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
Great movie, The fact that it is rated PG means that it can be watched by kids of about 10 on up. There were definitely some life lessons here as Benjamin Mee's wife had recently passed away, and he had two children to raise alone. Might not recommend for children younger than about 9 or 10 because of that plot angle and a few cuss words. This movie was also based on a real life family who bought a zoo which made it more interesting.
I'd buy a zoo too if it came with Scarlett Johansson. All kidding aside, this movie was very good. Matt Damon was excellent and this movie was very heartfelt. And that little girl was adorable. I also think Elle Fanning is going to grow up to be a hottie.
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