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Bottle Rocket (1996)

(R) 91 mins

Plot Summary: Focusing on a trio of friends and their elaborate plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.

Director: Wes Anderson

Writers: Owen WilsonWes Anderson

Stars: Luke WilsonOwen Wilson and Ned Dowd

Serious Jest:  (Don’t Bother)  The heist theme keeps this movie mildly interesting, but these characters’ existences are so miserable and unfunny that sitting through an hour and a half of this was almost unbearable.  Also, the soundtrack did not appeal to me, and it was over-played throughout the film.

According to IMDB: “The film scored the worst test screening points in the history of Columbia Pictures at the time.”  Curiously, however, it was also “[o]ne of Martin Scorsese‘s top ten favorite films of the ’90s.”

In light of today being the Marine Corps Birthday, I found this bit of IMDB trivia interesting, as well: “After the movie bombed at the box office, Owen Wilson seriously considered joining the Marines, convinced that acting held no future for him.”  He may have missed out on some good money, but he would have gained a whole set of awesome skills and a band of badass brothers & sisters.  Oo-rah.


About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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