Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Sony Pictures

Directed by:

Frank Coraci


Kevin James as Griffin Keyes; Rosario Dawson as Kate; Leslie Bibb as Stephanie; Ken Jeong as Venom; Donnie Wahlberg as Shane; Joe Rogan as Gale

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online


Griffin knows better than anyone that he has a bear of a job. You won't hear him complain, though. He loves the zoo animals, and they like him pretty well, too. It's like he was born to be a zookeeper. So what's the problem? One word: Stephanie. Five years ago, Griffin asked Stephanie to marry him, but she turned him down. Now she's back again and says she's ready to take the plunge. But Griffin is afraid he'll get hurt again. Who better to help him face his fear than a bunch of crazy zoo animals?

Griffin is a likeable guy who looks out for his furry friends. He's a great zookeeper, so it's no surprise the zoo animals want to help him in return. They care about Griffin so much, in fact, that they're willing to break one of their rules and converse with him . . . out loud . . . in English. Griffin learns how important it is to stay true to yourself, and how neat it is to make good friends along the way.

Zookeeper is not all fun and games. There is quite a bit of toilet humor and lots of inappropriate comments made by the animals. There is also quite a bit of slapstick violence, including characters getting porcupine quills in the face, slamming into rock walls and falling off bridges. Many animals urinate on camera and Griffin does too.

Zookeeper doesn't maul its PG rating—though in this case the abbreviation might stand for "Pretty Gross." This summertime flick is a comedy in the sense that it's kinda funny that anyone thought this was a good idea for a movie.

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