Bottle Rocket

And thus, in 1996, was the Wes Anderson juggernaut launched upon unsuspecting white urbanites who thereafter, by indie decree, were required to study the entire Anderson canon on Criterion DVD. Here are Owen and Luke Wilson (and older brother Andrew lurking in the wings--or, more likely, deleted scenes). Expanded from Anderson's short film two years prior, Bottle Rocket was, yes, a Sundance darling, but not so much a Sundance darling that it makes your teeth hurt. In outline, the gentle, shambling yet fussy comedy is a caper movie a la The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight. Yet Anderson is less concerned with making a heist flick than communicating the idea possessed by three Texan dimwits for pulling a heist. They're dreamers, amateurs, a point brought home when they finally meet old pro James Caan, who is nothing if not concrete. (R) BRIAN MILLER

July 9-13, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2008

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