Review: There’s nothing wild about this ‘Zookeeper’

Kevin James wanted to make a family movie — one that would be stupendously inoffensive.

Kevin James wanted to make a family movie — one that would be stupendously inoffensive. And with “Zookeeper,” he has managed to do just that — with talking animals! — in a way that amazingly isn’t as boneheaded as the premise sounds. As a man passionate about his zookeeping job, James’ character gets advice from his talking animals (voiced by the likes of Nick Nolte and Cher) on how to win back an ex. It’s goofy, obvious, contrived and corny (there is a trip to T.G.I. Friday’s with a dancing gorilla, after all), but the humor is silly enough to amuse kids without resorting to toilet humor or sleaze for the adults. With this box of chocolates, you know exactly what you’re going to get — and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

 
 
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