Roku Review: We Bought a Zoo

Hi! I’m Eric Lachter, Director of Marketing and Guy that Streams Great Movies on Roku.  Last night I watched We Bought a Zoo on Amazon Instant Video with my kids. It fits right into the “movies adults and kids can both enjoy without anyone feeling they just wasted two hours” category.

The premise of We Bought a Zoo is that Matt Damon’s wife has passed away and his family needs a fresh start. Matt Damon plays a frumpy yet likable Dad who is doing his best to keep his angsty teenage son and cute 7-year-old daughter from coming unglued.  He searches for a new home with his realtor, JB Smoove (who I love as Leon on Curb your Enthusiasm) and they find the perfect house – but it comes with a zoo.

The zoo staff is led by a slightly-less-glamorous-than-usual but still naturally beautiful Scarlett Johanssen, who shines as the animal-loving conscience of the film. Damon and Johanssen have decent on-screen chemistry – had this been a Bourne movie, we might have gotten more out of the romance.

I won’t ruin the end, but We Bought a Zoo entertains and delivers a great light-hearted message about life being an adventure, which is certainly true. I’d recommend the flick and so would my kids.

What’s your favorite adult-friendly kid movie? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy streaming!

 

 

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  • Dan Griffin

    Sounds good. I’m always on the lookout for good family-friendly movies. Any recommendations on Netflix or Amazon Prime (free movies)?

  • Matt Stiker

    Great review, Eric. Completely agree about WBAZ. Princess Bride is another one – girls love it from the beginning, and while boys go into it much as the character Fred Savage plays does in the film, the adventure, swordplay and comedy quickly overcome those objections.

  • Drc3

    My Roku is crap!! Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I haven’t used it for several months now because it won’t hook up, nothing happens when I press OK as directed. And calling support is so frustrating I finally hung up. Poor connection and so much talking in the background I couldn’t understand the “technician”. Guess I’ll look for an alternate device, maybe a Playstation? I did follow the instructions printed off the web site which did not fix the problem and the batteries are fine.

  • lemcabuhat

    I live in Mexico and with TelMex I get a maximum download speed of 5mbs.

    I LOVE MY ROKU!!!!!

    I use it with GetUSAWebsites.TV (Access code 862) They’re different in that they only jump in when the geo check is done, but the rest of the time it’s a direct connection NOT going through a proxy. The result is that I ALWAYS get a HD signal awesome video on Netflix, and Hulu. I hate other services where too many users bog down the server, and the quality goes up and down. (Mostly down and skipping!) Grrrrr….

    I think GetUSAWebsites approach is superior, and am VERY happy.

    My local friend has only a 1.7mbs download speed, and they are using it with their Roku and they love it too.

    GetUSAWebsites has 2 plans. Basic is $4.99 and Deluxe is $7.99 a month. I seriously couldn’t live without it!