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Zookeeper (1 star)

Kevin James stars in woefully bad family rom-com

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Zookeeper

(PG) 101min

Part rom-com, part Doctor Dolittle style family comedy, Zookeeper, starring lardarse comic actor Kevin James (The Dilemma, Grown Ups), is a wholly unsatisfactory experience for all but the most juvenile minds.

The latest offering from Happy Madison, Adam Sandler’s production company, is directed by Frank Coraci (Click, The Waterboy) and is content to go for easy laughs and simplistic plot beats.

James plays loveable zookeeper Griffin Keyes, whose beach-side wedding proposal is callously turned down by Leslie Bibb’s money-grabber at the start of the movie, and who spends the ensuing time trying to win her back by proving that he’s better than his surroundings.

Helping him to do so, meanwhile, are Rosario Dawson’s shy vet (a more suitable match) and the various animals he looks after, who start talking in a bid to coach him in romance.

What follows is an endless array of slapstick situations involving James’ falling over, awkward situation comedy as he puts animal mating practices into real-life play (urinating inside a restaurant to mark his territory, etc), and low-brow jokes.

The most surprising thing about Zookeeper is just how many big names lend their voices to this farce, including Cher, Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone and Jon Favreau. But no one can breathe life into the tedious script.

General release from Fri 29 Jul.

Zookeeper International Trailer

Zookeeper

  • 1 star
  • 2011
  • US
  • PG
  • Directed by: Frank Coraci
  • Cast: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Steffiana De La Cruz, Donnie Wahlberg, Thomas Gottschalk, Voices:, Sylvester Stallone, Cher, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler, Maya Rudolph, Bas Rutten

James plays zookeeper Griffin Keyes, whose beach-side wedding proposal is turned down by Bibb's money-grabber. Helping him win her back are Dawson's shy vet and the various animals he looks after. But no one can breathe life into the tedious script.

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