I had so much fun writing a movie review recently to the lyrics of A Horse With No Name, I thought I’d try the Beverly Hillbillies theme song for We Bought a Zoo.
Come and listen to a story about a man named Benjamin/A newspaper reporter, whose wife is dead
Then one day while searching for a house/He sees a run down zoo, but Scarlett wearing a blouse
Johansson, that is. She’s a hottie.
Well the first thing you know, Ben gets hit by a bear/The zoo folk said “Ben, move away from there.”
They said “the lion den is the place you ought to be,”/So his punk boy and daughter became happy
Sort of. Cleaning poop. Exotic snakes.
Well, now its time for the inspector to say everything is wrong/Some staff get drunk, and others get strong
They invite the town when it opens and hope to make some dough/A storm comes in, everyone says “Oh no!”
Like Kevin Costner once heard “build it, they’ll come.”
And come back again, y’hear?
Okay, that was fun.
Since Cameron Crowe is a San Diegan the way Jewel is (famous people we like to claim as our own for their brief stays here), I always look forward to how he’ll name drop our fine city. In this movie, a USD sweatshirt kept popping up, he mentioned El Cajon, Balboa Park, and a vet was brought in from San Diego.
I went to see this at the Edwards Theatre in Mira Mesa. Having grown up in Mira Mesa, I remember how thrilled we were in the late ‘70s when the 4-plex was built (it’s now a Filipino restaurant called Jollibee).
In the early ‘90s, the movie theatre went across the street and became a 12-plex. It’s now an Asian market.
So, the huge Edwards 18-plex opened at the end of Mira Mesa Boulevard, complete with Imax screens and in a strip mall. When I grew up there, it was all dirty after the Jack in the Box.
It would’ve been nice if returning to my old stompin’ grounds would’ve been for a good movie. I love Cameron Crowe films.
He wrote Fast Times at Ridgemont High – a classic. I also liked Jerry Maguire, Singles, Almost Famous, and even Vanilla Sky, which got mixed reviews.
Crowe had a flop with Elizabethtown six years ago, and this is his first movie since then. Maybe he wanted to play it safe and get the crowds back on his side (as I’m guessing most will like the film).
Since it’s PG, I’m guessing you won’t bring young kids to it. And there weren’t enough animals (until the second half), to keep older kids entertained.