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We Bought A Zoo

Feeling lost after the death of his wife, Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) tries to reinvent his life by quitting his job and buying a dilapidated zoo. This meets with mixed reactions from his two children. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 124
Theater Release: 23 Dec 2011
Video Release: 03 Apr 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What does the principal think of Dylan’s art project that is displayed in the school hall? How unusual would his work be in a real junior high or high school? How does his painting reflect his internal emotional state?

How does Benjamin react differently with his children? Why is it harder for him to connect with Dylan than with Rosie? Does he have unrealistic expectations for his son? Why or why not?

What would you be willing to try if you only had to exercise “20 seconds of insane courage”?

You can find Benjamin Mee’s story at bookstores or your local library. Learn more about the real family’s zoo here: http://www.dartmoorzoo.org/

Release Date: 23 December 2011

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