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Moonrise Kingdom

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2012
  • Wes Anderson
  • 89 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Coming-of-age drama directed by Wes Anderson and starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis and Bill Murray. Unhappy 12-year-old boy scout Sam Shakusky runs away with bookish Suzy Bishop to live an idyllic life in the New England countryside. Meanwhile, back home, the pair's disappearance throws a group of dysfunctional adults into a panic.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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 (Shawshank Redemption-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 an antsy but dedicated scoutmaster (Edward Norton), a 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. 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.

Credits

Cast

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Scout Master WardEdward Norton
Captain SharpBruce Willis
Walt BishopBill Murray
Commander PierceHarvey Keitel
Social ServicesTilda Swinton
Laura BishopFrances McDormand
Cousin BenJason Schwartzman
Suzy BishopKara Hayward
Sam ShakuskyJared Gilman
NarratorBob Balaban

Crew

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DirectorWes Anderson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2012-05-25
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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