Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Owen Wilson, Brian Cox, Connie Nielsen

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Produced by: Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Productions, American Empirical

Distributed by: Buena Vista

Genre: comedy

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Review by Xibo Date seen: February 19, 1999
Viewing Location: Secaucus Grade: A
Summary: Howlerific
This is a hilarious comedy about a very rebellious high school student whose bizarre antics create an upheaval in the lives of everyone he touches. Not since Ferris Bueller's Day Off has there been this much zaniness. Max, the intrepid young troublemaker, falls in love with a young teacher. At the same time, he befriends an older businessman, elegantly played by a gracefully aging Bill Murray, who happens to fall in love with the same teacher, even though he's married at the time. The movie is a laugh riot, and certainly among the best in its class.  

Review by Scalveg Date seen: January 25, 2000
Viewing Location: Living Room Cinema 19 (inch) Grade: B
Summary: I haven't been in high school in a Long Time
But movies seem to keep wanting to remind me of it.

Maybe it was this whole relationship thing (see You've Got Mail) that keeps putting me off, but the movie did drag some. Also, the ending was unsatisfying to me. Perhaps the message of the movie was 'You should follow your dreams, but they'll break you, but that's okay sometimes.' 

Review by skye88 Date seen: July 31, 2003
Viewing Location: Somewhere in Manhattan, my living room Grade: A
Summary: A classic
One of my favorite movies of all time. Jason Schwartzman is hilarious as Max, Bill Murray is wonderful in one of his best roles to date, and Olivia Williams is lovely as the teacher they both fall for. The excellent soundtrack is woven seamlessly into the story and gives the picture a kind of timeless feel. Offbeat, wonderfully quirky, reminds me of a of cross between 'The Graduate' and 'Harold and Maude'.  

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