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Scattershot, sometimes earthy comedy in which a mild-mannered Boston zoo attendant (Kevin James, who also co-wrote the script) discovers that the animals under his care (voiced by an ensemble that includes Nick Nolte and Adam Sandler) can communicate with him. Their "Wild Kingdom"-style mating advice, however, does little to help him recognize that a caring colleague (Rosario Dawson) is the gal he ought to be pursuing instead of the attractive but shallow ex-girlfriend (Leslie Bibb) with whom he continues to be infatuated. Director Frank Coraci's ill-matched crossbreeding of romance and children's fantasy is too mushy - and occasionally too mature - for kids, yet too sloppy for their discerning elders. Probably acceptable for mature teens.

Watch out for: Cohabitation, brief implied frontal nudity, some scatological and restrained sexual humor and a couple of mildly crass terms.

Rated: A-III; MPAA: PG

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