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In this typically oddball tale from director Wes Anderson (
The Royal Tenenbaums
), two troubled 12-year-olds retreat to nature and grapple with their primal instincts. Jared Gilman is suitably precocious as orphaned boy scout Sam, who escapes from his tent (
-style) to run away with bookish but rebellious girlfriend Suzy (Kara Hayward). They're tracked by Sam's scout peers and various concerned grown-ups, including Edward Norton's antsy but dedicated scoutmaster, stoic local cop Bruce Willis, and Suzy's self-absorbed parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand). Tilda Swinton also features, playing an amusingly brittle social worker whose character is credited as Social Services. Anderson cheerfully riffs on Hollywood war films - in that sense this film is reminiscent of
Son of Rambow
- but this is also a love story and that's where he falters. Anderson's familiar mannered approach ensures plenty of laughs, but it also means his stabs at pathos miss the mark. This is a joyously silly, sweet and very cerebral coming-of-age yarn, but it never touches the heart.
A boy at a scout camp on an island falls in love with the daughter of a local family, and they run away together. The search for the missing children throws the peaceful community into an uproar, leaving various adults troubled by their own lost innocence. Wes Anderson's comedy drama, with Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand.
Cast & Crew
Scout Master Ward
Some violence, swearing, sexual references.
DVD and Blu-ray
25 May 2012
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