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Frank Coraci (2011)

PG Certificate
Saturday 6pm - 8pm Comedy Central (not Comedy Central +1)
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Saturday, 7pm - 9pm Comedy Central +1


Our Score
This patchy comedy stars Kevin James as lovelorn zookeeper Griffin Keyes, who decides to quit his job at Boston's Franklin Park zoo in the hope that more sophisticated employment will help him win the woman of his dreams. When the zoo inhabitants learn of his plans, they let him in on their big secret - they can talk! - and set out to give him dating advice, animal kingdom style. Director Frank Coraci assembles a top-notch voice cast (Sylvester Stallone, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler and Cher) to invest the beasts with some quirky traits, although the limp script gives them too few gags to work with. James stays true to type as the downtrodden everyman we've previously seen him play in Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Grown Ups, but too often falls back on crudely telegraphed slapstick.


The animals in a zoo are able to talk, but keep this hidden from all humans. When they learn their beloved keeper is planning on leaving, the creatures decide to share their secret in the hope of persuading him to stay, and offer him some help with his unsuccessful love life. Comedy, starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson.

Cast & Crew

Griffin Keyes Kevin James
Kate Rosario Dawson
Bernie the gorilla Nick Nolte
Stephanie Leslie Bibb
Joe the lion Sylvester Stallone
Janet the lioness Cher
Donald the capuchin monkey Adam Sandler
Venom Ken Jeong
Barry the Asian elephant Judd Apatow
Jerome the grizzly bear Jon Favreau
Bruce the grizzly bear Faizon Love
Spike the crow Jim Breuer
Mollie the giraffe Maya Rudolph
Shane Donnie Wahlberg
Director Frank Coraci
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony PicturesGuidance: Violence. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Jul 2011