Author: Humphrey, Wm Steven
Date published: April 13, 2011
Wes Anderson directs and wisely fights what must be an overwhelming temptation to whip out his smartypants bag of cinematic tricks. The result is a bouncy yet strangely unemotional confection. Max (Jason Schwartzman), a teen prep-school dreamer, befriends a much older steel tycoon (Bill Murray). Max's scholastic life hits the fan when his plans to impress a teacher he's fallen for (Olivia Williams) gets him expelled. To make matters worse, Murray falls in love with the very same woman. The result is reminiscent of Harold and Maude (right down to the Cat Stevens soundtrack), but without the emotional investment. In the end, you're left with solid performances all the way around, a few good laughs, and, otherwise, not a lot to write home about. Walk, don't run. (WM.(TM) STEVEN HUMPHREY) Central Cinema, Wed Apr 13 at 9:30 pm.