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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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$75,621,915 (USA) (11 May 2012)
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Ben Stiller was considered to play Benjamin Mee. See more »

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Walter Ferris worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but his government vehicle's license plates were State of California Exempt plates. His vehicle should have had U.S. government license plates rather than a state government's license plates. See more »

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Dylan Mee: I get it now, okay? I get why you can't stand me!
Benjamin Mee: Okay. All right.
Dylan Mee: No. At least now I know the real reason why you hate me! Look, I heard you admit it to her! Like you were talking about cornflakes. You hate me!
[rushes up the stairs]
Benjamin Mee: I hate you? Wait second.
[follows Dylan]
Benjamin Mee: Okay, we've had some problems, man, but we've figuring it out, okay?
Dylan Mee: Oh, that is bullshit! Admit it! You wish I wasn't here! With that expression in my eyes? I heard you!
Benjamin Mee: Hold on! Enough with the drama, all right? Knock it ...
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Beautiful & Touching, Crowe does it again.
27 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cameron Crowe never fails to deliver hart warming drama-comedies that make you laugh, cry and keep you on the edge of your seat for duration of his films. For me personally, I never seem to agree with Crowe's casting taste (Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson never do much for me) but Cameron has a way with actors and a true vision for his story. He always seems to know exactly who can capture his characters and ultimately draw out your emotions that he's tugging at.

In We Bought a Zoo, there is a bit of a slow start and at one point I was worried Cameron had lowered his voice to appeal to a larger audience to please producers and critics alike (after his Critically-bombed but personal all time fav, Elizabethtown).

But let me tell you, pay your dues with the first half of this film because the second half will take you on a mesmerizing cinematic adventure you'll be heartbroken for more. Cameron ventures into a new family drama without compromising his voice, music taste or quality film making. And if you are still not a huge CC fan, the animals are sure to win you over. Their beautiful and natural moments on screen are as breath taking as they are tear-jerking.

Spend an amazing two hours with this film and there won't be a person in your household that won't agree that this film is one to remember. From a fan and living-room-critic, I give it two thumbs up :)


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