We Bought a Zoo | 2011

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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Main Plot

Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.


  • Matt Damon's character, Benjamin Mee, is a widowed father who buys a struggling zoo in an attempt to start fresh.
  • Scarlett Johansson's character in "We Bought a Zoo" is a zookeeper who helps the main character run the zoo.
  • Thomas Haden Church plays the character of Duncan Mee, the older brother of the main protagonist, who provides comic relief.


In the ending of "We Bought a Zoo," Benjamin and his family successfully reopen the zoo, attracting a large crowd of visitors. Benjamin finds love with Kelly, the zoo's head zookeeper. Dylan overcomes his fear of talking to girls and connects with Lily. The family comes together and finds happiness as they embrace their new life at the zoo, surrounded by animals and the support of their newfound community.