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The Life Aquatic

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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
118 minutes
Wide Release Date:
12/25/04
performer:
Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Bud Cort, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Anjelica Huston, Seu Jorge, Peter Stormare, Owen Wilson, Wallace Wolodarsky
director:
Wes Anderson
distributor:
Buena Vista Pictures
author:
Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B-

”I’m shooting this action sequence, which is the strangest thing I’ve ever done.” Director Wes Anderson is on the phone from Italy, unwinding with a plate of pasta con carciofi — appropriate, considering he and pal Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming) cooked up the movie over several New York suppers. With his usual quirks (albino dolphins, stop-motion animation), the Rushmore vet’s fourth feature finds Bill Murray as a Jacques Cousteau-like oceanographer on the trail of a mythical beast. (Also on board: Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson.) But don’t expect the star to affect a kooky accent. Says Anderson, ”He sounds like Bill Murray.” That’s molto bene with us.