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  • Feb 12, 2013


It is no secret that I am a Kevin James fan and I guarantee that I will enjoy any thing that the man is in. I LOVED his show "The King of Queens" and have loved all of his films including his first Happy Madison film "Paul Blart: Mall Cop". Why did I love it you may ask, well because of the cast but also because my little cuz loved it. When you go to see these family films with the kids you can't help but enjoy it when you know they are. Well that same thing can be said here with James's latest Happy Madison flick "Zookeeper".

Now before I go further I want people to really reread that first paragraph particularly about the kids. I have read many a review on other sites that have been negative towards this film, which is fine. People have the right to their opinion but when you say a film is unrealistic then be realistic in your review. This film is for kids and it is obvious, if you go to see a movie with talking animals then I really don't want to hear you say it is unrealistic. It wasn't made for you it is for the kids therefore the family friendly PG rating it has. Also I have read people talking about a super hot woman let alone two getting with Kevin James could not happen. That is funny because he is actually married to a super hot woman, who actually plays his brother's wife in this movie.

The film follows Griffin Keyes [James] who still yearns for his ex but still loves his job. The thing is his job is what broke them up in the first place since she wanted him to do more with his life. He though loves his job and loves the animals he cares for and they love him back. It is with that said they all decide to help out their favorite Zookeeper and help him get his girl back. Of course in doing so they break the code that says they can not speak to humans. Add in that one of Griffin's fellow workers at the Zoo Kate [Rosario Dawson] could be the actual girl for him and a crazy new boyfriend of his ex played by Joe Rogan is in the picture and you have one entertaining flick.

Now like I said before this film will not be for everybody and any one wanting a serious film will be disappointed. This is indeed a comedy and a family friendly comedy at that aimed towards kids. Kevin James is perfect here in his role as the love struck bumbling type guy, he always is. James is a very funny guy because he is completely believable and likeable. I also like the fact that he likes making films geared towards kids so when they come out I can take my cuz and nieces and nephew to his films. "Paul Blart" was a PG film and now this one; add in the animated films like "Barn Yard" and it is obvious he likes to make these types of films. Even his latest MMA inspired film "Here Comes the Boom" is PG [loved that as well].

I would also love to point out MMA legend Bas Rutten voices Sebastian the Wolf and legendary MMA trainer Mark DellaGrotte cameos in this film. With that said I would like to say that Bas did an excellent job as the Wolf and was hilarious. Also MMA commentator/comedian Joe Rogan was exactly the right person for the boyfriend of the ex. He is wonderful funny and evil in this, loved him here. Speaking of the ex Leslie Bibb is excellent here plays the perfect gold digger like character who wants to change him. Rosario Dawson as well is wonderful as always in this film and I have to admit that I love her; she is one of my favorite actresses.

Donnie Wahlberg and Ken Jeong are great as well even though they are not in it as much as I would have wanted, especially Wahlberg. From the entire live cast all the way to the voice actors like Adam Sandler, Stallone and them this was a fun flick. You know what, that is what this is all about, fun. For kids or not this is a fun movie, Kevin James and the cast that was put together and talking animals could be nothing but. Any film in which a gorilla voiced by Nick Nolte goes partying at a TGI Friday's has to be fun. That of course is one of many fun scenes in this film, yeah, a fun flick.

I honestly wish I could find the words to really say how much fun this was but I can't. All I can say is that not only was it entertaining but listening to the kids crack up the whole time was wonderful. Also I don't know if every theater with this did this but all the kids got "Zookeeper" posters with animal facts on the back. Of course my girl, brother and I got one each as well, got to add that to the movie poster collection. So I do recommend this flick because it is good, it may not be the best film ever depending your taste but it is good. Remember the target audience and go in with that mindset and you will like it. Take the kids as well because they will love it.  The Blu-Ray is full of great special features.


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February 13, 2013
I still have to get to this--you sure like Kevin James. I am off to see HERE COMES THE BOOM.
February 20, 2013
Love that one as well.
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Quick Tip by . February 12, 2013
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I do recommend this flick because it is good, it may not be the best film ever depending your taste but it is good. Remember the target audience and go in with that mindset and you will like it. Take the kids as well because they will love it. The Blu-Ray is full of great special features.
review by . July 09, 2011
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Star Rating:         Is this supposed to be a joke? Zookeeper is so unbelievably stupid that it may not have been intended as a serious movie, but rather as a prank concocted by the studio heads. Paying audiences are not the only victims, here; let us not forget the likes of Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Sylvester Stallone, Cher, and Nick Nolte, all of whom I respect as actors. They too are getting the short end of the stick. Now that the powers that be at Columbia Pictures …
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Quick Tip by . December 28, 2011
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This was honestly one of the stupidest movies i saw in 2011 and thats saying something. Its like a bad mash up of Paul Blart, Night at the Museum, and Madagascar. The plot has big holes in it, and on top of being dumb didnt make much sense, and the one thing that really really made me dislike the whole film was the voices that they used for the animals...outright irritating!
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Director: Frank Coraci
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Release Date: 8 July 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Nick Bakay, Rock Reuben
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