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'We Bought A Zoo' Starring Matt Damon

A movie directed by Cameron Crowe.

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  • Jan 11, 2012
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Matt Damon stars as a recent widower and father who decides his family needs a big change to help them deal with their grief. He buys a run-down private zoo and, with the help of the zookeeper (Scarlett Johansson), brings it and his family back to life.

If you like Damon and Johansson, you'll like this movie. They're not my favorites, however, so I found them a bit annoying and their characters idealized and unbelievable. The romantic tension between them takes up most of the story, which I felt was rushing things for a man whose beloved wife died only six months earlier. The little girl who plays the daughter is way too precocious to be believed; she never acts like a 7-year old but speaks with the wisdom and maturity of a 40-year old. Colin Ford, on the other hand, is wonderful as the alienated teenage son. There isn't much interaction or `awwww-how-cute' moments with the animals; this story is about the people.

Since it's based on a true story, I can appreciate the heart behind it, but still, fixing up the dilapidated zoo did seem rather effortless for Damon's city-slicker character. Although it's predictable and sentimental, the story deals sensitively with human and animal death and there were few dry eyes in my theatre.
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January 11, 2012
I'm certain that the movie will be fairly well attended.
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review by . May 27, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
A Charming, Heartwarming And Engaging Film For The Whole Family
It's not often that a movie comes out suitable for the whole family to watch that will actually keep you engaged, interested and wanting more, with characters that are just as appealing - well, this one is it. Directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Matt Damon, this is a true story of a single father who decides he needs to make a major change for his family - he buys a broken down and struggling zoo to renovate even though he knows nothing about the animals living there, or how to even run a …
review by . December 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I't's a zoo alright.
WE BOUGHT A ZOO Written by Aline Brosh McKenna and Cameron Crowe Directed by Cameron Crowe Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Hayden Church   In 2006, a man by the name of Benjamin Mee bought a zoo alongside his mother and his brother. He had no experience with animals and, in fact, his offer to buy the zoo was originally rejected based on his inexperience. The zoo had been closed earlier that year and it was Mee’s plan to refurbish and reopen to the public as soon …
review by . December 21, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
'We Bought A Zoo' 'Two Jews On Film' Applaud Cameron Crowe's New Family Dramedy (Video)
         By Joan Alperin Schwartz      'Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise something great will happen'...Ben (Matt Damon) says this terrific line to his teenage son, Dylan (Colin Ford)...Ben got the line from his older brother, Duncan (Thomas Haden Church) and...      It's just one of the many awesome lines of dialogue in Cameron Crowe's new film …
Quick Tip by . May 28, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Matt Damon was the reason I went for the movie. The little girl (starring Maggie Elizabeth Jones) is who caught my heart! A movie that leaves you with the fuzzy feelings when you leave the theater. Nothing original, except the idea of living in a zoo!
review by . December 27, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         In August of 2006, the Mee family of Devon, England – consisting of DIY columnist and animal lover Benjamin, his brother Duncan, his mother Amelia, and his two children – invested £1.1 million of their own money into the Dartmoor Wildlife Park, a local landmark which opened in 1968 and was forced to close thirty-eight years later after falling on hard times. The eleven-month renovation, which required not only an additional £500,000 …
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Movies, Comedy, Drama, Animals, Family, Love, Matt Damon, True Story, Scarlett Johansson, Loss, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Relationship, Angus Macfaden, Colin Ford, We Bought A Zoo, Cameron Crowe


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