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Broken Flowers (2005)

Posted 4 July 2006 in Bill-Murray, movie, and review

Broken Flowers (2005)

Bill Murray's character is the eternal bachelor, and has been trading out women for decades. One day he receives an anonymous letter, informing him that he has a 20-year-old son. Unconvinced, he sets out to find clues by visiting five women he knew 20 years ago.

I picked up "Broken Flowers" because I wanted to be stretched as a viewer. My preference is for action or comedy, but I enjoy being able to step outside of comfort zone occasionally. That said, the movie was pretty much what I expected: awkward dialog and uncomfortable silence. That is not because "Flowers" is poorly written - the script is just written to that style.

I would give "Broken Flowers" 3 out of 5 stars. The movie doesn't lend itself to multiple views, but the caliber of acting the movie requires was delivered. Murray plays a guy with a dry, sarcastic sense of humor, and his performance of that role was spot-on. If you ever watch a John Travolta movie, you come away shaking your head because the character you watched John-Travolta- playing-so-and-so. Not so with Murray's character. "Flowers" loses 2 stars because there's no reason to watch it again.