We Bought a Zoo

(PG) ★★☆☆

Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) is a widower with two children who quits his job and, searching for a fresh start for his preteen daughter, played by Maggie Elizabeth Jones, along with his grieving son played by Colin Ford, buys a zoo on the skids. Scarlett Johansson plays the head zookeeper, conveniently single. Snakes and grizzlies get out of their cages, and the corn falls from the Cameron Crowe-directed sky. Damon deftly stays true and above the corn. Parts of this are enjoyable, but it’s pretty weak overall.



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