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In Zookeeper, Paul James plays Griffin Keyes, a zookeeper — no, a great zookeeper — who is dumped by a girl and, five years later, meets up with her again. He feels he might have a shot at getting back together with her if he ditches his zookeeper position for more lucrative employment. The animals, however, have a say in it — literally — as they break their code of silence to give Griffin relationship tips and life lessons.

ClearPlay In Action!

ClearPlay is tailor–made for fare like Zookeeper, a movie that seems to be a harmless PG family film, yet has several scenes that could be offensive to sensitive audiences. ClearPlay cuts 15 religious exclamations, another 15 instances of profanity or anatomical references, and some double entendres. Also, there are some squirmy moments like when a man has to feel in another man’s pockets for keys, or crude scenes involving animal bodily functions.

Is this movie a keeper?…

Kevin James is highly likable, but that good will only goes so far. Sure, Zookeeper is made for kids, but it is highly predictable for adults — see if you don’t anticipate the whole rest of the movie after 10 minutes. Worse, though, is that the talking animal shtick isn’t as fun and magical as you might anticipate; the vocal talents are a bit bland or manic, without being charming. Zookeeper has some nice moments, but not enough to sustain 100 minutes of zoo story.

Marty Nabhan—ClearPlay Animal Lover
Rated PG for some rude and suggestive humor, and language; 102 min; Directed by Frank Coraci
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