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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Matt Damon
Scarlett Johansson
Thomas Hayden Church
Elle Fanning
Colin Ford
Directors
Cameron Crowe
Screenwriters
Cameron Crowe
Aline Brosh McKenna
Running Time
124 minutes

We Bought A Zoo
Where Matt Damon becomes Terry Nutkins


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Plot
Six months after losing his wife, Benjamin (Damon) quits his job as an LA newspaper man and takes his two kids (Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones) off to live in a ramshackle country house with a run-down zoo attached. Despite knowing little about zoos, Benjamin decides to bring it back to life, with the help of unpaid zookeeper Kelly (Johansson).


Verdict
Zoo is the antithesis of edgy, an overlong, all encompassing experience that despite Crowe’s integrity and lightness of touch doesn’t deliver the emotional experience of, say, Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous. Still, it is good to have the righteous dude back.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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