We bought a zoo

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Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Traverwood Youth

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Based on the book by Benjamin Mee.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.

Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, John Michael Higgins.

A memoir by Benjamin Mee, tells the true account of how the author and his family used their life savings to buy a dilapidated zoo, replete with 200 exotic animals facing destruction, in the English countryside. Mee, along with his children, had to balance caring for his wife, who was dying of brain cancer, with dealing with escaped tigers, raising endangered animals, working with an eclectic skeleton crew and readying the zoo for a reopening.

DVD, NTSC, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby surround (French, Spanish).

Contents: We bought a zoo.

Community Reviews

good family film

nicely done!

loved it

best movie ever!!!!!!!

Wonderfully Involving

This movie is a great family film with both serious moments and times of humor. I'd watch it again.


I thought it was a good movie. My family and I loved it.


great family movie

Fun Family Film

"It seems so great to me. Everyone should watch this movie.It was sad cause their mom died, but then they got happy again." - L age 6
"I liked when the girl, that was little, fed the peacocks and she named them all the same thing. That's funny" - E age 4


No chemistry whatsoever between Matt Damon and Scar-Jo...and definitely not between Scar-Jo and the kids. Beautiful zoo, though.

good movie

we bought a zoo

Not Enough Zoo!

I'm always telling my sister (who has a degree in zoology) she needs to buy me a zoo, and she rolls her eyes at me. So I thought I'd check this out for the family to watch together for a laugh. I think I was unprepared for how much of the story would center around the family dealing with the death of the mother. From the marketing, I expected more of a light-hearted story about a family buying a zoo and all the complications that come with that. But the drama of the family just went on and on.... That was fine, but I guess I would have liked it better if it had been more focused on the animals.


I watched this with my family and it was a sweet family movie.


It was a good movie for watching with your family.

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