Zookeeper is a 2011 comedy film starring Kevin James. James plays a zookeeper who needs a better job so he can impress his girlfriend. The animals at the zoo, however, don't want him to leave, so they start talking to him and try to help him get the girl while still continuing to be a zookeeper.
Zookeeper provides examples of:
- Brick Joke: Before leaving the zoo to start his new job, Griffin threatens to come to Shane's mother's house and punch him in the face if he finds out that he has been abusing Bernie. Sure enough, before embarking on the final chase, he makes a stop at Shane's mother's house...
- Derailing Love Interests: It seems that Griffin's old romantic partner turned out to be a shallow - who wanted him to be someone "successful" and not a zookeeper before being seen with him - and was VERY far from being a Friend to All Living Things (she had furniture and items made of all sorts of endangered animals materials, which is pretty much something Animal Lover Griffin wouldn't just stand for.) That's where Love Epiphany kicks in and Griffin breaks it up and races to catch up with his true (not-so-platonic) close friend before she reaches the airport.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Gale wouldn't have fallen off his bike if he hadn't insisted on pestering Griffin instead of just racing ahead of him.
- Eye Scream: When Griffin realizes that Shane's abusing Bernie the gorilla again.Griffin: What happened to your eye?
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: The gorilla pretends to be a human in a costume.
- Jerk Ass - Gale, and Shane.
- King of Beasts: Sylvester Stallone's lion, at least until the lioness joins the discussion.
- Master of Unlocking: The monkey, helping all the zoo animals get together.
- Mighty Roar: The bears try to teach this.
- Operation Jealousy: The protagonist and Kate (Rosario Dawson). Who could have possibly predicted how this would turn out?
- Polly Wants a Microphone: According to the animals, parrots are the only ones who get away with talking in front of humans.
- The Pratfall: An excellent flying one after running into a metal bar with his head.
- Prickly Porcupine: Appears to be of the projectile-launching variety.
- Product Placement: T.G.I.Friday's was very prominent in the trailer.
- Race for Your Love: The last part of the movie, Griffin races (with his gorilla pal, who tried to drive with little success) towards the airport to catch back the woman he realized he truly loved, the veterinarian of the zoo (he thought that they were Just Friends, but realized how much she meant to him while bonding with her at the party which they went together to for Operation Jealousy). And he manages to catch up to her thanks to the gorilla's great skills at climbing and swinging (applied to an enormous bridge), the film ending with the two animal lovers as an Official Couple.
- Refuge in Audacity: How do you take a talking gorilla to T.G.I. Friday's? Put him in a T-shirt and claim you're coming from a costume party.
- Griffin trying to learn the Mighty Roar from the bears ends up sounding like a Wookiee.
- Griffin is seen watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Salem's voice actor Nick Bakay co-wrote the film, and appears briefly in one scene as another zookeeper with broken glasses.
- Small Annoying Creature: The monkey.
- Sssssnake Talk: Venom's license plate.
- Trailers Always Spoil: It's like an abstract of the film!
- Talking Animal: Pretty much all of them.
- Urine Trouble: Inverted: A wolf gets peed on.