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Zookeeper (2011)

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A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zoo keeper find love -- without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious.



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A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zoo keeper find love -- without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Don't talk to the animals... unless they talk to you first! See more »


Comedy | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude and suggestive humor, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 July 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El guardián del zoológico  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,065,617 (USA) (8 July 2011)


$80,360,866 (USA) (21 October 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Kate: You said you were done with the Zoo Game.
Griffin Keyes: I thought I had to change who I was to ...
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This was a fun, entertaining movie
10 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After reading some of the reviews for this movie, it is absolutely clear that most of the previous reviewers didn't get the point of the movie. It is a FAMILY movie.

You don't go to movies to see what you can pick apart, and then write a review that is already predisposed negatively against it. That's just stupid. Anyone who goes into a movie with the attitude they are going to hate the movie no matter, and writes an extremely negative review is an idiot. The reason to go to movies is to be entertained.

Zookeeper was a movie that entertained. The performances by all the cast members were very well done. There were a lot of laughs, and there was a lot of fun. My son, who by the way is 7, was in the perfect demographic for this movie. It had interesting characters, and situations.

For an adult, a movie with talking animals might not be your cup of tea, but for a small child, it is awesome. Yes, a child thinks it's funny when someone smashes into something or someone. Yes, for an adult, the movie might seem predictable, but truthfully, what movie isn't somewhat predictable? A young child (for whom the movie was made for) isn't going to be scrutinizing every tiny, single thing in a movie, just to say, " A-HA! SEE, I KNEW IT!". A child goes to the movies to be lost in imagination. My son laughed when there was a funny part. Whether it was funny because of the animals, or the humans, I heard a lot of laughter. And yes, I laughed a lot too, and so did my wife.

I believe that anyone who goes into this movie with the understanding that this is a movie targeted towards families with young children, that they will be entertained. This movie hits the mark for the appropriate audience members it was made for.

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