A widower (Matt Damon) purchases a zoo in order to bring his family back together in this Twentieth Century Fox adaptation of Benjamin Mee's autobiographical memoir. Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) writes and directs based on a script by Aline Brosh McKenna. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Before seeing the movie, I thought it had possibilities for viewing with my grandchildren. However, this is ultimately not a story about buying a zoo. It's a profoundly moving story about bereavement. The bizarre idea of buying the zoo is derived from Benjamin Mee's need to distract himself and his children from this terribly painful loss. As a dramatic slice of life as all too many can relate to, it is meaningful and encouraging.
We thought this was an average story. The movie is mainly about a family who is dealing with the loss of the mother and how they emotionally are able to repair themselves through the purchase of a country property. I was expecting much more zoo story. No violence, which is good, but kids may be bored with the film.
Excellent family movie. A movie for a family who has lost a parent and spouse, and having to move forward with thier lives. The movie was paced perfectly. The movie is also wonderful for those who care about all aninmals.
Overall I liked this movie and so did my family, but is it that hard to make a movie without foul language and nobody kisses? PG movies like this make me consider buying one of those devices that block the bad language.
Very funny! Scarlett Johansson was wonderful. Benjamin Mee is a very likable character, someone you'd like to hang out with. Maggie Elizabeth Jones was Marvelous. As others have mentioned it is not meant to be a comedy but it is. It is also a movie about grief and figuring out how to survive it.
We rented this for a family movie night (kids 3, 5, 5). They liked the movie, but there were several instances where there's cussing. We weren't really prepared for it, and it pops up several times throughout the movie. If this isn't an issue for you, then I'd recommend the movie