Director: Frank Coraci

Stars: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson

Rating: **

Kevin James wanted to make a family movie — one that would be stupendously inoffensive. He has managed to do that with talking animals in way — amazingly — that isn’t actually 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 TGI Friday’s with a dancing gorilla, after all), but the humour is silly enough to amuse kids without resorting to toilet humour 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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