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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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In the movie, the character, Rosie, refers to her dad, Benjamin Mee, as "more handsome" than the other dads because most of them don't have hair. The real Benjamin Mee is completely bald. See more »

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When the family is driving through town, on their way to their new house, right after they pass by Little Dom's, you can see movie trucks down a side street. See more »

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Rosie Mee: [to Walter] Hey, mister. Everybody says your a dick. I don't know what that means, but I don't believe it.
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Stop comparing to Jerry Maguire! This is a great family film.
1 January 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

We bought a zoo is a great movie to go see with the family. Damon flaunts his emotional acting abilities with great form but the stage stealer is young Maggie Elizebeth Jones playing Damon's seven year old daughter. Jones is an eccentric little girl who is bound to bring laughter and Aww's out of you. Elle Fanning does a great job as always; Tomas Haden Church plays his perfect role, and Scarlett Johansson levels things out very nicely.

If you want a lot of emotion with consistent laughter, We Bought a Zoo is a great Sunday afternoon choice. Bound to bring tears, smiles and laughter, with a great true story to back it up.


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