We are always on the look out for a family film that we can all enjoy together at my house. When I saw the trailers for We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, I figured that it just might fit the bill for a fun family movie for the entire family. It is rated PG and it was a movie that we all enjoyed but I must say that there is one part right towards the end of the movie that had a bad word in it that provided comic relief but that we didn’t expect to hear. My five year old and seven year old both immediately asked, “What’s a d*ck, mommy?” So I do have to give you a heads up about that!
“Benjamin Mee (Damon) is a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young children. Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house outside the city with a unique bonus feature: a zoo named the Rosemoor Animal Park, where dozens of animals reside under the care of head zookeeper Kelly Foster (Johansson) and her dedicated team. With no experience, limited time and a shoestring budget, Mee sets out with the support of his family and the local community to reopen the zoo. Now, Benjamin is no longer reporting an adventure story; he’s living it in his own backyard.”
We Bought A Zoo Review
I found it interesting that We Bought A Zoo is based on a true story! It really is an uplifting tale where you get to see a family overcome their hardships and grow together and all in a zoo backdrop with the animal and caretakers personalities mixed in. There were a few parts that were a bit predictable and formulaic in feel but there was also some really great acting. In one scene where Matt Damon is fighting with his movie son, I was very impressed by the acting and the emotions portrayed. All in all it was a winner for a family movie night that we all enjoyed!
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