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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.

Director:

Cameron Crowe

Writers:

Aline Brosh McKenna (screenplay), Cameron Crowe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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
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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

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Based on a true story. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,450,000, 25 December 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,624,550

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,081,841
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Amy Adams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rachel McAdams were considered for the role of Kelly Foster. See more »

Goofs

When Kelly asks Benjamin why he bought the farm, her hair is moving because of the wind in some shots but not in others. 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.
[...]
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Hunger Strike
Written by Chris Cornell
Performed by Temple of the Dog
Courtesy of A&M Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"We Bought a Zoo!"
8 May 2012 | by theinaniloquentSee all my reviews

This is the first film I've seen by Cameron Crowe. I've heard lots about it, news circulating that it was a great film by a unsuspecting director. There's not much to this prologue, except I became intrigued and wanted to see what would happen..

I really did like it. I loved how the plot was so simplistic and low- key, that nothing could really stop you from watching it with a heart. The first thing I really loved was the cast. We have Matt Damon (great actor, with great diversity) Scarlett Johansson (pretty actor that I've known and loved from Lost in Translation) and lots of others underrated actors. They all did a great job playing their parts, albeit some scenes coming across cheesy. And that reminds me, the style of the film.. It really doesn't want to be as complex as you think, and the acting isn't bad at all. People may glance at it and think it is, but I thought the acting contained lots of heart and soul. It takes a lot for that to happen. Everything else was done with a similar fashion, and the film is glossed over with some emotional aspects. And for a family film, it was really refreshing to see. And to keep this alongside the film, I'm not going to go into full details. The movie was simplistic, sweet, and hopeful. So will this review. I liked it, I'm sure you will too.

7/10.


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