Based on a true story, Benjamin Mee is a recently-widowed father who moves his family to a beautiful estate, miles outside the city. The only catch is that the estate is also a dilapidated zoo replete with 200 animals, and the purchase of the home is conditional on the new owner keeping the zoo and its entire staff. The Mee family subsequently sets out to rebuild and refurbish the zoo to its former glory, making new friends along the way. –Inbaseline
The eclectic career of Cameron Crowe has encompassed a wide variety of occupations, including journalism, writing liner notes for albums and filmmaking. As a teenager, the California native began writing freelance pieces for such publications as Playboy and Creem. By age 16, Crowe was on the staff of Rolling Stone, profiling such artists as Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young and Kris Kristofferson. He made as “undercover” return to high school in 1979 to research a book on teen life. The result, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, was optioned by Universal Studios before it hit the bookstores and Crowe was hired to write the screenplay adaptation. Amy Heckerling’s 1982 film version was an honest and entertaining evocation of suburban high school culture and remains vastly superior to the slew of similar teen films (including Crowe’s sophomore scripting effort 1984’s “The Wild Life”) that followed in its wake. “Fast Times” is also notable for its impressive cast, including Judge Reinhold… read more
“Crowe can be a big old cheeseball.” Plus: His five favorite films.
Also: Reitman’s Young Adult. Masters of Cinema’s Touch of Evil Blu-ray. Teaser for Miike’s Ai To Makoto.
Title: We Bought a Zoo
Genre: Family, Comedy
Director: Cameron Crowe
Aline Brosh McKenna
Benjamin… read review