Michael is a bona fide {{Jerkass}} who is wrapped up in himself and his white collar world, which costed him his first marriage. But his ex-wife Patricia isn't much better--she constantly belittles Michael; she springs Mimi-Siku on Michael after thirteen years; she says that promises in the tribe are kept no matter what, despite her breaking her promise to meet Michael in Caracas for the divorce paperwork; and she angrily guilts Michael into taking a son ''he knew nothing about two days ago'' back to New York, knowing full well that Michael made the promise with the belief that a "man" is eighteen or older and not thirteen.
* HuskyRusskie: The Russian boss.
* InTheLocalTongue: Mimi-Siku means "cat pee".
* ItTastesLikeFeet / TastesLikeChicken: Mimi remarks that a Central Park hot dog tastes like lizard guts. The latter trope is in effect for Mimi, who loves eating lizard guts; the former trope applies to Michael, who [[IAteWhat spits out the hot dog]] and chunks it into the garbage.
* {{Kidanova}}: Mimi-Siku is very popular with the village girls and gives them cooking pots as gifts, which the girls love and are more practical than flowers in the jungle. He doesn't stop when he gets to New York, either, flirting with a girl on the street and later romancing Karen. Michael claims it's InTheBlood, but Patricia seems skeptical.
* Letters2Numbers
* LiteralMinded: Michael tells Mimi to pour milk on the [[ProductPlacement Cap'n Crunch]] to make breakfast. But Michael neglects to tell Mimi that both should go into a bowl first...
* MightyWhitey: Played with, but ultimately repudiated. Mimi-Siku ''is'' quite adept at tribal customs, but that is only because he has been explicitly raised as an native, and among native children. At one point the chief assigns him a task in order to "become a man," but due to Michael's refusal to cooperate it at first doesn't look as if Mimi will succeed. Michael himself is noticeably squeamish around the various jungle animals and Mimi's pets - as are other Anglo-American characters when Mimi is brought to New York.
* RaisedByNatives: Mimi-Siku.
* RiteOfPassage: In order to become a man, Mimi-Siku is tasked with bringing back fire from the Statue of Liberty.
** Plus there's the ceremony which both Mimi-Siku and Michael take, which involves grabbing a smoldering torch with your bare hand.
* TheRemake
* SceneryPorn: Mostly in New York City, since the majority of the movie takes place there, but there are tons of lovely shots of Venezuela's Canaima National Park for the jungle scenes.
* ShoutOut: "He's doing a [[Film/KingKong Fay Wray]]!" (On Mimi-Siku on the outside of a high-rise)
* SinkOrSwimFatherhood
* SuddenlyShouting: Michael takes the revelation of Richard making the mob deal and carrying the money with him in a crowded restaurant [[SarcasmMode with subtle delicacy]].
--> '''Michael:''' Where's the money?
--> '''Richard:''' It's here. ''*picks up briefcase*''
--> '''Michael:''' You're walking around ''New York City''... With a '''''MILLION DOLLARS IN A SUITCASE?!'''''
* ToiletHumor:
** In the natives' culture, children choose their own names. Mimi chose his at age six, and apparently "Mimi-Siku" means "cat piss."
** Mimi also doesn't know how to use a bathroom. First he pees on the plane's exit hatch during the flight to New York, then later starts to pee on a potted plant in Charlotte's office.
** The scene in the tribe's bachelors' tent is mostly a series of fart jokes.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil?: The few people who went to see the movie did so because of the trailer. Especially the part where Martin Short is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsAbbL6R45I#t=01m12s shown a tarantula bigger than his hand.]] Unfortunately, that was the best part of the movie.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: No one in New York bats an eyelash at Mimi-Siku wandering the streets in full jungle garb, though it's {{justified|trope}} since it's New York City and crazy things are everywhere.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Everyone hates Mimi's tarantula, but no one worse than Mr. Jovanovic, who flees and leaves the Kempsters alone ''forever'' after Mimi sets the tarantula on him. A Russian mob boss!
* YouNoTakeCandle: Mimi-Siku apparently talks like this since he was raised alongside a native South American tribe, though it's ''really'' odd since his mother holds a doctorate and speaks perfect English.

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