Rated PG-13 · 109 minutes · 2009

Adventure, Comedy drama, Romance
If you were among those knocked out by Rian Johnson’s smart filmmaking debut, Brick—in which pulpy noir dialogue bulleted without irony from the mouths of teenagers—then you might be a little surprised at the whimsical construct of Johnson’s sophomore effort, an overly quirky romantic caper. Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo star as conmen, and their latest mark is a lonely, peculiar heiress (Rachel Weisz) who throws herself with gusto into the possibility of adventure. A luscious dream cast enjoys believable chemistry as they double-cross each other across the globe. However, The Brothers Bloom encroaches on territory that no longer seems terribly fresh, with its preciously arranged dioramas, blatant symbolism, not-so-subconscious daddy issues and plot contrivances that lack a warm, engaging truth. In short, if you’ve been jonesing for a new Wes Anderson movie, look no further.
Official Site: www.brothersbloom.com
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Producer: Ram Bergman, James D. Stern, Wendy Japhet and Douglas Hansen
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Maximilian Schell, Robbie Coltrane and Ricky Jay


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Portland Mercury Reclaiming Quirk The dazzling heist caper The Brothers Bloom is quirky without being precious. by Alison Hallett 05/21/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Brothers Bloom, Imagine That, The Proposal, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and more. 06/11/2009
Memphis Flyer Con Heir The Brothers Bloom: grifters' games. by Addison Engelking 06/04/2009
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Colorado Springs Independent Pros and cons A con flick with soul: not just a puzzle about plot; this is a puzzle about personality, potential and perspective. by MaryAnn Johanson 06/11/2009

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