Starring: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson
Utah’s Hogle Zoo has got nothing on this zoo!… that is, unless they got a bunch of talking animals lately and forgot to tell anybody about it. Griffin (James) is a kind-hearted – yet bumbling – zookeeper who is coping with a recent proposal rejection. His broken heart has got him noticeably down on his luck. It’s so noticeable, in fact, that his down mood starts to affect the animals he supervises every day. One afternoon, Griffin accidentally stumbles across the animals as they are talking – yes, talking – about how to help Griffin win back the girl of his dreams. After snapping out of a complete state of shock, Griffin teams up with his mammal counterparts to refine his social etiquette and finesse with the ladies. Can the zoo animals help Griffin win back his former flame? Or will Griffin’s level-headed and equally-attractive coworker, Kate (Dawson), throw a wrench in the works?… a MONKEY wrench! Get it?
Why you will like it:
– You’ve gotta admit…: “Zookeeper” is not nearly the first movie about talking animals. Won’t be the last one, either. But it provides a couple genuinely clever, laugh-out-loud moments that audiences should enjoy unless they’re in a seriously fowl mood. Fowl. Get it??
– Family trips never get old: There’s a lot to like here if you’re a fan of these types of movies. Animal lovers will find the animals oh-so-cute, fans of Kevin James will eat up his type-casted humor, and people who like Adam Sandler movies will find “Zookeeper” right up their alley. [Didn’t have an animal joke for that one.]
Why you won’t like it:
– The more things change…: To some extent, all movies about talking animals are the same. It’s cheesy and unrealistic and some people just won’t be able to get past that. The movie only gets more and more ridiculous as time elapses. The conclusion to the film is one of the more preposterous things you may ever see in your entire life.
– No animals were harmed: If you’re watching with little kids, going into the movie thinking this will be all fun and games, there may be a few scenes that may disturb the young’ns. Insinuated abuse of zoo animals plays a minor role in the film. Also, as expected, those they look all warm and cuddly, some of the animals use phrases you may not want your kiddos repeating.
“Zookeeper” is basically what you’ll expect going into the movie. It’s a typical “family” film from Adam Sandler and his cohorts at Happy Madison Productions. They have cranked out, yet again, another slapstick comedy, rife with potty humor, mild innuendos, and a sappy, underlying love storyline. Nothing new here. Though the movie does have some redeeming qualities to it, you’re really not going to be missing much if you leave this one off of your “To Watch” list. You may also be interested in:”Madagascar” (2005), “Garfield” (2004), “Bedtime Stories” (2008), “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (2009).
DVD bonus features:
– Audio in English, English Audio Descriptive Service, French, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Mexico)
– Subtitles in English, English SDH, French, Spanish
– Movie previews for “The Smurfs,” “Soul Surfer,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” and “Planet 51”
Directed by: Frank Coraci (“The Wedding Singer,” “WaterBoy”)
Studio: Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison Productions
Running time: 102 minutes
MPAA rating: PG for “some rude and suggestive humor, and language.” (Nothing too terribly offensive.)
Costars Leslie Bibb, Joe Rogan, Ken Jeong, Donnie Wahlberg, and voice talents of Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone, Cher, Judd Apatow, Jon Favreau, Maya Rudolph, Don Rickles, and Adam Sandler
DVD release date: October 11, 2011
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