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July 8th, 2011

Movie Review - Zookeeper





Starring: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Ken Jeong, Donnie Wahlberg, Joe Rogan, Nat Faxon, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Cher, Judd Apatow, Jon Faveau, Faizon Love, Maya Rudolph, Bass Rutten, and more...


Directed by: Frank Coraci  Story by: Jay Scherick and David Ronn Script by: Nick Bakay, Rock Reuben, Kevin James, Jay Scherick and David Ronn  Original Music by: Rupert Gregson-Williams


Premise: Five years after being dumped for being a zookeeper, Griffin Keyes gets a second chance to win his lady love when she shows up at a party held at the zoo. But not feeling confident, he'll be offered help from an unexpected source - the zoo animals.


Review: The film had several funny moments, but that was about it.  The presentation of the animals was nicely done. They did it so well that occasionally you forgot they couldn't really talk. So that was great for the suspension of disbelief. Kudos on that side of things.


There are a couple of sub story lines that added some nice unexpected depth to the film. Kevin James is very likable and sells it very well. The animals themselves were a hoot, most of them with quirky personalities. 


The TGI Friday's sequence was the best part of the movie. With the wedding party the second best section.


The movie was entertaining, but nothing extraordinary.  The ending set up was typical, and somewhat unbelievable as people can't just quit their jobs and come back, plus the issue of fronted airfare, stolen vehicles, and more gave it a deep sour note. Especially since they're totally overlooked and we do the cliched six months after immediately after resolution. So while it does end up happily ever after, they didn't work that bit enough so it fell a little flat.


Rating: 3.25 out of 5  (Hubby say's Would Have Been Better as Matinee.)


Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”


Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”

(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”


Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”


Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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