Movie Review – Zookeeper (2011)

ZookeeperA group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zoo keeper find love — without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious.

Director: Frank Coraci
Writers: Nick Bakay (screenplay), Rock Reuben (screenplay)
Stars: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb

There is no doubt about it. Kevin James is a funny guy. I have seen plenty of stuff from him where he is funny, but I am beginning to think that he cannot carry a film by himself. In Zookeeper, he plays Griffin Keyes who is … well a zookeeper who plans an elaborate marriage proposal to the love of his life, Stephanie (Leslie Bibb). She rejects his proposal solely based on his job title. We then fast forward five years where he has a chance to win her heart back, but this time he has the help of his talking zoo animal friends to guide him in his quest.

So, you are saying to yourself, you have an adult-themed movie with talking animals? How can you go wrong? Well, wrong they did go with it. There is nothing in the movie taking advantage of the golden opportunity that they had before them. On top of that, Kevin James was pretty bland and the moments that were supposed to be funny just were not.

If it were not for Rosario Dawson, who brings another level of life to the film, it would have been a complete throwaway, but even with her nice role, the film is marginally watchable and definitely not worth a trip to the movie theater. I am not even sure if it is worth a rental.