Rated PG · 124 minutes · 2011

Comedy drama
In most states, someone can be declared legally dead if they’ve been missing for seven years, so it’s time to file the paperwork for Cameron Crowe. Crowe, who once had the rare gift for saying what an entire generation would feel a year or two before they felt it, ran out of things to say with the classic Almost Famous. Now he’s just making movies. On the heels of Vanilla Sky and Elizabethtown comes We Bought a Zoo, a tepid story told with the gloves on. Worse, it’s not an original Crowe idea; instead, one of the best screenwriters of the past 25 years leans on a romantic-comedy hack (Aline Brosh McKenna of 27 Dresses) to grease the rails. And his uncanny knack for music direction—finding the perfect gem for just the right moment in the film—has abandoned him, too. Rest in peace, Cameron Crowe.
Official Site: www.weboughtazoo.com
Director: Cameron Crowe
Producer: Julie Yorn, Cameron Crowe, Rick Yorn and Ilona Herzberg
Cast: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Church, Patrick Fugit, Colin Ford, Elle Fanning, Maggie Jones, John Higgins, Angus MacFadyen, Peter Riegert, Stephanie Szostak and JB Smoove


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Indy Week We Bought a Zoo wins prize for most mediocre, heartwarming family film Considering that Cameron Crowe has practically grown up along with his films, seeing him pull a hack move and direct the painfully middlebrow We Bought a Zoo isn't that much of a surprise. by Craig D. Lindsey 12/21/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Monkey business: We Bought a Zoo It's rated PG, which means that the stakes can't be that high. by Anders Wright 12/22/2011
Portland Mercury Animal House Cameron Crowe's terrible We Bought a Zoo should've been euthanized. by Ned Lannamann 12/22/2011
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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Three flicks we've reviewed this week, plus The Darkest Hour. 12/22/2011
The Coast Halifax Sweet! We Bought A Zoo! Cameron Crowe's return to feature film a benign holiday entertainment by Molly Segal 12/22/2011

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