Video Review

Bottle Rocket

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Movie Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Mystery and Thriller; With: Owen C. Wilson, Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson

The title of Bottle Rocket refers to cheap fireworks that fizz before they flame out quietly, and that's what three Southwestern slackers do in this amiable heist movie-cum-road flick. Live wire Didgnan (Owen C. Wilson, recipient of Jim Carrey's bathroom beating in The Cable Guy wants to burn off life's ennui with a series of hilariously naive robberies, dragging along sad sack Anthony (real-life brother Luke) and lost-soul rich boy Bob (Robert Musgrave). Director Wes Anderson may prove a bottle rocket himself — like so many indie auteurs, he's got a charming voice and not a lot to say with it. But his spare-looking film lights up a TV screen handsomely, and watching at home — where you could be doing something constructive — only heightens the delicious sense of wasted time. B+

Originally posted Sep 27, 1996 Published in issue #346 Sep 27, 1996 Order article reprints
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