Picture from We Bought A Zoo
Overall B+

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.

Violence B
Sexual Content B
Profanity C+
Substance Use C+

MPAA Rating: PG for language and some thematic elements.

Talk to your kids about…

We Bought A Zoo

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