Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson – 1995) B+

The first film by Wes Anderson is a delight. It has his signature quirkiness and some of the perfectly setup scenes but it really succeeds based on the charm of the leading character, Dignan, played by Owen Wilson. He is a screw up, a nutty dreamer but you love him and go along with the crazy plan to pull off a robbery. You know it’s probably going to blow up in everyone’s face but what the heck…he’s your buddy. There’s a sweet love story in there too between Luke Wilson’s character and the motel room cleaning lady. Sh speaks no English and the busboy has to be the go-between interpreter…it’s much funnier than it sounds.

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