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Sunday, June 17, 2012

We Bought a Zoo by Cameron Crowe, 2011 (PG)

with Matt Damon (Invictus, Hereafter, True Grit, The Informant!, Contagion), Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers), Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Colin Ford, Elle Fanning, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, John Michael Higgins, Angus Macfadyen, Peter Riegert, Stephanie Szostak, J.B. Smoove

In this adaptation of Benjamin Mee's memoir about buying and saving a run-down zoo, the locale shifts from Britain to southern California. However, the wacky spirit of the original is retained, complete with escaped tigers and a zoo crew of misfits.

To be short, it is a cute movie, definitely for a young audience, with good messages, good family values, politically correct, almost boringly perfect, and with a brilliant way to make you cry, despite you feeling so disconnected from the story and manipulated into crying. At the same time, I found some of the conversation Benjamin has with his son having to deal with the death of him mother and entering the toughest part of adolescence very good. And Scarlett Johansson is very good for once being a low key zookeeper, it's a change, reminded me of her young in "The Horse Whisperer".

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