We Bought a Zoo Quotes

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[to Benjamin]
Walter Ferris: Where’s your zookeeper?
[Kelly steps forward]
Kelly Foster: That’s me, Kelly
[Ferris looks Kelly up and down]
Walter Ferris: Hello, Kelly. I had you down as an assistant. No formal training?
Kelly Foster: I moved up.
[Ferris gives a knowing look to Benjamin]
Walter Ferris: Oh. Now why would you buy this place? I just can’t get a…
[he brings his hand up and clenches it as if trying to open a handle on a door]
Walter Ferris: …handle on it.


Walter Ferris: I see one of these tigers is seventeen years of age?
Benjamin Mee: Yeah. It’s Spar, right here. He had a recent bout with kidney disease, that’s in remission. Now we’re just dealing with a little bit of hip dysplasia.
Walter Ferris: Maybe you begin to draw up an end of life plan? Part of the humane care of an animal is preparing for the inevitable.
Benjamin Mee: It’s fine, we had the vet come out from San Diego, took a look at him. So we’re all good there.
Walter Ferris: The end game on a big cat could be very costly.
Benjamin Mee: I understand, but we’re not there yet. Thank you, for your concern.
Walter Ferris: I guess I just don’t understand how you can call this place home.
Benjamin Mee: You know what? Like this. It’s our home.


[as Ferris drives off]
Benjamin Mee: Okay, he gave us twelve top priority items, two medium priority, we have one month. How much of this can we get done in one?
[just then MacCready who was locked in a room comes out and runs after Ferris’s truck as he drives off yelling after him]
Benjamin Mee: How much is this gonna cost?
Robin Jones: Uh…I’m gonna have to take a look around. You know, go through in an itemized way, but you’re gonna have to put some more skin in the game, boss.
Benjamin Mee: How much?
Robin Jones: I’d say you’re looking at about fifty here. Maybe a buck.
[Benjamin looks shocked]
Benjamin Mee: Okay.
Rosie Mee: A dollar fifty? I have that.
Benjamin Mee: Good. Go get it, we’re gonna need it.
Rosie Mee: Good.
[Rosie runs off to get her money]
Benjamin Mee: Okay. Okay. Okay. Uh…I’m just gonna take a little walk and wrap my brain around this.
[he walks off]


Robin Jones: Well, Ferris lusts you.
Kelly Foster: I’m not taking one for the team, if that’s what you’re getting after.
Robin Jones: I’m not getting after anything like that. No way. It’s a shame about the new boss though. He just got here and he’s already thinking of quitting.
Kelly Foster: Why are you saying that?
[he gestures towards Benjamin in the distance, who is doubled over, breathing heavily]
Robin Jones: That is the posture of a quitting man.
[Kelly and Robin watch as Benjamin kicks over a barrel in anger, but picks it up a moment later, making Kelly smile, He waves at them and walks off]


[Benjamin is driving Dylan home]
Benjamin Mee: It’s the wrong day for this to be happening, man. I got your sister sick home from school. And you, I mean, how do they send someone home early for moodiness?
Dylan Mee: I don’t know. It’s a sensitive school.
[as they stop at a stop sign, they suddenly notice Buster the bear walking up to their car and they both sit still in shock]


[as Benjamin and the zookeepers go looking for Buster, Benjamin finds Buster standing peacefully in an open meadow and he slowly approaches Buster]
Benjamin Mee: Hey, Buster. Now let’s just hang out, pretend we’re at the zoo.
[Buster comes towards Benjamin]
Benjamin Mee: Buster, this is a big gun and I don’t wanna shoot you.
[Buster gets close and suddenly swats Benjamin’s gun away with one paw]
Benjamin Mee: Holy shit!
[Buster roars in Benjamin’s face, covering him in spit and just then, one of the zookeepers shoots Buster with a dart, knocking him out]


[after Buster has been knocked out, the zookeepers praise Benjamin]
Peter MacCready: He was toying with you, my boy. That’s what they do, before you become chips and salsa.
Benjamin Mee: I saw him up here on the hill, by himself, utterly free.
Peter MacCready: You were blessed.
Benjamin Mee: I wanna make his enclosure bigger.
[MacCready looks questioningly at Benjamin]
Benjamin Mee: I mean it. Much bigger.
Peter MacCready: You’re the man. You’re the man who just stared down a seven hundred fifty pound North American grizzly.


[Dylan and Lily are lying on the roof, and she has a flashlight pointed to the sky]
Lily Miska: Do you hear that sound? Those are lemurs, they’re primates. They sound like people laughing in the distance.
Dylan Mee: They freak me out.
[Lily laughs]


[Kelly and Benjamin are walking on the grounds of the zoo at night]
Benjamin Mee: I’m worried Lily’s gonna hurt Dylan.
Kelly Foster: Well, I think it’s gonna be the other way round.
Benjamin Mee: How do you figure that?
Kelly Foster: Cause she’s a farm girl, Ben…jamin. And, uh…he’s like this exotic creature from the city.
Benjamin Mee: Exotic? My son?
Kelly Foster: Yes.
Benjamin Mee: I was afraid you thought he was a little bit of a jerk.
Kelly Foster: I’m guessing that Rosie is more like your wife and Dylan is more like you, and that’s why you’re so hard on him.


Benjamin Mee: I want you to know, I think you’re incredibly pretty. Please don’t take offense if I don’t hit on you.
Kelly Foster: I’d be offended if you did.we-bought-a-zoo-3
Benjamin Mee: Good.
Kelly Foster: I’m a big fan of people being exactly who they are.
Benjamin Mee: Exactly!
Kelly Foster: So we think alike.
Benjamin Mee: We do.
Kelly Foster: And, uh…if I wanted to be kissed by you, you wouldn’t have a choice.
Benjamin Mee: Thank you, I think. I don’t doubt that. What are we just saying?
Kelly Foster: I don’t know.
Benjamin Mee: Okay.
[Benjamin looks round as he listens to the various noises the animals are making at night]
Kelly Foster: It’s a lot to take on, all of us. I’ll see you tomorrow, alright?


[Rhonda, the zoo secretary, gathers all the zookeepers together to tell them that Benjamin is broke]
Rhonda Blair: It hurts me to tell you this. I’ve been checking his bills, the zoo account is empty. He has no more money. He has no idea what he’s doing. He is going to end up selling this place to somebody for cheap, for the land alone. That’s right, Robin! I am warning you now, behind that front, is a front! Benjamin Mee is a fraud!


[after Benjamin finds a deposit box slip in his old sweatshirt that his wife used to wear]
Duncan Mee: You know what she did for you?
Benjamin Mee: I think so.
Duncan Mee: She knew exactly what you would do. You’d make a bad investment, need to start over and have to have a cushion. This is your cushion. Eighty four thousand dollars, man!
Benjamin Mee: Oh, my God.
Duncan Mee: Eighty four thousand dollars.
[Duncan opens the letter that Katherine had left for Benjamin and reads it]
Duncan Mee: She’s still looking out for you, man. She calls it your ‘Circus Money’.
Benjamin Mee: Circus money, yeah.


[Duncan keeps on reading Katherine’s letter]
Duncan Mee: Oh, this next part’s kind of hurtful.
Benjamin Mee: Yeah.
Duncan Mee: It says, listen to your heart not your brother.
Benjamin Mee: I know, I read that. She loved you, man.
Duncan Mee: She used three exclamation marks.
Benjamin Mee: She loved you.
Duncan Mee: Fine. I can see why still carry the torch.


[referring to the money his wife has left him]
Benjamin Mee: With eighty four thousand dollars, we cut a few corners, but I know we can make the inspection.
Duncan Mee: No, Benji. Here’s what she’s saying, you’re free. You realize that? Listen, Benji, you did it, man. You went to the circus, you changed Dylan and Rosie’s lives, they’re gonna have those memories for ever. But staying here and going down in flames, that’s not what Katherine wanted. She wanted you to be free. This money is your ticket out, and if you won’t listen to your brother, the accountant, then listen to your wife, who clearly planned a financial future for you.
Benjamin Mee: Okay.


[as Lily takes Dylan his daily sandwich]
Lily Miska: I hear you may not be staying here much longer.
Dylan Mee: Seriously?
Lily Miska: Yeah. But if you still wanna be friends, you know, I’ll still be your friend. I mean, there’s still cars and all.
Dylan Mee: Well, yeah, of course. But are you for real with this?
[Lily nods her head]
Dylan Mee: Oh, yes! This is fantastic! I’m going home! I can see my friends.
[Lily looks devastated]
Lily Miska: Hey listen, I gotta go. Don’t tell anybody what I heard, okay?
[she gets up and walks off]
Dylan Mee: Sure. Thanks! You don’t have to leave so fast.
[Lily keeps on walking and begins to cry]


[after Benjamin finds out that Rhonda has been telling the others that he’s going to sell, he gathers the zookeepers to give them a speech]
Benjamin Mee: Well, I wanna say, it has been an amazing experience here. Each of you, I’ve come to know in some small way. But the financial climate being what it is, um… I think none of us thought, well…I don’t know how to say this.
[he looks at Duncan, who gives him an encouraging look]
Benjamin Mee: I’ve been an adventure addict my whole life, um…with no big regard for cost. Um…with… well, with no regard for cost. Basically I was just an observer and a writer, but this is my first real adventure. And I just wanna say that it’s been the best one of all, because it’s personal. And thanks to my Katherine…
[he pauses for a moment and then holds up the package from Katherine]
Benjamin Mee: The money came through. So, I don’t know what you’ve heard, but I am able to say, though I don’t have a lot, I do have enough to get us by and if you stick with me, I will give this everything. But I will need everything from you and we’re going to reopen this zoo. This is the best job in the world, and it’s gonna take everything to make it work. So don’t….don’t give up on our adventure.


[after Benjamin finishes reading Katherine’s letter]
Kelly Foster: Well, that’s good enough for me.
Lily Miska: Me too.
Robin Jones: Done, man!
[they start cheering and clapping but Duncan looks upset at Benjamin’s decision]
Benjamin Mee: Circus money, man! Our adventure is just beginning.
Duncan Mee: That’s not what I meant!
Benjamin Mee: I know.
[he looks over at Rhonda]
Benjamin Mee: And Rhonda, I wish you the best in Mexico.
Rhonda Blair: I don’t speak Spanish.
Benjamin Mee: Adios.


[at they shop for zoo items at Home Depot]
Rosie Mee: How come you don’t tell stories anymore?
Benjamin Mee: Well, because we’re living the story.
Rosie Mee: I wish we could tell mom that.
Benjamin Mee: You don’t think mom knows?
Rosie Mee: I know she knows.
Benjamin Mee: Me too.


[Benjamin is installing new bulbs in Spar’s enclosure]
Benjamin Mee: Wanna hear something crazy? I think we’re gonna be okay.
[he sees Spar is not eating his food]
Benjamin Mee: Come on, man. We talked about this, you gotta eat that food. It’s got all the meds. You know, there’s a major buzz waitin’ for you inside that meat. You’re neurotransmitters are gonna be firin’ all the way to the moon and back. You’ll be dating seven year olds. Have every house cat from here to El Cajon. Buddy, if you don’t eat the food, and you don’t get your meds in you…we-bought-a-zoo-4
[Spar makes chuffing noises as Benjamin talks]
Benjamin Mee: It all goes downhill very fast. I’m telling you the truth. Trust me. Come on, man. We’re almost there. You gotta stick with me. We got our opening day coming up
[Benjamin notices Kelly is watching him talk to Spar decides to leave and walks off; as he passes Kelly]
Benjamin Mee: He’s fine. He’s okay


[as Spar is stuck on a tall rock in his enclosure and won’t come down]
Kelly Foster: He got up there, he can’t come down.
Benjamin Mee: Okay, can we use the ladder?
Kelly Foster: We tried luring him with food. He’s gotta come down from there, he’s gotta eat his food, he’s gotta drink water, he’s gotta take his medication, he’s dehydrated. I mean, we gotta get him into the enclosure.
Benjamin Mee: Alright, are the other two inside?
Kelly Foster: Benjamin!
Benjamin Mee: Look, if he moves to attack me at least he’ll be moving, right? He’s slow, I can outrun him.
Kelly Foster: It’s not a bullfight.
Robin Jones: Benjamin, I think it’s time.
Benjamin Mee: For what?
Robin Jones: He’s ready. Let’s call the vet. You’re the owner, you have to okay this.
[Benjamin looks over at Spar]
Benjamin Mee: No, man. Look, this doesn’t feel right.
Kelly Foster: Benjamin, it never feels right.


[after they get Spar down from the rock, Benjamin walks off embarrassed as he’d yelled out he didn’t want to drag them out here but he was desperate, Kelly follows him]
Kelly Foster: Benjamin?
Benjamin Mee: Hey, look. I’m feeling really lack of privacy right now. Like, maybe we’re all a bit in each other’s pockets.
Kelly Foster: Can’t you see he’s eyes? He’s suffering, man. He’s in a lot of pain. I can’t stand to watch it. I know him.
Benjamin Mee: Yeah, I know him.
Kelly Foster: I see it! Hey! Hey! He’s in so much pain. They can’t tell you, but they show you, they show you.
Benjamin Mee: Well, hang on. What is all this cheering about then? He’s okay.
Kelly Foster: It’s going to happen.
Benjamin Mee: He’s better.
Kelly Foster: It’s going to happen.
Benjamin Mee: Don’t repeat…every time I say it.
Kelly Foster: It’s going to happen! You’ve never done this before, you don’t know how this goes.


Benjamin Mee: I know exactly how this goes.
Kelly Foster: And I’d like you to tell me about that sometime, but this is a rookie mistake. I’ve been with him for thirteen years. You can’t see how selfish this is to extend this? Come on. Come on. You’re too smart not too.
Benjamin Mee: I’m saying just let him live for a couple more weeks. Get him some medicine! Invest in a little bit of hope!
Kelly Foster: I can’t stand by and watch this happen. I’m not gonna do it.
Benjamin Mee: Well, it’s not up to you.
Kelly Foster: It’s going happen.


Kelly Foster: Don’t make me get angry!
Benjamin Mee: Oh, cause that would just be so terrible! If you got angry!
Kelly Foster: You know what the right thing to do is! I’m so disappointed in you.
[she walks off]
Benjamin Mee: You don’t even know me well enough to say that!


[Kelly goes to the Mee house to help the kids with dinner and bed as Benjamin hasn’t returned home]
Kelly Foster: You miss Lily?
Dylan Mee: Hey?
Kelly Foster: I bet you put all your feelings into your drawings, huh?
Dylan Mee: Not really. I guess, I just can’t talk to girls that well.
Kelly Foster: Well, talking to girls is easy. They’ll tell you everything. Secret to talking is listening.


[Kelly waits on the porch for Benjamin to arrive home, when he arrives he sits next to her and holds her hand for a second]
Benjamin Mee: I thought if I came out here it would stop. Back home every place reminded me of her. Philippe’s on third street, Balboa park, Little Dom’s the coffee shop, that…that’s a big one. I mean the air, the way it smelled in May and August because those were the months her favorite bushes grew flowers all over our neighborhood. There all triggers, man. Then it got better for a while. I mean, it…it did, out here. But the funny thing is that it just turns out that she’s here too. I mean I go to Home Depot, I go to the nine miles away Target.
Kelly Foster: We need a new store.
[they both laugh]
Benjamin Mee: And seriously, I’m avoiding half the isles. Condiments. Pastries, forget about it. She loved red kites and blueberry pop tarts. I mean, who doesn’t, right?
Kelly Foster: Who doesn’t.


[referring to his wife]
Benjamin Mee: If only I could talk to her about getting over her.
Kelly Foster: Yeah.
Benjamin Mee: Most of all it’s the kids, they’re the biggest triggers of all. I mean, Dylan, his eyes. You know, I’ve only seen that expression in somebody’s eyes once in my life. And the way he just drives me nuts, he makes me crazy. Denies me, frustrates me, and all the time just looking back at me with her eyes and none of her lightness.
[we see Dylan is in his room, overhearing Benjamin’s conversation with Kelly]
Benjamin Mee: What I figured out is that when you love somebody that much, that hard, that long, you can never get away from them, no matter where you go. And that only comes once in a lifetime. Just can’t get a…
[he clenches his fist as if trying to open a handle on a door, imitating Walter Ferris]
Benjamin Mee: …handle on it.
[Kelly smiles]
Benjamin Mee: I cannot let go.
[Kelly pats him on the knee]
Kelly Foster: I can. Sleep well, Benjamin. Sweet dreams.
[she gets up and leaves]


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Total Quotes: 100


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