Goes wild in bid to find true romance
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.