Goes wild in bid to find true ro­mance

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

a night on the town, per­suad­ing the pa­trons of one swanky Bos­ton bar that the hulk­ing pri­mate is a friend in cos­tume. Away from the silli­ness, we grow fond of the char­ac­ters and the script man­ages the oc­ca­sional mo­ment of sil­ver­tongued ten­der­ness. Grif­fin Keyes (James) is hu­mil­i­ated when his sweet­heart Stephanie (Bibb) re­buffs a mar­riage pro­posal. “I know it shouldn’t bother me that you’re a zookeeper, but it kinda does,” she re­sponds. The an­i­mals, led by Joe the lion (voiced by Sylvester Stal­lone) and Janet the li­on­ess (Cher), de­cide to break their si­lence to help Grif­fin win back Stephanie. Once the keeper re­cov­ers from the shock that the beasts can talk, he fol­lows their con­flict­ing ad­vice about how to woo Stephanie. Zookeeper makes Grif­fin the butt of the jokes as he tries to be some­one or some­thing he isn’t to find true ro­mance. Of course, he even­tu­ally re­alises that he only has to be him­self to win the fair lady’s heart while his an­i­mal ac­com­plices screech, growl, trum­pet and whoop with de­light. Though Zookeeper doesn’t re­ally cast any lin­ger­ing an­i­mal magic, it has enough laughs to keep fam­ily au­di­ences en­gaged dur­ing the hol­i­days. FAM­ILY WATCH: No Swearing, No Sex, Vi­o­lence.

JOKER: Kevin James as zookeeper Grif­fin Keyes.

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