We Bought a Zoo

We Bought a Zoo

  • Director: Cameron Crowe
  • Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna,Cameron Crowe,Benjamin Mee
  • Countries of origin: United States
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Release date: December 23, 2011
  • Runtime: 2h 4min
  • Sound mix: Dolby, Datasat, SDDS, Dolby Surround 7.1
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
  • Also known as: Un zoológico en casa
  • "We Bought a Zoo" is a family film directed by Cameron Bruce Crowe and co-starred by Matt Damon , Scarlett I. Johansson , Mary Elle Fanning and Thomas Richard McMillen .
    The film tells the story of the writer Benjamin Mill, who was born in the pain of losing his wife, bought an abandoned zoo, and planned to change to a brand new environment with his children to continue living. Lead the original workers in the zoo to maintain and repair the zoo together, and finally the zoo was approved and reopened to welcome guests.


    • Release date December 23, 2011
    • Filming locations Thousand Oaks, California, USA
    • Production companies Twentieth Century Fox, LBI Entertainment, Vinyl Films

    Box office


    $50,000,000 (estimated)

    Gross US & Canada


    Opening weekend US & Canada


    Gross worldwide


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    • By Haskell 2022-04-23 07:01:54

      Why not

      -Why should an amazing girl like you talk to someone like me?
          -Why not?
          , Matt Damon told his children about the scene when he first met his deceased wife. After gathering his courage for 20s, he asked anxiously and full of love, and the woman answered this way, which made people stunned and sighed at the magic of creation. , and this really amazing woman.
          I generally don't pay attention to this type of simple and bland film. If I hadn't...

    • By Elinore 2022-04-23 07:01:54

      live like them

      When I learned that the film was adapted from a true event, I was still shocked. Because with my 30 years of life experience, I can't believe this is true at all, just like the North Korean people don't believe that Chinese people can eat meat every day. Can a private person buy a zoo? Can a widowed father make so many sacrifices for his children and encourage his 14-year-old son to pursue true love? I watched the film like an alien watching a fairy tale, and felt that my three views were...

    • By Astrid 2022-04-23 07:01:54

      "My Family Buys the Zoo": Love Stories in the Zoo

      A natural adventurer father who lost his beloved wife and raised a pair of children by himself, when looking for a new home, he made a bold choice to buy a zoo that was on the verge of bankruptcy in the outer suburbs and live in it. Due to insufficient capital preparation and inter-bank management, he soon found himself trapped. Just as he was about to make the final decision to leave or stay, he stumbled across a huge sum of money left by his deceased wife for him. Despite the persuasion and...

    • By Sherwood 2022-04-23 07:01:54

      choose your dream

      There are many kinds of love, such as my brother persuading him not to buy a zoo, such as his wife leaving her a "circus" deposit, such as a daughter sleeping with her mother's clothes... But when faced with a choice in life, the only thing that doesn't What will disappoint you is to follow your heart.
      Beautiful pastoral scenery, all kinds of animals, take life as an adventure, let children live in fairy tales, and are envious of such a life.
      Under limited conditions, we should make...

    • By Bailee 2022-04-23 07:01:54

      When it's time to let go

      The landing of Typhoon Haikui gave me a day off.
      I enjoyed this kind of leisure time alone. It's
      like looking for a sunny movie in such typhoon weather to watch

      my dad call. I'm worried that I'm at home alone, and I've
      ordered a lot.

      Hang After I got the phone, I started watching this movie. Actually , the plot is

      quite simple. I
      knew the happy ending after watching the beginning. Too much love, courage, encouragement, family, etc. But one of my...

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    • By Fay 2023-02-17 08:11:11

      Zhengtai + Loli + Uncle +...

    • By Guy 2023-01-27 18:59:29

      In the United States, it's called Benjamin. It's a miracle. The film is in the middle and back end. When the father and son quarrel, it reminds me of the magic ball. This is all to express the helplessness of middle-aged men. Do something exciting, it's maturity. Exquisite pictures, textbook-style photography, and the main theme of the American dream, handsome and beautiful, how can you not make this film outstanding. I really like the main theme, what's wrong with...

    • By Alana 2022-12-29 08:54:18

      Mainly look at the...

    • By Jovani 2022-12-01 18:19:59

      I like animals, but it's a bit unrealistic... I really like Elle Fanning ah ah ah ah...

    • By Milo 2022-10-23 07:41:37

      The point of healing is that this is based on a true story. Matt is over 40. Orz...and he is indeed a child...that little girl I always thought was a fanning girl. It was the one who had been in love with my brother for a long time...No wonder I said how it has changed...I haven't watched the movie for a long time. ...the impression is still a baby, but it turns out that they are already a girl... Can Sigur Ros be an ost? I always feel that Scarlett has a local flavor. This time the casting was...

    Movie plot

    Benjamin Mill (Matt Damon) is a columnist for a newspaper in Los Angeles. He also writes some adventure novels. He loves adventure by nature. However, the pain of losing his wife six months ago has made him still unable to let go. Dylan and his youngest daughter Roche couldn’t adapt to the life of losing their mother. Dylan was expelled from school due to theft and shady art creation. Benjamin did not follow the advice of his brother...
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    Creative background

    The movie is based on Benjamin Mill’s memoir novel of the same name. My family bought the zoo: A true story that changed a young family forever, a tattered zoo and 200 animals (We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, A Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Changed Their Lives Forever), the novel describes the story of him and his family saving money and putting together money to buy the Dartmoor Animal Park...
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    "My Family Bought the Zoo" tells the story of a typical family carnival. In order to strengthen the feeling of family, the screenwriter even nostalgicly added a family member to support each other and get out of emotion during the process of the zoo from being closed to reopening. The trail of the quagmire. But this clue is not really necessary, and the adaptation of the choreographer did not increase the dramatic effect. The emotional...
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    Movie quotes

    • Benjamin Mee: Their happy is too loud.

    • [last lines]

      Benjamin Mee: Why would an amazing woman like you even talk to someone like me?

      Katherine Mee: Why not?

    • Benjamin Mee: I want you to know, I think you're incredibly pretty. Please don't take offense if I don't hit on you.

      Kelly Foster: I'd be offended if you did.

      Benjamin Mee: Good.

      Kelly Foster: I'm a big fan of people being exactly who they are.

      Benjamin Mee: Exactly.

      Kelly Foster: So we think alike.

      Benjamin Mee: We do.

      Kelly Foster: And if I wanted to be kissed by you, you wouldn't have a choice.

      Benjamin Mee: Thank you. I think. I don't doubt that. What did we just say?

      Kelly Foster: I don't know.