Bottle Rocket
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Bottle Rocket

1994
Comedy
Crime
Short Film
13m
Bottle Rocket follows three friends (Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson and Robert Musgrave) as they attempt to become gangsters. This short was the basis for the feature that followed in 1996. (imdb)
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Bottle Rocket

1994
Comedy
Crime
Short Film
13m
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Avg Percentile 53.6% from 587 total ratings

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Rated 03 Aug 2011
2
8th
Unwatchable, self-indulgent tripe.
Rated 15 Nov 2021
67
31st
More interesting than successful, primarily as a "where it all began" for Anderson and the Wilsons; the harsh, "New Wave" film-making style is radically different to the eccentric twee-ness of Anderson's later work, though it does highlight his fixation on deliberately affected, anachronistic styles and characters. Taken on its own terms, it's a little too brief and underdeveloped to make a great impact, seeming to stop as soon as it gets going. Still interesting.
Rated 30 Mar 2008
50
8th
31 Mart 08 with Burak, 00:30 am.
Rated 31 Mar 2008
50
39th
My favorite Anderson movie.
Rated 04 Jul 2011
80
78th
A cool short that shows the creative beginnings of the full length movie. Considering I love Wes Anderson and I think the full length Bottle Rocket is great, I found this to be a very entertaining few minutes.
Rated 08 Jun 2022
66
60th
Wes Anderson's first foray into movie-making, and right out of the gate, he shows that he knows how to tell a story, and with style to boot. Visually, it kept reminding me of a miniature, American suburban "Bande à part"... I feel strongly this couldn't be a coincidence (with absolutely no factual basis for that feeling).
Rated 18 Dec 2019
50
15th
didn't get it.
Rated 22 Dec 2008
72
41st
Not much to say about it, it's mostly scenes that ended up in the first act of the film.
Rated 13 Jul 2016
60
51st
This movie was disappointing. I saw it after Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaums, this may be why I don't like it as much.
Rated 08 Jul 2012
75
26th
Really cool to see where it all began for Wes Anderson and the Wilsons, especially because there really isn't a hint of what they would become. Anderson's style in this short is so unlike what he would be doing just years later. And that's cool.
Rated 15 Jul 2008
40
13th
Nisan 08 with maki.
Rated 30 Mar 2011
90
67th
Fantastic short to see where it all started for Anderson and the Wilson brothers.
Rated 28 Sep 2011
75
51st
I'm a Pepper.
Rated 03 Mar 2015
50
35th
Passes the time.
Rated 01 Dec 2016
71
61st
The more tightly-plotted short is a step above the full-length version as it gives the characters less time to marinate and monologue.
Rated 26 Feb 2009
60
46th
Not great, but a good start.
Rated 27 Oct 2012
70
46th
This was genuine fun.
Rated 13 Oct 2009
93
87th
By far Anderson's most original, and ultimately funniest movie. The fact that this launched him as a director, and both Wilsons to movie-stardom, should not be overlooked. Also, what first-time Austin-based director gets James Caan to do a full role in a film? Short answer: a pretty damn good one. This review sounds like I'm writing a blurb for Entertainment Weekly, but whatever. I loved this movie in 9th grade and I love it today.
Rated 30 Nov 2010
55
53rd
Mildly amusing debut short from Wes Anderson.
Rated 15 Sep 2010
86
68th
Sharp flick.
Rated 24 Nov 2009
75
45th
Not my favorite Wes Anderson film, but decent.
Rated 22 Aug 2009
80
84th
Nice short film that would go on to be made into its excellent full length version in 1996. Showcases a young Anderson and Wilson Brothers very well.
Rated 13 Apr 2012
81
62nd
A delightful indie flick that introduced me to the surprisingly long-lasting charisma of Owen Wilson.
Rated 22 Oct 2013
76
50th
Interesting to see Anderson's roots. Serves as an good companion piece to the feature.
Rated 10 Oct 2013
97
89th
Happiness is...a great short.

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