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Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Offbeat tragicomedy about a washed up Jacques Cousteau-like oceanographer (played in delightful deadpan by Bill Murray) who, along with his oddball crew, sets out on an open sea adventure -- which he chronicles on film as part of his latest documentary -- to hunt down the shark that ate his partner, while at the same time coming to terms with a new deckhand (Owen Wilson) who may, or may not, be his long-lost son. Directed by Wes Anderson, this Melvillian revenge could use more wind in its sails, but stays afloat thanks to its cleverly quirky script, imaginatively animated aquatic life and good performances from its eccentric ensemble. Some strong violence, recreational drug use, an implied sexual encounter, an instance of brief gratuitous nudity, much rough and crude language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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