by Heather
Photo courtesy of Lionsgate
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I’m a sucker for a feel-good movie. And bonus points if there are animals. Or babies. Or animals and babies. Now Gigi & Nate isn’t your traditional feel-good movie, even though it has an animal (but no babies). In fact, it starts off downright depressing. I mean really depressing. And then it gets uplifting. And for a while it is a feel-good movie. Then it gets depressing again. Like, shake your faith in humanity depressing. I mean, I’m not against animal rights groups, but this movie shows that sometimes, peoples priorities are a little screwed up.

So, without giving everything away, I’m going to say this is a very good movie. There are parts that are hard to watch. Not because they are gruesome or violent, but because they will make you shake your fist at the injustice. I laughed, I cried. It is a movie worth seeing


In this uplifting drama inspired by actual events, Nate (Charlie Rowe) suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic just weeks before departing for college. As Nate tries to adjust to his new life challenges, his mother (Oscar® winner* Marcia Gay Harden) helps him bring home an unlikely service animal, Gigi — a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Nate and Gigi form an unbreakable bond, but when it’s threatened by a group trying to outlaw capuchins, Nate’s family rallies behind him to help him regain what he needs most: hope.
 *2000, Actress in a Supporting Role, Pollock.

A huge THANK YOU to our friends at Lionsgate for giving me the opportunity to sit down with Director Nick Hamm.

During our conversation, we spoke about working with Charlie Rowe and how important it was to stay true to the story that inspired the movie. See what he shared with me in our video below.

Gigi & Nate is Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate


Disclosure: We received an advanced screener of Gigi & Nate to assist us with our review. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% our own.

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Kara Marks May 20, 2023 - 7:46 pm
Looks cute.
Terri Quick June 11, 2023 - 3:21 pm
Looks so adorable
Barrie December 30, 2023 - 10:12 pm
Never thought a monkey could be a support animal! Sounds like a good movie.
Mayleen January 21, 2024 - 11:58 pm
I have never watched this movie watched the trailer look like a good movie to watch for family movie night
Ashley Parks January 27, 2024 - 10:44 pm
I haven't seen this movie yet. I usually like movies with animals and this one looks sweet! The monkey reminds me of the one on Friends.
Maria Egan February 22, 2024 - 5:21 pm
I had not heard of this movie before but from the description it sounds like one that I would like to see.

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