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BOTTLE ROCKET (1996) ****

This charming, hilarious and touching comedy signaled the debut of writer/star Owen Wilson as a comedic leading man and director Wes Anderson as an idiosyncratic genius.  Wilson stars with his brother Luke as Dignan and Anthony, two privileged misfits who turn to a life of crime.  In the opening scene, Dignan helps Anthony “escape” from a voluntary hospital.  With the help of their friend Bob (Robert Musgrave) they go on the lam.  While laying low in a hotel, Anthony strikes up a relationship with a Portuguese maid and falls in love.  James Caan co-stars as the big shot thief who enlists the boys on a heist in which they botch to the tune of The Rolling Stones’ 2000 Man.  The writing is crisp and frequently hilarious and the directing shows a flair for the offbeat.  Co-starring the third Wilson sibling, Andrew as Bob’s brother Futureman.  Wilson and Anderson returned with Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic.

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