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(2011), PG [13-PG*] (1hr 36min)

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November 3, 2011
November 4, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG [13-PG*] ...

Production (US): Columbia, Sony Pictures, MGM, Broken Road, Hey Eddie, Happy Madson
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): Frank Coraci
Producer(s): Todd garner, Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo, Walt Becker, Barry Bernardi, Jeff Sussman, Charles Newirth, Jennifer Eatz, Aimee Keen
Screenplay by: Nick Bakay, Rock Reuben, Kevin James, Jay Scherick, David Ronn
Story by: Jay Scherick, David Ronn
Cinematography/Camera: Michael Barrett
Music: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Film Editing: Scott Hill
Casting: Kim Davis, Justine Baddeley
Production Design: Kirk M/\. Petruccelli
Art Direction: Damiel T. Dorrance
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

Zookeeper is a feel-good venture into the games of romance and friendship.

Zookeeper earned a final score just one point under the PG scoring range (68 to 86 out of 100). One point! If the filmmakers had left out just one use of profanity, one abuse of God's name, one example of crude humor, or one of any of a number of other examples of assault on morality and decency, Zookeeper would have earned a score in the range of scores earned by other PG-rated films in the comparative baseline database.

Kevin James stars as Griffin Constantine Keyes, head keeper of the Franklin Park Zoo. Five years ago Griffin had launched an intricate system of flash and flair to back him up when he asked a girl named Stephanie (Leslie Bibb) to marry him. Griffin had arranged a horse-back ride on the beach so Stephanie would find a bottle with a message that asked "Will you marry me?", a Mariachi band, heart-shaped fireworks and more. But when he asked her with his own voice she dumped him. Stephanie wants more in her dream man than a zookeeper.

Now griffin is solid in his profession as zookeeper. He is good at it and the animals all love him. But Griffin has not gotten over Stephanie ... and it shows. Daily.

One day, after Stephanie had dumped her current beaux, she appeared at the zoo and Griffin melted ... again. Now Griffin must make certain changes in himself to win Stephanie's heart for marriage. And he does. But is he happy with the changes he has made? Are the animals happy with the changes? More I will not reveal should you decide that the content of this film is acceptable for your family or other audience. We pray this service will help you make an informed moral decision on your own whether the this film is fit.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 93 out of 100
The violence/crime content of this film is, in a relative sense, minor. A gorilla driving a car wrecks it and Griffin kicks an abusive fellow employee into the wall of his home. And the scene, of course, generated "go what he deserved" feelings in the viewer. That is a perfect example of a warning made by four professional public health agencies. they jointly published that viewing violence in and as entertainment can lead the viewer into feeling that violence is an acceptable way to settle conflict. Two thousand years before that God warned us that violence is "catching." [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 48 out of 100
For a PG the filmmakers were rather flagrant with the profanity. Five uses of it plus two uses of the ostentatious euphemism of the most foul of the foul words. Concerning the typical PG age stratum, I guess the filmmakers and script writers are not concerned about what the children's angels, who report directly to God, say to Him. [Matt. 18:10] Other than the foul language, this film spews a number of crude, rude attempts at "humor", particularly urine. [Eph. 5:4] And a couple lies cause moral battle. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 76 out of 100
A couple sexual hints by Venom (Ken Jeong) toward Griffin, a couple sexual innuendo, Griffin in a bath tub and excessive cleavage once make up the most of the sexually oriented content. But these are innocuous? Right? Wrong. All form of sexual matters, especially when displayed and demonstrated in and as entertainment, have the potential to desensitize the viewer against the purity of God's Word about sexual humility. In a nutshell, any sexual contact (including visual and audible), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 69 out of 100
In 2002 the American College of Physicians (ACP) found that drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment inarguably leads many youthful viewers to experiment with them. And whatever we do to (or for} our little ones we do to (or for) Jesus. His words, not mine. [Matt. 25:40]

Offense to God (O) - 17 out of 100
Fifteen times someone abuses God's name. Fifteen times! And before a PG-aged crowd. Again Matt. 18:10 comes into play as does Matt. 25: 40 and an hundred other verses warning use against wrongful teaching of our little ones. Now let me remind us about Deuteronomy 5:11 in which God warns that He will not hold anyone guiltless who uses His name in vain. Not even that three-syllable sentence with His name trailing it.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides in Zookeeper.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of, to look down upon (which includes abuse, even by influence or bad example, lying to them, enticing/teasing them, seducing them and/or their thoughts, involving them in sin or crime, etc.). What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God? By the way, "little ones" is mikros meaning less by birth, younger. All of your children are "less by birth" than you. All of them are younger. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens, the most easily influenced, morally malleable age stratum.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 and Eph. 5:4 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of this sort of "entertainment" and just to let you know that God knows about "vulgar" and "obscene."]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me. [When Jesus used the words "the least of these, my brethren" He was speaking to, among other stature issues, the smallest in size which addresses children. In other verses such as Matt. 10:42 (below) His speaking to children includes "His little ones." "Little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth, younger. All of your children are younger than you by birth so "little ones includes at-home teens.]
  • Matt. 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Zookeeper (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 93 out of 100
  • property damage vehicle collision and leaving the scene
  • physical assault

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 48 out of 100
  • 5 uses of profanity plus to uses of and two uses of an euphemism of most foul of the foul words
  • animal crudity
  • urine "humor", repeatedly
  • feces "humor"
  • lies
  • open urination, twice

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 76 out of 100
  • two hints of homosexuality
  • innuendo re: erection
  • male anatomy "humor"
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer on private parts
  • man in bath tub
  • excessive cleavage

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 69 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drunkenness
  • drinking
  • bar

    Offense to God (O) - 17 out of 100
  • 23 abuses of God's name

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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