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Zookeeper (2011)



Critic Consensus: Zookeeper smothers Kevin James's with a sodden script and a surfeit of jokes inappropriate for the young viewers who would be intrigued by its juvenile storyline.

Movie Info

In Zookeeper, the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James). Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job. The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship - animal style. -- (C) Sony Pictures Publicitymore
Rating: PG (for some rude and suggestive humor, and language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Nick Bakay, Rock Reuben, Kevin James
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 11, 2011
Box Office: $80.4M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Kevin James
as Griffin Keyes
Ken Jeong
as Venom
Leslie Bibb
as Stephanie
Nick Bakay
as Franky
Jackie Sandler
as TGIF Waitress
Robin Bakay
as Rebecca
Gary Valentine
as Pizza Guy
Tanner Blaze
as Little Boy at Zoo
Tim Gage
as Bike Guy
Katrina Begin
as Secretary at TGIF
Michael Burton
as Car Customer
Todd Zeile
as High Roller
Mookie Barker
as Grandfather
Daniel Guire
as Salesmen
Ellen Colton
as Shane's Mother
Barry Bernardi
as Cab Driver
Juston McKinney
as Upscale Restaurant M...
Sylvester Stallone
as Joe the Lion
as Janet the Lioness
Adam Sandler
as Donald the Monkey
Jon Favreau
as Jerome the Bear
Judd Apatow
as Barry the Elephant
Faizon Love
as Bruce the Bear
Bas Rutten
as Sebastian the Wolf
Nick Nolte
as Bernie the Gorilla
Maya Rudolph
as Mollie the Giraffe
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News & Interviews for Zookeeper

Critic Reviews for Zookeeper

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (29)

Movies like "Zookeeper" make you hate movies, restaurants, animals, and Earth.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

Kevin James' new comedy Zookeeper may be popular with the kiddos, but slapstick humor and a cookie-cutter storyline doom it for adults.

Full Review… | March 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

Give Kevin James this much credit -- the dude leaves it all on the field, even when the movie's bad.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
Tribune News Service

A high concept-movie falls almost as flat as star Kevin James doing pratfalls.

Full Review… | January 6, 2012
Film Journal International

Doesn't belabor its punch lines and it maximizes James' likeability to a mostly winning result.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The latest in an increasingly long line of misbegotten Kevin James comedies...

Full Review… | October 15, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Zookeeper

Bernie the Gorilla: Hey, don't leave me in the van; I'm out of the zoo without my iZod. 

"Don't talk to the animals... unless they talk to you first."

 Zookeeper is a rather messy, cliche, predictable family comedy that uses a premise that all animals can talk and that they will even befriend a certain type of person. So, so far this sounds awful. That's how I figured I'd view the film. I thought I wouldn't like it, and I believed it would be horrible. Now while it isn't a good movie by any standards, I was completely surprised by it. Somehow all this stupidness ends up being a rather fun time, even with Adam Sandler's horrible voice for the monkey. 

At the beginning of this movie we see a zookeeper propose to his girlfriend. It doesn't go well and then the story jumps several years ahead where we see that he's still a zookeeper even though the only reason his girlfriend wouldn't marry him was because he was a zookeeper. He loves his work though. When he runs into his girlfriend at a party for his brother who is getting married, he tries to win her back. A bunch of the zoo animals decide to try to help him out with his relationship problems and begin talking to him. In the end the story has the same sort of family theme that you don't need to change who you are to be happy.

I sort of have an affection for these dumb comedies that Kevin James has been starring in. I didn't even hate Mall Cop. I've been a fan of James since I grew up watching his television show, The King of Queens. Ever since then, I always check out whatever he's in no matter how awful it looks. I was happy I checked out Mall Cop and now I'm happy I checked out Zookeeper.

In the end, you sort of now what you're going to get from a movie like this. It isn't an amazing film by any standards, but there's something that is really likable about it all. I never thought I would say anything with talking animals would be likable, but this is just one of those times where a movie really surprises you.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


I wanted to hate this cliche-ridden pablum, meant entirely for families (meaning the six - seven year olds children in those families and, of course, by extension their long suffering and mostly forgotten parents) ... but I couldn't. James is ever James and the very recognizable celeb voice work carry this past offensive into the just right zone.
Just right for six - seven year olds.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Love Kevin James. Did not like this much...Goofy dumb, not goofy funny.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Zookeeper Quotes

Bernie the Gorilla: Is TGI Fridays really as good as they say?
Griffin Keyes: It's pretty good.
– Submitted by Jed G (3 years ago)
Joe the Lion: Griffin, we need to talk.
– Submitted by Jed G (3 years ago)
Donald the Monkey: Whoa! Slow it down, hot shot.
– Submitted by Jed G (3 years ago)
Donald the Monkey: It's all about the thumbs.
– Submitted by Krista B (4 years ago)

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