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We Bought a Zoo (2011)

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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 in 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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Comedy | 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)  »

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Un zoológico en casa  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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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The zoo opens on July 7, 2010 but when we see Benjamin Mee holding papers in the car when they go house hunting, in all the papers of the house listings, the date is Jan 3,2011. See more »

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[first lines]
Dylan Mee: My dad is a writer who specialized in adventure.
Benjamin Mee: This is Benjamin Mee. I am surrounded by hundreds, probably thousands of killer bees. If I wasn't wearing this suit, I would be dead in an instant.
Dylan Mee: He interviewed dangerous dictators.
Hugo Chavez: Take this message to that American cowboy. We already gave a 10 billion dollar oil credit to China. Swallow that, Mr. Danger!
Benjamin Mee: What's your favorite movie?
Hugo Chavez: Toy Story.
[to his staff]
Hugo Chavez: The first one or the second one?
Segundo: The second.
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Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) See more »

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Mariachi El Bronx
Written by Vincent Hidalgo, Joby J. Ford, Jorma Vik, Ray Suen, Brad Magers, Ken Mochikoshi-Horne (as Ken Horne) and Matt Caughthran
Performed by Mariachi El Bronx
Courtesy of ATO Records
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A wonderful family movie that is full of heart and appeals to all ages. A must see family movie. I easily say its an A.
31 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it." Benjamin Mee's (Damon) life is starting to crumble. His wife has died, his son is expelled from school and he quit his job. In hopes to start a new life they decide to move and find the perfect house. Then they realize that it's a zoo. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical going in because I thought that it would be a good movie but really cheesy. I really like Cameron Crowe though so I expected it to be good from that. I have to admit that this was one of the best family movies that I have seen in a long time. The movie had enormous heart, depth and tackled real world issues while still appealing to all ages. The writing and the acting were great and the movie absolutely won me over a half hour in. I highly recommend this one. Overall, this is a must see for families and is one to buy so you can watch over and over. I give it an A.


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