Rated PG 104 min. 2011

OK, there are worse movies than Zookeeper. But I didn’t see those this week, I saw Zookeeper. Here’s the set-up. Kevin James plays Griffin, the zookeeper of the title. He’s in love with Stephanie (Leslie Bibb), who is not in love with him, or really with anyone or anything other than a lifestyle she wishes to become accustomed to. Realizing that Griffin’s job isn’t likely to get her there, she dumps him, leaving him traumatized even five years later. Oh, he’s now “lead zookeeper” and he’s happy enough with that. Plus, he’s working with pretty, nice, intelligent Kate (Rosario Dawson), who is obviously attracted to him. At least it’s obvious to us, but then we know there’s no other reason for her to be in the picture. It all goes to hell the minute Stephanie shows up and shows renewed interest in him. Since this has so thrown him into a tailspin and made him consider taking a “better” job selling luxury sports cars at his brother’s dealership, the animals decide to break their “code of silence” and coach him in how to win the girl. It follows then that we will see what feels like reels and reels of Griffin following disastrous dating tips from chatty, celebrity-voiced animals. Now, I suppose there are those out there to whom this idea will appeal. How that will stack up in practice, watching Griffin trying to walk with his “puddin’ cup” thrust forward or mark his territory by peeing in a potted plant at a swanky restaurant (both should be hits with parents who have children with imitative natures), may or may not be another matter.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.zookeeper-movie.net

Director: Frank Coraci

Writer: Nick Bakay, Rock Reuben and Kevin James

Producer: Jennifer Eatz, Todd Garner, Kevin James and Jeff Sussman

Cast: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Judd Apatow, Cher, Leslie Bibb, Ken Jeong, Donnie Wahlberg and Jon Favreau



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