Movie Review: The Zookeeper Isn’t Wild Enough

The Zookeeper is no Mr. Popper’s Penguins. On the continuum of live-action talking-animal films, it’s somewhat more emotionally resonant than the execrable Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, but less amusing than the airplane candy Dr. Dolittle.

The should-be-more-fun gag at the core of the film — made by Frank Coraci, director of Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer and Click — is that the beasts begin talking, and use their skill to give a neurotic, husky zookeper named Griffin (played by Kevin James) all sorts of animal-kingdom advice on mating. You see, Griffin is hopelessly obsessed with Stephanie, a superficial, skinny snoot (Leslie Bibb), and unaware of Kate, the comely veterinarian (Rosario Dawson) right under his snout. Read More...


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