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"ZOOKEEPER"
(2011) (Kevin James, Rosario Dawson) (PG)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Moderate
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Mild
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Family Comedy: A zookeeper is shocked to learn that the animals in his care can not only talk, but also dole out relationship advice.
PLOT:
Griffin (KEVIN JAMES) is a Boston zookeeper who had his heart broken five years earlier when he proposed to his materialistic girlfriend, Stephanie (LESLIE BIBB), and she turned him down. Stephanie never respected his chosen career path and wanted him in a more upwardly mobile profession.

Five years later, Griffin is still working for the same zoo staffed by Kate (ROSARIO DAWSON), a kind-hearted veterinarian; Shane (DONNIE WAHLBERG), an animal handler with no respect for the creatures in his care; and Venom (KEN JEONG), the park's weird lizard expert. At an engagement party for his brother, Dave (NAT FAXON), and his fiancée, Robin (STEFFIANA DE LA CRUZ), Griffin reconnects with Stephanie and learns that she is currently seeing an egotistical, self-absorbed letch of a man named Gale (JOE ROGAN). He also learns that he still has feelings for her, even though he senses that Kate might be better for him.

Amazingly, the animals in his care start to talk and give him relationship and lifestyle advice. There's Joe (voice of SYLVESTER STALLONE), the vain lion; Janet (voice of CHER), his bossy lioness wife; Donald (voice of ADAM SANDLER), a mischievous monkey; Bernie (voice of NICK NOLTE), a depressed loner bear; and Sebastian (voice of BAS RUTTEN), the urine-obsessed wolf. Eventually, Griffin must choose between the job he loves and the woman who is perfect for him or a higher paying profession with the woman he has always fantasized about.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Yes, unfortunately. It has talking animals and it is getting heavy promotional support on Nickelodeon, the Cartoon Network, and other kid-friendly channels.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For some rude and suggestive humor and language.


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