7.1/10
128,317
222 user 261 critic

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

Trailer
2:27 | Trailer
Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

Director:

Cameron Crowe

Writers:

Aline Brosh McKenna (screenplay), Cameron Crowe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
3,948 ( 293)
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Marley & Me (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

Director: David Frankel
Stars: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane
Soul Surfer (2011)
Biography | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

Director: Sean McNamara
Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive.

Director: Nick Cassavetes
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin
Real Steel (2011)
Action | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling ex-boxer feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

With his wife doing a book tour, a father of twelve must handle a new job and his unstable brood.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff
Action | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.

Director: Harald Zwart
Stars: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson
Dolphin Tale (2011)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

Director: Charles Martin Smith
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr.
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality.

Director: Gabor Csupo
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, David Strathairn
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

More fun from Marley and this time he speaks! The worlds worst dog now has an attitude and a frisky voice. He and his summer pal, Bodi Grogan cause mayhem at the local dog contest. Marley outsmarts lots of other dogs while winning hearts.

Director: Michael Damian
Stars: Travis Turner, Donnelly Rhodes, Alex Zahara
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Benjamin Mee
Scarlett Johansson ... Kelly Foster
Thomas Haden Church ... Duncan Mee
Colin Ford ... Dylan Mee
Maggie Elizabeth Jones ... Rosie Mee
Angus Macfadyen ... Peter MacCready (as Angus MacFadyen)
Elle Fanning ... Lily Miska
Patrick Fugit ... Robin Jones
John Michael Higgins ... Walter Ferris
Carla Gallo ... Rhonda Blair
J.B. Smoove ... Mr. Stevens (as JB Smoove)
Stephanie Szostak ... Katherine Mee
Michael Panes ... Principal
Kym Whitley ... Cashier
Todd Stanton ... San Diego Vet
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A true zoo story. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un zoológico en casa See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,360,434, 25 December 2011

Gross USA:

$75,624,550

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,081,841
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kelly calls Benjamin "our local hero". Peter Riegert is in the cast and was in the movie Local Hero. See more »

Goofs

When repairing Solomons gate there is a normal door knob on the inside. MacReady breaks it off. Its never repaired, yet appears out of nowhere when the gate is 'fixed'. See more »

Quotes

[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.
[...]
See more »


Soundtracks

I Think It's Going to Rain Today
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Simple and Hopeful.
23 December 2011 | by jmeshearerSee all my reviews

This film, starring Matt Damon, was unequivocally everything I had hoped it would be. Upon viewing the trailer while waiting to watch The Muppets, there were tears in my eyes and my heart skipped a beat as I remembered I wasn't watching the film itself, just the preview.

The film came out yesterday and to my luck, my mother invited me to go and see it with her this evening. I was thrilled to see that the music throughout the film was performed by a favorite Icelandic musician, Jónsi, with a perfect selection of "Holocene" from Bon Iver's new album. It was little details such as these that kept me appreciating the film from start to finish.

The plot may have been at times predictable but they were predictions you wanted to happen; conflict you wanted to be resolved and rain you wish would stop. Coming into the theater already a Matt Damon fan I was interested to see how he was going to fill the widowed father role. A few things a noticed; Matt does look older, he is still as handsome as ever, and he should stick with a shorter haircut. Aside from my personal opinion, I think anyone leaving the theater could agree he played the roll wonderfully.

The warmhearted character of adorable Maggie Elizabeth Jones, melted my heart every time she was on the screen. Her character, "Rosie" was the seven year old whose dreams came true; her Dad moved them to a zoo. My favorite scene is when the Realtor tells Matt Damon's character, "Benjamin" that the house they wanted to buy was also a zoo. As Benjamin stood there dumbfounded, Rosie Jumped up and down as any seven year old would shouting "Yay!". Seriously, the cutest thing ever.

If the cast didn't win you over the animals did. Tigers, lions, bears, snakes, monkeys, owls, otters, peacocks, etc. The list goes on and on. Each personality portrayed in a relatable way as if you were on the team helping run the zoo itself.

If you and your family are wanting to go see a movie this holiday season, go and see We Bought A Zoo. It is the perfect film to tug at your heart strings, leave you with tears in your eyes, and hope in your heart.


87 of 112 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 222 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed