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Sneak Peek: Matt Damon Buys a Zoo (and More) in 'We Bought a Zoo' Clips

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Dec 22, 2011 | 10:01am EST

This Friday, Cameron Crowe's life-affirming We Bought a Zoo starring the lovable Matt Damon, will reach theaters. Damon stars as the good-hearted, outsmarted Benjamin Mee, a man who, having no place else to turn, buys a zoo for him and his family. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson as a begrudging zookeeper, Thomas Haden Church as Ben's cynical brother, Patrick Fugit as zoo employee Robin and a whole bunch of animals ready to teach Ben how to live.

Below is a collection of We Bought a Zoo clips, filled with all of the energy and whimsy you'd expect from a film centered around a man's financial reception of a menagerie.

When Ben and his young daughter Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) are escorted to their new property, they don't expect to find too many surprises. Fresh air, a quiet environment...maybe a lion or two. When they arrive, their real estate agent (J.B. Smoove) informs them of something a little disconcerting: they bought a zoo.

You know what they say: you don’t just buy a zoo, you buy a whole family. A family of people, like Robin, Ben’s guide to zoo life, and a family of animals, like the wily porcupine who gives Ben quite a scare in this clip.

Ben might seem a little bit in over his head in terms of this whole zoo-buying thing. In fact, longtime zookeeper Kelly has a whole lot to say about how much harder running the place is than he may have thought. But when she comes out and asks the aimless fellow why he bought a zoo…he has quite the answer for her.

Ben may have bought a zoo, but he also bought a whole lot of disapproval from his brother Duncan. Duncan gives Ben quite an earful about the irresponsibility of his choice, but Ben doesn’t seem to be deterred. Power of the zoo, people.

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