Director/co-writer Wes Anderson teams with screenwriter Roman Coppola for this period comedy-drama set in the 1960s, in which a pair of young lovers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) from an island off the New England coast head for the hills and throw their small town into a frenzy. Bruce Willis co-stars with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Frances McDormand. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
I thought this film was pretty remarkable for one watch, though I'm not sure how much replay value it has. The thing that's really interesting about this film is that they could have cast it with adults instead of kids, changed the scenario from a boy scout troupe to a crew of navy sailors or infantry platoon and it would've worked just as well. Anyone complaining about the acting is completely missing the point of the film. I felt the acting was perfect for the ideas it was trying to convey. I think some people were going into this expecting a 'My Girl' type dating film sexualizing kids. This is sort of the opposite. I'd say it's more like a Garden state geared toward late teens-adults-parents than it is a kids movie. The point is to get you to think about the ideas / thematics it's expressing and I think it did a good job. There's one scene that should make most people mildly uncomfortable. I'd recommend parents give it a watch first if they're considering showing this to young kids.
Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray... BILL MURRAY!!! It should be great, right? NO. It's just terrible. The story is for kids, but at the same time I can't recommend it for kids because of the dialogue.
The people who reviewed this movie previously don't have a clue......the tale being told was supposed to be coming from a storybook....therefore the quirky, make-believe characters and settings. We could imagine some of the scenes coming directly from the pages of a storybook. See it again with this in mind. We thoroughly enjoyed this movie
Yeah, didn't finish it. Normally I like bizarre movies, but this was just to strange. I forced myself to watch at least 45 minutes of it and I barely made it. I think the director was more interested in showing the changing scenery and camera angles than an actual story. It is one of those " Indy darlings" that people will talk about and you don't know why. I say skip it.
I was anticipating a wonderful flick with the calliber of actors in it but I couldn't sit through the whole movie. Even my teenage daughter was uncomfortable in certain parts. Not our style of movie and I will definitely read reviews in advance before ordering future films.