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We Bought a Zoo

Rated PG 124 min. 2011

Cameron Crowe's new film stars Matt Damon as thrill-seeking journalist-turned-struggling widower Benjamin Mee (who wrote the book the movie is based on). His wife died of complications the movie doesn't get into, leaving behind a sullen, tweenage son (Colin Ford) and a precocious daughter (Maggie Elizabeth Jones). Seeking a fresh start, Mee moves with his kids into a rustic home that also comes with a run-down wildlife park. Sparks immediately fly between Mee and the neurotic head zookeeper, played with a shocking sense of empathy by the usually blank-faced Scarlett Johansson. We Bought a Zoo certainly wins this year's prize for most mediocre heartwarming family film to win over audiences.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.weboughtazoo.com

Director: Cameron Crowe

Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna, Cameron Crowe and Benhamin Mee

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Matt Damon, Elle Fanning, Carla Gallo, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Stephanie Szostak, Colin Ford, John Michael Higgins and Desi Lydic

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