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PG| 2 hr. 4 min.

Plot Summary
Following his wife's untimely death, Los Angeles journalist Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) decides to make a fresh start by quitting his job and moving his children (Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones) to an 18-acre property containing the Rosemoor Wildlife Park. Though closed for years, Rosemoor is still home to many animals, cared for by Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson) and her small staff. Mee opens his heart and his checkbook as he, Kelly and the others work to renovate and reopen the zoo.

Cast: Matt Damon , Scarlett Johansson , Thomas Haden Church , Patrick Fugit , Colin Ford , Elle Fanning , Maggie Elizabeth Jones , John Michael Higgins

Director: Cameron Crowe

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

Release Date: December 23rd, 2011|2 hr. 4 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 49 )
  • Damon is extraordinary. He's heartfelt performance has a tough core of intelligence and wit. show more

  • The film is sweet. Its observations of life in the aftermath of death ring true, especially for anyone who's traveled the contours of mourning. And although it doesn't rank among Crowe's greatest films, it's a better, tighter, more disarming piece of grief work than his baggy and zigzaggy "Elizabethtown." show more

  • We Bought a Zoo doesn't seem to know what kind of animal it is. Is it a family melodrama, a love story, a wacky comedy, a drama about coping with grief, a feel-good film about following your dreams, or, as ads seem to indicate, a gift-wrapped animal adventure? Not surprisingly, this menagerie of genres doesn't mesh. show more

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  • July 31, 2012 pn00000000128056
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    The only good thing in this movie is my true love scarlett johansson. www.moviezya.com

  • June 27, 2012 torbert19
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    I am very upset by the bad language used in this \"family\" movie. I sat down to watch this movie with children ages 5 to 10 and it upset me deeply that you people think it ok to use this language and call it a family movie. Very Disappointed.

  • June 02, 2012 hannahbanana5998
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    Very heartfelt movie, yet touching. I wouldn\'t recommend this movie to younger children, it tended to bore mine.

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