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We Bought a Zoo (2011)

aka We Bought a Zoo

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Details: 124 mins · English, Czech · PG (USA)


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I love this movie - it is soo sweet without having all the cliches of most chick-flicks. I just fell for the girl Rosie she is so sweet.

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Such an adorable movie!

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Small Benjamin Mee
Small Kelly Foster
Small Duncan Mee
Small Dylan Mee
Small Lily Miska
Small Robin Jones
Small Katherine Mee
Small Rhonda Blair
No_movie_poster Shea Seger
Small Walter Ferris
Small Delbert McGinty
No_movie_poster David White
Small Peter MacCready


No_movie_poster Aline Brosh McKenna Screenplay
Small Cameron Crowe Director
No_movie_poster Julie Yorn Production
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Small Cameron Crowe Production
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No_movie_poster Mark Livolsi Editing


Recently widowed Benjamin (Ben) Mee (Matt Damon), still grieving his loss and dealing with school behavior issues with his 14-year-old son, Dylan (Colin Ford), decides to get a fresh start by buying a new house. After touring many houses with his daughter, Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) and his realtor and finding none to his liking, his daughter finds a paper with what seems like the perfect house he is wanting. They drive up on a beautiful old large house and as Ben inspects the property and tells his realtor it's the perfect home, the realtor tries to explain that the situation is "complicated", when they hear a lion roar outside. The realtor explains that the house comes with a zoo in the back and if they want the house, they have to buy the zoo, which closed to the public several years before. Although reluctant to take on a zoo and all of its animals, he decides to give it a try, when he sees how happy his daughter, Rosie, is playing with the peacocks. His son, Dylan, however hates the idea of moving away from his friends, and retreats into his artwork (drawings and paintings which have grown more macabre since the death of his mother). Ben's brother tries to dissuade Ben from purchasing the property, but Ben buys it anyway. The zoo staff, led by head keeper, Kelly (Scarlett Johansson), help Benjamin to start renovating the zoo with the intent to reopen the zoo to the public. When Kelly confronts Ben about why he would buy a zoo, knowing nothing about how to, Ben thinks about it and responds, "Why not?" Meanwhile, Dylan befriends a young homeschooled girl named Lily (Elle Fanning) who works at the zoo, and has a huge crush on him, to which he is completely oblivious.

A strict USDA inspector, Walt Ferris (John Michael Higgins), shows up for a surprise inspection and makes a large list of repairs that would cost around $100,000 to do. Benjamin runs into financial trouble with all the expenses of running the zoo and does not have the money needed for the repairs. The zoo worker that handles the accounting gossips to the other workers that Ben is out of money and that he will probably sell the zoo, to which the workers' morale sinks, fearing the property will be sold to a buyer that will close the zoo. When Lily tells him that she heard his family might be leaving, Dylan is overjoyed, which hurts her feelings. Benjamin discovers that his late wife had left him an investment account with instructions to use the money wisely while listening to his heart. Ben's brother advises him to walk away and start over with the money, but Ben decides to use the money to repair the zoo. While this lifts the zoo workers' morale, Dylan is unhappy about having to stay. He confronts his father, and a heated argument ensues. They reconcile the next morning, and Dylan admits he misses Lily. Benjamin gives his son advice on reconciling with her by using his favorite principle, that you only need 20 seconds of courage to achieve great things. Ben realizes that instead of trying to start over by forgetting his wife that she will always be a part of him as he looks through old pictures of their family and remembers them playing as if they were right in front of him.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2011-12-23 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2011-11-26 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2011-12-22 : Mexico

Theatrical : 2011-12-22 : Singapore

Theatrical : 2011-12-23 : Brazil

Theatrical : 2011-12-23 : Canada

Theatrical : 2011-12-26 : Australia

Theatrical : 2011-12-29 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2011-12-29 : Costa Rica

Theatrical : 2011-12-29 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2011-12-30 : Spain

Theatrical : 2012-01-18 : Philippines

Theatrical : 2012-01-19 : Chile

Theatrical : 2012-01-19 : Peru

Theatrical : 2012-01-20 : El Salvador

Theatrical : 2012-01-20 : Panama

Theatrical : 2012-01-20 : South Korea

Theatrical : 2012-01-20 : Turkey

Theatrical : 2012-01-26 : Serbia

Theatrical : 2012-01-27 : Romania

Theatrical : 2012-03-01 : Belarus

Theatrical : 2012-03-01 : Israel

Theatrical : 2012-03-01 : Kazakhstan

Theatrical : 2012-03-01 : Kuwait

Theatrical : 2012-03-01 : Russia

Theatrical : 2012-03-02 : Estonia

Theatrical : 2012-03-16 : Ireland

Theatrical : 2012-03-16 : Poland

Theatrical : 2012-03-16 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2012-03-22 : Armenia

Theatrical : 2012-03-22 : Hungary

Theatrical : 2012-03-23 : India

Theatrical : 2012-03-23 : Lithuania

Theatrical : 2012-03-29 : Portugal

Theatrical : 2012-04-18 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2012-04-18 : France

Theatrical : 2012-04-19 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2012-04-20 : Finland

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Greece

Theatrical : 2012-05-03 : Germany

Theatrical : 2012-06-08 : Italy

Theatrical : 2012-06-08 : Japan

Theatrical : 2012-06-14 : Denmark

DVD : 2012-04-03 : United States of America

DVD : 2012-11-14 : Sweden

Blu-ray disc : 2012-04-03 : United States of America

2012-02-18 : United Kingdom

2012-02-29 : Norway