We Bought A Zoo | 2011

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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Main Plot

A widowed father decides to start fresh by purchasing a struggling zoo in the countryside. With the help of his two children and the dedicated staff, they work together to renovate and reopen the zoo to the public. Along the way, they face numerous challenges and setbacks, but their determination and love for the animals keep them going. As they bond with the animals and each other, they learn valuable lessons about family, friendship, and the importance of following your dreams. Through hard work and perseverance, they ultimately find happiness and a sense of belonging in their new home at the zoo.


  • Benjamin Mee is a widowed father who decides to buy a struggling zoo in order to start fresh with his two children and rebuild their lives together. Matt Damon
  • Kelly Foster is a zookeeper who helps Benjamin Mee, the main character, navigate the challenges of running a struggling zoo and eventually falls in love with him. Scarlett Johansson
  • Thomas Haden Church plays Duncan Mee, the brother of the main character who helps him manage the zoo they purchase and provides comedic relief throughout the film. Thomas Haden Church

Ending Explained

In the end, Benjamin successfully reopens the zoo with the help of his family and dedicated staff. The zoo becomes a thriving and popular attraction, bringing joy to both the animals and visitors. Benjamin also finds love with Kelly, a zookeeper, and they start a relationship. Despite facing challenges and setbacks along the way, Benjamin's determination and passion for the zoo ultimately pay off. The film concludes with a sense of hope and happiness as the zoo continues to flourish under Benjamin's leadership, showcasing the power of love, family, and perseverance.

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Cameron Crowe Comedy Drama Family Matt Damon Scarlett Johansson Thomas Haden Church