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We Bought a Zoo (2011)

 -  Drama | Family  -  23 December 2011 (USA)
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Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

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Benjamin has lost his wife. In a bid to start his life over, he purchases a large house that has a zoo. This is welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the head keeper, Kelly, and the rest of the zoo staff. But, the zoo soon runs into financial trouble. The staff must get the zoo back to its former glory, pass a zoo inspection, and get it back open to the public. Written by Kad

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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23 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un zoológico en casa  »

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$9,450,000 (USA) (23 December 2011)

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$75,621,915 (USA) (11 May 2012)
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Amy Adams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rachel McAdams were considered for the role of Kelly Foster. See more »

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Dylan is standing at Lily's window in the rain. In the first shot, his wet hair is plastered against his forehead. They cut to Lily and back to Dylan, and his forehead is now clear. When they cut back to him the third time, his wet hair is once again plastered against his forehead. See more »

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In praise of earnestness
26 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

I am grateful that in this cynical world, there are still artists who are courageous enough not to run from earnestness, but to embrace it. Cameron Crowe has done just that with WE BOUGHT A ZOO. This is a beautiful movie, full of life - truthfully acted, beautifully shot and lovingly directed. I expected to cry (which I did, many times) but I didn't know that it would also be so funny with levity coming just when you need it. Matt Damon was brilliant as the heartbroken but hopeful father. And my only gripe about Thomas Haden Church is that there wasn't more of him! The kids were all brilliant -- not an ounce of self-consciousness to their acting, which is rare when it comes to child actors. And the final scene alone is worth the price of admission. Anyone willing to open his or her heart will fall in love with this movie like I did. Kudos to all involved.


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