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At Theaters: 12/25/2004 On Video: 5/10/2005
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 58 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 439973
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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Eccentric, down-but-not-out oceanographer Steve Zissou and his motley crew find themselves in troubled waters when they attempt to track down the mysterious "Jaguar shark" that ate his partner while filming a documentary of their latest adventure. Adding to his nautical nightmares, Zissou must content with a beautiful journalist assigned to write a profile, and a new member of the team.
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Comedy - This is a very strange, very quirky comedy that appeals largely to existing fans of Wes Anderson's dry sense of humor. Those looking for real big belly laughs or broad comedy will likely be confused.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Bill Murray GARFIELD, LOST IN TRANSLATION, OSMOSIS JONES
Cate Blanchett THE AVIATOR, LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING
Owen Wilson STARSKY AND HUTCH, THE BIG BOUNCE
Anjelica Huston DADDY DAY CARE, BLOOD WORK
Willem Dafoe THE CLEARING, FINDING NEMO, AUTO FOCUS
Director: Wes Anderson THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, RUSHMORE
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Production Notes Heading
About The Screenplay
Meet Team Zissou
A Tour of the Belafonte
The Undersea World of Steve Zissou
About The Score
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 16 F-words; 19 S-words, 9 GD's, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief nonsexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings, slicings, fights.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use.
ACTION: Fights, shootings, explosions.
COMEDY: Very dry comic situations and dialogue; some animal humor.
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Above Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average I didn't dislike "The Life Aquatic" with Steve Zissou, but I didn't leave the theater with a strong desire to recommend it. It is not as engaging as "The Royal Tenenbaums," but about on par with "Rushmore" and "Bottle Rocket." The film strikes me as a better bet for a DVD rental than a theatrical option, but there are enough good things in the movie to keep most viewers interested.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average My rational mind informs me that this movie doesn't work. Yet I hear a subversive whisper: Since it does so many other things, does it have to work, too? Can't it just exist? "Terminal whimsy," I called it on the TV show. Yes, but isn't that better than half-hearted whimsy, or no whimsy at all? Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" is the damnedest film. I can't recommend it, but I would not for one second discourage you from seeing it.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 113 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
11
High
73%
13-19Teens (F)
8
About 50/50
88%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
27
Fairly Low
70%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
23
Low
61%
30+Adults (M)
14
Fairly Low
64%
30+Adults (F)
30
Low
33%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 113 moviegoer opinions. Looks like lots of moviegoers found this movie to be way too strange for their taste. It's unusual to see this many very low opinions. If you select this movie you're really taking a chance. However, quite a few enjoyed it, especially the younger crowd. Over half of the teen males rated it very high, but some hated it. As the age of the moviegoer, both male and female, increases the opinions decrease dramatically. So, if you're a teen male or female you have a pretty decent chance of enjoying "Life Aquatic." As for everyone else, your chances of truly enjoying this movie are quite low and your chances of truly disliking it are quite high.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Meet Steve Zissou: legendary underwater explorer, notorious blow-hard, and a man known around the globe for his documentaries about the teeming life beneath the deep blue sea. These days, however, life on land isn't going so smoothly for Zissou. His best friend and long-time partner, Esteban, was recently consumed by a ravenous jaguar shark. Rumors are starting to spread that he's losing his touch. And now, out of the blue, comes a genuine Southern gentleman and Air Kentucky co-pilot named Ned Plimpton (OWEN WILSON) who claims he might, or might not, be the long-lost son Steve never got to know.

Imperious, egotistical and endearingly off-course, Steve Zissou is now ready to make his most epic film to date—the one in which he will wage vengeance on the jaguar shark, become the father he never thought he could be, and regain some fleeting sense of his own nobility. Setting sail on his boat, The Belafonte, Zissou assembles a crew that also includes: Jane Winslett-Richardson (CATE BLANCHETT), a mysteriously pregnant journalist covering the story of the expedition; Eleanor Zissou (ANJELICA HUSTON), Zissou's brilliant wife and Vice President of The Zissou Society; adoring German engineer, Klaus Daimler (WILLEM DAFOE); Zissou's arch nemesis and rival oceanographer, Alistair Hennessey (JEFF GOLDBLUM); Zissou's septagenarian producer, Oseary Drakoulias (MICHAEL GAMBON); physicist and original score composer, Vladimir Wolodarsky (NOAH TAYLOR); the bond company stooge, Bill Ubell (BUD CORT); Pelé dos Santos (SEU JORGE), the Brazilian Safety Expert who regularly serenades the team with haunting Portuguese renditions of David Bowie songs. The rest of Team Zissou includes perennially topless script girl Anne- Marie Sakowitz (ROBYN COHEN); cameraman Vikram Ray (WARIS AHLUWALIA); frogman Bobby Ogata (NEILS KOIZUMI) and editor and sound man Renzo Pietro (PAWEL WDOWCZAK).

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