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Moonrise Kingdom

  • Rated PG13
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comedy, drama, romance

Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand star in filmmaker Wes Anderson's story of two 12-year-olds who run away together, turning their peaceful community upside-down.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
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2 out of 5

Typically quirky Wes Anderson dramedy has lots of heart.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Moonrise Kingdom -- a 1960s-set dramedy about two misfit tweens who run away with each other -- is, like most of director Wes Anderson's other films, atmospheric and loopy and moving: a mix that might confound younger audiences, even though the movie is about kids. Plus, the stories of their home lives are actually quite sad (one is an orphan; the other feels alone and misunderstood by her family). The young characters kiss each other, feel each other up, and are shown in their underwear. Swearing is pretty minimal ("hell," etc.), but there's some period-accurate smoking, and one 12-year-old character is served beer by an adult.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what Moonrise Kingdom is saying about the adults in these children's lives. Why do they seem so hapless? Are any of them role models?
  • Are Wes Anderson's movies funny, sad, or both. Why? How is his style of comedy different from other filmmakers'? How is this movie similar to and different from his other films?
  • Why are Sam and Suzy drawn to each other? What do they offer each other? Do they seem like real 12-year-olds?

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2 stars

One of the most over-rated films from 2012, from the wacky and quirky Wes Anderson about a young boy and girl who fall in love and decide to run away from home, and how the tight-knit town they reside in goes looking for them. I really, really wanted to love this movie and come onboard to the Wes Anderson bandwagon, sadly this thing is ultimately a failure for me. There is no denying Anderson has a style and that the actors who choose to work in his films do that style very well, but for whatever reason it just doesn't connect with me. His brand of humor has always been unique, but not in a good way, as it often comes across as if he's making the viewer look for stuff that really isn't funny and trying to convince them that it is. I just don't find his sense of humor funny or clever in the slightest, moreso annoying. The way he instructs his actors (especially the young boy and girl) to act is also frustrating here, as they come across as robots spurting dialogue in an effort to I'm sure come across as funny and cute but it just feels so fake and forced. It's a harmless movie, but I don't understand the universal praise it has received. The actors do what is required of them, but the style of Anderson's films, excusing "Bottle Rocket" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox", just feel very self-congratulatory for being so cute and clever. Maybe it's just me, again, I respect that Anderson has a way of making movies and he has found actors committed to it as well, but mostly his films rarely move me or make me laugh.

- fb619846742, Wednesday, December 12, 2012

4 stars

Moonrise Kingdom represents the returning to form for Wes Anderson. I say returning rather than return because Moonrise is no where near as good as he can be, Mr. Fox aside, Moonrise is as good as The Royal Tenenbaums in story, that is it is nice but very overrated. I really like it but it's nothing special, it's the performances that really count. Here we have a big cast as usual but none of the big names really make a huge impact, this is left to the brilliant young talents of Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward and they are the ones that make Moonrise a great film. It's directed beautifully and it has a nice story but it is Anderson himself that has raised the expectedness of his films, I can only compare this film to his catalogue of films and rate it accordingly.

- SirPant, Tuesday, December 4, 2012

3 stars

Wes Anderson knows how to direct and Moonrise Kingdom is no exception to this.Plot-wise, Moonrise Kingdom is awkwardly amusing and believe it or not, this isn't surprising. At times it really does seem like the story is meandering, but it really isn't. It's just the offbeat nature of the film that makes it seem that way.The characters, setting, and costumes all compliment the 1960s time frame nicely. The cinematography and writing are also creative and planned out to detail.The acting is a bit dull at times, but is only a minor flaw in the grand scheme of things. Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward are the bulk of the film; however, the likes of Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Frances McDormand chip in with some engaging characters themselves.At the end of the day Moonrise Kingdom is a recommendable 90 minute watch. "I love you, but you don't know what you're talking about."

- skactopus, Saturday, November 24, 2012