Developing Animal Magnetism
Release Date: July 08, 2011
Starring: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson,
Leslie Bibb, Ken Jeong, Donnie
Wahlberg, the voices of Nick
Nolte, Adam Sandler, Cher,
Sylvester Stallone, Don
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Frank Coraci
Executive Producer: Charles Newirth, Jeff Sussman,
Jennifer Eatz, Barry Bernardi
Producer: Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler,
Writer: Nick Bakay, Rock Reuben, Kevin
James, Jay Scherick, David
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Just as Griffin is feeling wonderful about his position and the zoo, Stephanie comes back into Griffin’s life, and he once again falls in love with her. The animals listen to all this and decide to talk with Griffin about how to gain back the love of Stephanie.
Shocked by the talking animals, Griffin tries to run away from the Zoo, but the animals catch his attention and tell him the only way he’ll get Stephanie back is to listen to their advice. Knowing how nervous and awkward he gets around Stephanie, Griffin agrees he needs help from the animals. Once Griffin knows that the animals can speak, he becomes even closer to them, even befriending the huge gorilla, Bernie, who starts to consider Griffin his best friend.
Just as Griffin is gaining confidence in getting Stephanie back, her ex-boyfriend, Gale, comes into the picture as Griffin’s rival. Working hard to regain the interest of Stephanie, Griffin awkwardly takes the animals’ advice, but to their chagrin, he also starts thinking about taking Stephanie’s advice to change his job. Meanwhile, Griffin’s coworker and friend, Kate, is gaining interest in him.
ZOOKEEPER is a typical Kevin James movie, where the main character awkwardly and clumsily tries to get the girl. Even though, audiences have seen this movie in different formats, ZOOKEEPER is comical and entertaining. Though there are plot flaws and the quality level is not extremely high, the audience is kept laughing.
Overall, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for pre-teenagers regarding ZOOKEEPER. Parents should warn their children about equating animals with people, no matter how cute and lovable animals can be.
ZOOKEEPER is funny but does have a strong environmentalist message and lots of scatological humor. Though the production quality of the movie is not extremely high, and the plot sometimes weak, the audience is kept laughing. The movie’s mixed worldview includes a message that equates animals with people. There’s also brief foul language. Overall, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for pre-teenagers regarding ZOOKEEPER. Parents should warn their children about equating animals with people, no matter how cute and lovable animals can be.