Known for such films as "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous," director Cameron Crowe alters his cinematic course with this affecting, true tale of a writer (Matt Damon) who decides to move his children to ... well, check the title. They actually buy a house, but it has an animal park attached.
Scarlett Johansson plays the creatures' caretaker, and her work and Damon's do much to elevate this above the typical "feel-good" movie. Thomas Haden Church ("Sideways") and J.B. Smoove also appear. DVD extras: audio commentary by Crowe, Smoove and editor Mark Livolsi; deleted and extended scenes; outtakes. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times