Bottle Rocket

DVD - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Bottle Rocket
After his stay in a mental hospital, Anthony reconnects with best pal Dignan, who greets his friend with a plan for them to become professional thieves working for a criminal mastermind named Mr. Henry. Step one: recruit a wheelman--Bob, a bored, wealthy 20-something living in fear of his older brother. Step two: rob a strip mall bookstore. Step three: go on the lam, which in this case means hide out at a motel in the middle of nowhere and, for Anthony at least, fall in love with a Paraguayan housekeeper named Inez. Step four: join up with Mr. Henry and pull off the heist of their lives--sort of.

Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] :, Criterion Collection,, [2008], ©2008
ISBN: 1604650583
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Bo
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([20] pages ; illustrations ; 19 cm)


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Aug 05, 2014
  • EleventyOne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great movie. Luke and Owen Wilson are at the their Lukest and Owenest. Crime, romance, comedy and philosophy. Fantastic.

Mar 06, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

Dec 01, 2012
  • MWPH rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is Wes Anderson's debut film and, to me, it certainly felt like a low-budget debut film. The story is simple (one friend wants to lead a life of crime, his friend isn't too sure) and the plot is pretty thin. However, you can see all of the elements that will be prominent in future Wes Anderson films: quirky characters, dry humorous dialogue, and even the same actors. I thought it was fairly funny, but his films have vastly improved over time.

Jul 04, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this alot more years ago when I first watched it. Upon revisiting it, I still enjoyed quite a bit of the dialogue (especially the banter between the Wilson brothers). I enjoyed the quirky story, but not as much as I had before. There is definitely entertainment value to be had here, but there are alot of movies that offer louder laughs and more oddity.

Nov 12, 2011
  • chardb rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.


Sep 23, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If you're a Wes Anderson fan - and I'm not - you'll absolutely rave over this one... because it 'ain't' bad as far as Wes Anderson flicks go... possibly rivalling "Rushmore"... the only other Wes Anderson flick that I came close to liking.

Maybe it's 'cause they were his first two (released in 1996 & 1998, respectively) and got put in the can before his ego got so inflated that he started believing his own clippings and thought he could actually make Hollywood hits... hmmm.

The others?

Well, a mon avis:
The Royal Tenenbaums - sucked
Hotel Chevalier - sucked
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - semi-sucked
The Darjeeling Limited - major sucked.

As well as being the directional debut for Wes Anderson - this is the movie that started it all for the Wilson boys - Luke & Owen. They did it again for Anderson in "The Royal Tenenbaums", and Owen came back to do a part in "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" that was especially written for him... and of course his forgettable role in "The Darjeeling Limited".

What more can I say... the movie itself is an expose about two main knuckleheads (the Wilsons, but not playing brothers) and a friend who get involved in some pretty silly robberies - all with the intention of fulfilling the Owen Wilson character's 75 yr plan of stealing before settling down. Why 75 is anyone's guess but remember this is an Owen Wilson-Wes Anderson collaboration so why would you expect anything to make sense?

The knucklehead antics continue, with break-ups and make-ups amongst the three friends - and a forlorned love interest for Luke - finally coming close to an ending that has the wayward boys hooking-up with some 'brains' - Mr. Henry, a landscaper and part-time criminal played by Jimmy Caan.

What Marlon Brando tried to teach Jimmy playing his thieving son in the Godfather, Caan finally puts to good use in this film! The plot has one of the funniest ironic twists I've ever seen as an ending in a movie and it involves Caan's landscaping character playing out to true form that element in him that makes him a criminal - and the reason why he's the real brains behind all the gang's scheming! I couldn't stop laughing as something as common place as household furniture made its way into a truck! If you watch the movie... you'll see what I'm talking about!

Hey, ok, it's not great stuff compared to some of the more popular flicks the brothers Wilson have made... but have a look at it, at least to see (that's how come I did), why famed Director Martin Scorsese named "Bottle Rocket" one of his top-ten favourite movies of the 1990s.


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Sep 23, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: some violence...but the kind where a guy gets shot... and there's no blood after... that sort of thing!

Sep 23, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: a dozen F & S words and some descripitive words of bodily anatomical parts used to describe people.

Sep 23, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: alluded to in one major scene - but no actual sex scenes


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Mar 06, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

“Hey Josie it's too bad we don't have time to bury these fellows. The Buzzards' have to eat also, so do the warms.” -The outlaw José Wales

Mar 06, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"And people in hell want slupees." -Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon

Sep 23, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

1. They're not really criminals, but everybody's got to have a dream
2. Anthony: Kumar, what were you doing in the freezer?
Kumar: I don't know, man, I lose my touch, man.
Dignan: Did you ever have a touch to lose, man?
3. Anthony: Which part of Mexico are you from?
Inez: Paraguay.


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Sep 23, 2008
  • Michael rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Michael thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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