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Movie Review: Broken Flowers

Alternate Title: Don't Look Back

Story: I go against the tide with this review. I did not like this latest, much touted film by Indie director and writer Jim Jarmusch. How come you ask?

I am not a fan of middle aged remorseful characters. I am of the suck it up, just get along with your life school type of gal. The woulda's coulda's and shoulda's are not part of my vocabulary and I don't have much patience for that type of whining on or off screen.

Our main character, Don Johnston, has just had another woman walk out on him. He gets an unsigned letter from a former girlfriend informing he has a 19 year old son who may be looking for him. His very colorful neighbor suggests and directs a road trip for Don to go meet the four long lost women who might be the mother of his son. And so it becomes a road movie to self discovery. As most of us already know, looking back is a losing situation. But look back he does.

If you like Bill Murray, even when he is repeating characters he has played before, you might check out this film. But if you are looking for answers to life's questions or are expecting belly laughs from the the film, you will be very disappointed.

Acting: Bill Murray plays almost the same character he played in Lost in Translation, and I think that role is wearing thin. His laid-back, stone face does not work all of the time. The supporting cast is notable, including one of my favoritesJeffrey Wright (Basquiat). The rest of the fine cast all have cameo roles: Sharon Stone, Francis Conroy, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton, Alexis Dziena, Chloe Sevigny and Julie Delpy.

Predilection: None.

Critters: One of the former women friends is an animal communicator and we get to see an adorable cat and a dog.

Blatant Product Placement: Moet, Taurus, Mapquest.

Opening Titles: The opening titles were superimposed over a fast moving montage of the postal system.

Theater Audience: Packed for a Monday afternoon.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: I squirmed because it was very slow moving at times.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: It needed editing.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine. If you want to see some of Jamusch's other films, try: Coffee and Cigarettes, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Year of the Horse, , Dead Man, Coffee and Cigarettes III, Night on Earth Mystery Train,Coffee and Cigarettes II, Down by Law, Coffee and Cigarettes, Stranger Than Paradise, The New World and Permanent Vacation.

Length: Under two hours