Zookeeper

Developing Animal Magnetism

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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 Rickles

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: PG

Runtime: 104 minutes

Address Comments To:

Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment (Columbia Pictures/TriStar/Screen Gems/AFFIRM Films)
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
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Content:

(Pa, Ro, B, EE, LL, V, S, N, M) Light mixed pagan worldview with some light Romantic elements, light moral elements and strong environmental content that equates animals with people and could add to the paganism; four obscenities, eight profanities, scatological comments about (pee and poop), and several crude comments but not extremely salacious; light comic violence such as man pushes other man off bike, man whips other man multiple times, man pushes other man into wall and wall falls apart, and man kicks other man; no implied or depicted sex scenes but it’s implied unmarried couple live together, some kissing and woman sees man naked but nothing shown though it’s discussed; upper male nudity with man in bathtub, women in scantily clad outfits, and man without pants on; no drinking; no smoking or drug use; and, lying, gorilla dances with women at TGI Fridays, and women do yoga and speak about the different positions.

Summary:

ZOOKEEPER stars Kevin James as a kind-hearted zookeeper who gets romantic advice from the zoo animals when he learns they can talk to him. Rated PG, ZOOKEEPER is funny but does have a strong environmentalist message equating animals with people and lots of scatological humor, so caution is advised for pre-teens.

Review:

In ZOOKEEPER, lead character Griffin Keyes, played by Kevin James, proposes to the beautiful girl of his dreams, Stephanie, just to be turned down because he’s a Zookeeper. Five years later, Griffin has become the lead Zookeeper, a status that usually takes longer to obtain. Griffin is the animal “whisperer. ” He lovingly takes care of all the animals, and helping to save many of the them with Kate, the zoo’s veterinarian.

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.

In Brief:

ZOOKEEPER stars Kevin James as Griffin Keyes, the lead zookeeper at Franklin Park Zoo. Griffin loves and cares for the animals like a friend. After five years, Griffin’s ex-girlfriend, Stephanie, comes back into his life. Knowing how awkward Griffin is around Stephanie, the zoo animals offer to help Griffin win her back. 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, Kate, is gaining interest in him.

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.