Directed by Wes Anderson
Newcomer Owen Wilson, in a star-making performance, co-wrote the screenplay about three best friends who attempt to escape their suburban boredom through a life of crime. But these bickering, bumbling thieves are no match for the local "godfather" (James Caan) who leads them into the biggest heist of their careers. Co-starring Luke Wilson and Bob Musgrave in their film debuts. This is also the feature debut of director Wes Anderson.
Newcomer Owen Wilson co-wrote the screenplay about three best friends who attempt to escape suburban boredom through a life of crime. They are no match for the local "godfather". Co-starring Luke Wilson and Bob Musgrave in their film debuts.
Cast: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Robert Musgrave, James Caan
Luke and Owen Wilson star as close friends who's long term ambitions are to become criminals under the tutelage of James Caan, who Owen met while working for his landscaping company. They execute a fairly unimpressive crime with a mutual friend (they rob a book store) in order to impress him enough to get in with him and execute a real crime. While in hiding at a cheap motel, Luke meets and falls for a woman from Paraguay working as a maid. Wes Anderson's debut (co-written with Owen Wilson) lacks the visual ornateness of his later films, but is clearly his work. It takes the form of a crime film, but is really a film about the relationship between these two friends.
The clumsy, tender protagonists and the nostalgic imagery resemble those of the later Wes Anderson movies. But the style here is more restrained and less "cute." There are some hilarious moments.