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Moonrise Kingdom

ages 15+ | 83% Say It's Worth Your Time

The year is 1965, and the residents of New Penzance, an island off the coast of New England, inhabit a community that seems untouched by some of the bad things going on in the rest of the world. Twelve-year-olds Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) have fallen in love and decide to run away. But a violent storm is approaching the island, forcing a group of quirky adults (Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray) to mobilize a search party and find the youths before calamity strikes.

Runtime: 1 hr 34 min

Genre: Drama , Romance

Director: Wes Anderson

Producer: Scott Rudin, Wes Anderson, Sam Hoffman, Mark Roybal, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson

Cast: Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Rob Campbell, Bob Balaban, Neal Huff, Larry Pine, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Chandler Frantz, Tommy Nelson, Eric Anderson, Marianna Bassham, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Lucas Hedges, Charlie Kilgore, Andreas Sheikh, L.J. Foley

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  • stolman (Male)

    ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I think you are either going to love or hate this movie. It is a very quirky artsy movie. I didn't really enjoy this movie. The style didn't win me over and some of the subject matter is not appropriate for children or even teens. I would pass on this movie.

    September 19th, 2012 · Details
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  • paul.edwards.1044 (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    What a delightful way to introduce a broader audience to the stunning and weird visual and character quirks of director Wes Anderson. Be prepared to find yourself in a magical bygone era where adults act childish, children act with valor, and dreams come true. Some awkward coming of age moments that might be inappropriate for young teens. But as one woman aptly said as I and left the theatre "that was the weirdest most wonderful movie I have ever seen."

    July 19th, 2012 · Details
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  • sam.mcconkie (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Ah, young love: That moment in a person’s life when a chance meeting with a stranger gradually blossoms into a sweet and tender romance regardless of the obstacles and hurdles in place. Many experience this, and some of those stories range from heartfelt to intriguing to sad, sometimes all at once. In what is arguably his greatest cinematic achievement, director Wes Anderson takes all of the right ingredients for a genuinely moving love story and combines them with a quirky, surreal foundation to create a film that is simply sublime.

    “Moonrise Kingdom” isn’t simply good. It’s outstandingly good. From its opening sequence of panning through a plainly decorated, perfectly symmetrical house to the final reel, this film will pleasantly whisk you away and keep you in its magical grip.

    Disillusioned Khaki Scout Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) is an orphan. Having lost his parents at a young age, his fellow Khaki Scouts widely regard him as emotionally disturbed and have all but written him off. Sam also isn’t helped much by Scoutmaster Ward (Edward Norton), who clandestinely notes in his daily tape log that Sam is the least popular Scout by a significant margin.

    Having had enough of the seclusion, Sam leaves a letter of resignation on his cot and flees camp to rendezvous with his love, Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward).

    Upon the news that their daughter has run away from home, Walt and Laura Bishop (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) go into a small panic and enlist the help of the somewhat-detached and enigmatic police Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis), who may have a deeper connection to Laura than previously thought.

    They comb the island of New Penzance by means of station wagon and boat, all of which is cleverly filmed from a first-person angle to add to the sense of urgency. Sharp contacts Sam’s foster parents, but they insist they can’t take him back if he is found because it just wouldn’t be fair to the other children in the orphanage. Poor kid.

    Amidst the chaos on the main island, Sam and Suzy hike through the wilderness while avoiding the band of Khaki Scouts sent to bring them back and pitch camp in a cove. It is here that their romance can finally take shape and mold them into the adults they will eventually become. Now it’s a matter of whether the community will let them be together.

    “Moonrise Kingdom” succeeds as much as it does because of its astute and abundantly clever script, penned by Wes Anderson and co-written by Roman Coppola. Common themes in Anderson’s films include redemption and growing up, and while they are accounted for here, the predominant idea of children acting like adults and adults acting like children takes center stage this time around to great effect.

    The kids are entirely aware of what the big picture is and know how to function accordingly whereas the adults panic and breakdown at inopportune times, perhaps showing that kids aren’t as naïve and uninformed as we often think they are. At one point, Walt belligerently asks Ward why he can’t control his scouts and refers to them as “beige lunatics.” He then promptly throws his shoe at him in a tantrum.

    Even later, Captain Sharp admits that Sam is more intelligent than he is after Sam explains the details of his actions and what they signify. Sharp then poignantly and hilariously responds: “It’s very eloquent. I can’t argue against anything you’re saying. Then again, I don’t have to because you’re 12 years old.”

    The visual style helps everything collectively mesh and even helps the story along. The background shots are busy and never devoid of personality. Some of the sets even look like models built to scale, and on a tiny island, it adds to the already quaint charm of the film.

    Perhaps most importantly of all, the performances in “Moonrise Kingdom” are terrific, and they lift the film heads and shoulders above the average Hollywood fare. Everybody is excellent, but Bruce Willis in particular shows his endearing and gentle side in a low-key fashion, a welcome break from his grizzled, tough guy roles.

    Bill Murray perfectly captures the feeling of a helpless and tempestuous parent who struggles to stay relevant in his daughter’s life and Frances McDormand plays the concerned mother nicely. Newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward also impress, and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see these young kids develop illustrious and successful careers.

    Needless to say, “Moonrise Kingdom” is a superlative and highly enjoyable effort from Wes Anderson. He has taken the mainstays of his style and perfected them here. With nary a blemish anywhere to be found, it comes with my highest recommendation.

    November 12th, 2013 · Details
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  • travlucas (Male)

    Mature 17+ | Worth Your Time

    I love Wes Anderson's films and I thought this was a really good one however, be forewarned that there is a scene in it that a lot of people will be really uncomfortable with.

    January 8th, 2013 · Details
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  • Bob (Male)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Quirky indeed! But not worth your time. There are some fun moments but too much in the film that is just inappropriate for teens or too peculiar.

    Edward Norton did a good job, so did the teenage boy and girl who played off each other awkwardly well. The affair between Bruce Willis and the girl's mom was unnecessary. The strange scenes where the kids are lounging in their underwear on the beach acting as if they are married are uncomfortable and inappropriate, although somewhat humorous.

    I felt the overall message was, if you connect with someone and have feelings for them you should be able to run away with them, do immoral things, and then just expect people to understand despite your young age, immaturity, or lack of responsibility. This message, in my opinion, was subtly covered up by the fun quirky and awkward parts of the film.

    January 7th, 2013 · Details
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  • mylawarren (Female)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    This is worth your time if your a fan of the quirky, independent feel of Wes Anderson's films. I thought Edward Norton did an awesome job.

    December 23rd, 2012 · Details
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  • Jim (Male)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    This may go down as one of my all time faves. Hilarious and charming - some great one-liners and awesome scenes. There was an uncomfortable scene with teenagers in underwear. Somewhat innocent and hilarious in a way but still inappropriate. Don't let kids under 16 watch it.

    August 19th, 2012 · Details
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  • Ken (Male)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Moonrise Kingdom is a quirky, artsy, film that is not without merit. It has it's positive moments and is interlaced with a sort of naive, broken innocence that reminds one of their early teenage years and the intensity of not quite growing up. I'm not sure that I would have sat through the entire film if I had watched it at home, which prevents me from being able to vote it as worth your time. However, if you're in the mood for an art-house type movie you would be satisfied with Moonrise Kingdom.

    July 5th, 2012 · Details
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  • alliep (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Vintage Wes Anderson: quirky and beautiful. Much to chew on thematically: children acting acting like adults, adults acting like children, a funny look at institutions like the military and boy scouts, metaphors and symbols of sight, vision and understanding. Definitely worth your time, but over the heads of small children.

    July 2nd, 2012 · Details
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  • brownjeans (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Wes Anderson has a wonderful way of telling stories.

    June 8th, 2012 · Details
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  • Clearplay

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Moonrise Kingdom falls in the artsy film category. The humor is dry and understated and the plot thin, but we’re supposed to appreciate it for its design and technique. The characters are all defined by their quirks, Edward Norton getting a nod for his portrayal of a Scout Master. While there is humor to be had, I found Moonrise Kingdom more of an oddity than entertainment. With ClearPlay in charge, you won’t know about the scene with implied sex and sensual acts between minors, but you should be aware those elements exist in the original when making your decision to support the film with a rental or purchase. Those who enjoy director Wes Anderson’s other movies (Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums) may want to give it a spin... See Full Review

    August 12th, 2013 · Details
  • BillGoodykoontz (Male) Arizona Republic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Everything about the film is similarly artificial in its construction -- the story, the dialogue, the acting -- and yet it all works... Taken as a whole, 'Moonrise' may not be particularly believable. On the other hand, it never stops giving us something to believe in... whimsy abounds, but it doesn't dominate. There is real danger here, real sadness, real heartbreak, real pain... Read full review here

    December 6th, 2012 · Details
  • RogerEbert (Male) Chicago Sun-Times Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Anderson always fills his films with colors, never garish but usually definite and active. In "Moonrise Kingdom," the palette tends toward the green of new grass, and the Scout's khaki brown. Also the right amount of red. It is a comfortable canvas to look at, so pretty that it helps establish the feeling of magical realism... The approaching turmoil of adolescence is foretold, however, by an approaching hurricane that places the lives of the young explorers in danger... Read full review here

    December 6th, 2012 · Details
  • ClaudiaPuig (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Literate, melancholy and magical, Moonrise Kingdom is quintessential Wes Anderson, infused with his brand of daffy offbeat fairy tale that is both meticulously detailed and dreamlike... an enchantingly droll song of innocence and experience... his stylized tale comes off like an enchanting, if idiosyncratic, storybook fantasy with coming-of-age emotional depth... Read full review here

    December 6th, 2012 · Details
  • NellMinow (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    ...seems claustrophobic and frustratingly precious to some audiences and astutely ironic to others... Parents should know that this film includes some sexual references and experimentation by middle-schoolers, teen and adult smoking and drinking, some strong language, some violence, and human and animal characters peril and injury... Read full review here

    December 6th, 2012 · Details
  • OwenGleiberman (Male) Entertainment Weekly

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Wes Anderson hasn't lost his puckishly charming genius for cinema-as-diorama visuals. For some viewers, Moonrise Kingdom may be movie heaven... Read full review here

    December 6th, 2012 · Details
  • RichardCorliss (Male) Time

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    .... cheers for a Cannes director who has infused his technical mastery with radiant life... Read full review here

    December 6th, 2012 · Details
  • KurtJensen (Male) Catholic News Service

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    ...aren't meant to be either easily understood or likable. So it's no surprise that the pretentious, deadpan whimsicality of "Moonrise Kingdom" (Focus) overwhelms its core story of adults trying to do the best for two troubled preteens...The film contains an instance of underage sensuality, a reference to an extramarital affair and fleeting crass language... Read full review here

    December 6th, 2012 · Details
  • smoman (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Quirky and wonderful. Funny story that could open more people to the world of Wes Anderson.

    September 25th, 2012 · Details
  • Craig (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    It is hard to categorize moonrise kingdom. It is a quirky artsy awkward symbolic and sentimental child coming of age adventure. Great style and cinematography.

    September 24th, 2012 · Details
  • Blaze187 (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I loved this movie. It's different from the usual due to the fact that it's an independent film and the type of humor is fantastic.

    August 29th, 2012 · Details
  • mnmoody (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Wes Anderson does it again! He populates a real-world setting with seemingly unreal character interactions, but this formula works every time! There is real art to be found here; but I do second what others have said. There is a blush-worthy scene involving (if not a bit humorously) sexual discovery between the two teen protagonists. It really isn't too bad, but fourteen and up is an appropriate age for audiences. Its hard to find a film that captures what it is like to be a kid again, during the awkward phase in life where we start discovering that we have real feelings and that they need to be confronted.

    Definitely go for a artsy date night, but leave the non teens at home for this one.

    August 21st, 2012 · Details
  • TimeForAMovie (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Reliably quirky Wes Anderson delivers a gem of 60's era art and style, but I'm not sure how entertaining it was. I'd also caution that the themes are meant for a mature audience. The good news is that younger kids probably have no interest in seeing this movie anyway, because it has quite a few lapses that bordered on boring. I was disappointed with Bill Murray and Bruce Willis, but Ed Norton and the Khaki Scouts were good enough for me to slightly recommend it for a patient fan of movie art.

    July 14th, 2012 · Details

Okfor ages12+