Although Zookeeper isn't for everyone, it has a great charm that a certain core audience will absolutely enjoy. Kevin James fans will get to see exactly what they love about the actor. His funny lines, charming vulnerability, and nice-guy appeal are all front and center.
James stars as Griffin Keyes, a lovable Zookeeper with a heart of gold. He is head over heels in love with a beautiful woman (Leslie Bibbs) who rejects his extravagant proposal on the beach.
Years later he sees her again at his brother's engagement party and realizes that he is still interested. And surprisingly, so is she. He sets out to win her back, even thinking about quitting the zoo, since she's not a fan of his line of work.
Now comes the interesting part of the film - the zoo animals can talk! And they are dead-set on helping their beloved zookeeper win the girl of his dreams by giving away all their mating rituals.
The animals decide to reveal their secret, much to the surprise of their human friend and start telling him exactly what to do. The best part of the film are the varied voices of all the different animals. Adam Sandler's voice of Donald the monkey is just hilarious - he definitely creates the most laugh out loud moments of the film.
One of the best (and perhaps most ludicrous) moments of the entire movie is when Griffin takes Bernie the Gorilla out to TGI Friday's for a night on the town. It's so ridiculous, it's actually entertaining.
Although the animals are cute and very funny, most of the film revolves around Griffin doing extremely embarrassing and pathetic things to get the girl of his dreams - one who wants a version of him that doesn't even exist.
Rosario Dawson stars as his very smart and lovely co-worker Kate who helps Griffin impress his crush at his brother's wedding. The guy is so unbelievable wrapped up in this terrible woman that he can't see a great one right in front of his eyes.
James is predictable, but it's a charmingly dependable performance - very similar to his love-sick puppy dog in Hitch.
Zookeeper is a great film for the kids too. While many people will not find this film remotely funny, the kids will love it. Who doesn't love a talking monkey with a funny voice? It's definitely a hit or miss comedy, but it will find a willing audience in the younger crowd.
Once you get passed the silliness of talking animals, you will be able to sit back and enjoy this one for what it is - a goofy comedy with a great message about staying true to yourself, no matter how much someone wants you to change.