• We Bought a Zoo (2011)

We Bought a Zoo

Release Date: December 23rd, 2011

DVD Release Date: April 3rd, 2012

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 , Children

Production Co: Dune, Twentieth Century Fox, Vinyl Films

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Son, Amusing, Heartwarming, Inspiring, Love, Daughter, Family, 2000s, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 55

    The film has the feel of something deeply conventional that Crowe, who's also credited as a screenwriter, has tried with very mixed success to punch up with personality. show more

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Damon is extraordinary. He's heartfelt performance has a tough core of intelligence and wit. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Arguably the director's least typical film, it doesn't dodge the potholes of earnest sentimentality and at times overplays the whimsy. But the uplifting tale has heart, humanity and a warmly empathetic central performance from Matt Damon. show more

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