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This quietly daffy comedy should have been an indie hit, but ended up ignored by audiences. Too bad; it's a wonderfully sustained caper movie about friends whose career choice is all wrong. Low-key Anthony (Luke Wilson) and high-strung Dignan (Owen C. Wilson--the two actors are brothers) are brought into a life of crime by Dignan's ambition to be a small-time thief. After a few amusingly laid-back trial burglaries, they (and a third buddy) find themselves over their heads when they hook up with an experienced crime boss (James Caan). Because this movie is so relentlessly deadpan, you really have to be dialed in to its brand of humor--but once there,Bottle Rocketshoots off plenty of sparks. Above all, Owen Wilson's portrayal of Dignan is a terrifically original comic creation; Dignan is so sincerely focused on his goals that he can't see how completely absurd his ideas are. Owen Wilson, who went on to supply similarly knuckle-headed performances inArmageddonandPermanent Midnight, wrote the screenplay with director Wes Anderson.--Robert Horton
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CastOwen Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Luke Wilson, Ned Dowd, James Caan, Robert Musgrave, Kumar Pallana, Lumi Cavazos, Jim Ponds, Shea Fowler, Haley Miller
DirectorWes Anderson
Genre:  Comedy
Release Date:  February 21, 1996
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterOwen Wilson, Wes Anderson
DVD Release Date:  December 22, 1998
Runtime:  91 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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***1/2 out of ****     It's impossible for a guy like me not to enjoy something as endearingly off-kilter as Wes Anderson's debut. "Bottle Rocket" is a quirky movie that manages to surpass what the nigh hipster-like premise suggests. Yes, the humor is ironic and even a bit dark; but Anderson channels his energies like a true craftsman. While "Bottle Rocket" is a film which I greatly admire, it's not a film for everyone. Some people don't like this film or any of Anderson's follow-up …
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