Editors Note – This DVD features a family friendly audio track that you can select in the DVD menu. This specific version has been awarded our Dove “Family-Edited” Seal for ages 12 and over.
Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) recently lost his wife and has two kids to raise, Dylan and Rosie (Colin Ford and Maggie Elizabeth Jones). Mee is a writer who has interviewed dangerous people and traveled by plane to a hurricane. But his life is really about to become interesting.
Deciding he’s had enough and needs a change, he quits his job and winds up buying a house which just “feels right” but there is just one little thing–a zoo is attached with the deal. He meets Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson), the head zoo keeper, and tries to ignore the fact, at least at first, that they seem to have good chemistry. She helps him learn about zoo keeping and he needs all the help he can get, as it proves to be a bit overwhelming, especially with an inspection coming by a tougher-than-nails inspector who would love nothing more than to prevent the zoo from re-opening. It doesn’t help that Mee’s brother Duncan (Thomas Haden Church) is totally against the zoo idea and wants to get his brother away from it entirely.
Mee deals with his son’s “dark” artwork which features a decapitated head but he’s a good father who manages to get his son to use his talent in a good way later on. The sweet family moments and humorous bits which happen at the zoo combine to make this an above average film in many ways.