We Bought a Zoo

This article is about the 2011 film. For the book by the same name, see We Bought a Zoo (book). 2011 film by Cameron Crowe

We Bought a Zoo is a 2011 American family comedy-drama film loosely based on the 2008 memoir of the same name by Benjamin Mee. It was co-written and directed by Cameron Crowe and stars Matt Damon as widowed father Benjamin Mee, who purchases a dilapidated zoo with his family and takes on the challenge of preparing the zoo for its reopening to the public. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford, and John Michael Higgins. The film was released in the United States on December 23, 2011 by 20th Century Fox. The film earned $120.1 million on a $50 million budget. We Bought a Zoo was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 3, 2012 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Dartmoor Zoological Park (originally Dartmoor Wildlife Park), on which the film is based, is a 33-acre zoological garden located near the village of Sparkwell, Devon, England.



Benjamin Mee has been grieving the loss of his wife, Katherine, for six months. When his 14-year-old son, Dylan, is expelled, he decides to make a fresh start by buying a house.

Benjamin tours many homes with his 7-year-old daughter, Rosie, and his realtor, Mr. Stevens, but they find none to their liking. Rosie finds a listing for a large, old house, and upon seeing the house, they decide it is perfect for them. When they hear a lion roar, Stevens explains that if they want the house, then they must also buy the zoo on the property which closed several years before.

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