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We Bought a Zoo

We Bought a Zoo

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Our next Rialto Recommends 2011's WE BOUGHT A ZOO is in a category of films that critics like to deride as heartwarming. But we like heartwarming. Don't we all need some joy and cinematic comfort food now and then? Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory. Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, and Elle Fanning star. The Washington Post said "WE BOUGHT A ZOO provides a welcome seasonal dash of wholesomeness and humor, but it's also a heartening celebration of second acts, even at their most unwelcome." While Rolling Stone said "There's a lot of fun waiting at We Bought a Zoo, but it's the feelings that run through every scene that'll make you glad you came." WE BOUGHT A ZOO is streaming on CinemaxGo and DirectTV or is available to rent for a modest fee from RedBox, Apple, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, and Vudu HERE.

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Matt Damon
Scarlett Johansson
Elle Fanning
Colin Ford
Thomas Haden Chruch
Directed by
Cameron Crowe
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