|In the romantic comedy “Zookeeper,” a kindly zookeeper (Kevin James) gets dating advice from a gorilla, plus other animals under his care.|
Frank Coraci’s comedy “Zookeeper” contains more clichés than animals.
Neither grouping is particularly wild.
Nonetheless, “Zookeeper” embraces the absurdity of its crazy premise and isn’t afraid to venture into abject stupidity when the script calls for it.
It’s hard to believe how far computerized talking animal movies have fallen since the classic “Babe” hit the silver screen.
Then, a cute talking piggy tried to find his life’s purpose and a little self-actualization along the way.
In “Zookeeper,” talking animals exist merely to bicker with each other while ladling out romantic advice to the responsible zookeeper who protects them and takes care of them.
He’s Griffin Keyes, played by Kevin James as if mall cop Paul Blart suddenly decided to become Dr. Doolittle.
At the start of “Zookeeper,” Griffin proposes to his very blonde and vacuous girlfriend Stephanie (Leslie Bibb), who flatly turns him down because he’s a mere zookeeper, and she really thought he’d be doing something important with his life by now. (Read more…)