OSCAR® Winner Matt Damon* gives a heartfelt performance in this “delightful surprise” (Lou Lumenick, New York Post) that’s based on a true story. When his teenage son gets into trouble, Benjamin Mee (Damon) gives up a lucrative newspaper job to move his family to the most unlikely of places: a zoo! With help from an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, Benjamin embarks on a fresh beginning to restore the dilapidated zoo to its former glory, while uniting his family. From the director of Jerry Maguire, We Bought a Zoo is a “wonderful, warm and witty” (Bill Bregoli, CBS Radio News) celebration of the human spirit.
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Crowe, to his credit, is more concerned with insights about family than romance - and some of these are heart-on-sleeve touching if you've got a sweet tooth for the stickier stuff.
Nothing that happens in this movie is in the least surprising, but it's all quite pleasant and even, at times, moving.
Damon and Colin Ford as his teen son have an affecting hesitancy, their hearts hovering between the living and the dead.
The picture annoys you, but it also wrings happy tears, because Crowe pulls at your heartstrings in crafty ways.
Crowe seems to be making baby steps into new territory, both stylistically and emotionally.
A professional actor in the best sense, always credibly grounded, Damon is much better than the material, and so is Colin Ford who plays the troubled son.
Consider it a fine sign of emotional discipline that the movie doesn't overplay Kelly and Ben's romantic possibilites.