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"Broken Flowers" is overfertilized - CinemaDave

Aug. 13th, 2005 08:41 am "Broken Flowers" is overfertilized

"Broken Flowers" is being heralded as Bill Murray's second chance for the Oscar. Similar to his nominated performance in "Lost in Translation," Murray portrays a middle aged cynical man who feels the burp of romance. This time Murray portrays Don Juan in his declining years.

When his current girlfriend (Julie Delpy) leaves him, Murray receives an unsigned note that his son will be coming to visit him. Murray had not known that he was a father and he begins a quest to find out who the mother is.

This quest involves a reconciliation with his four former lovers portrayed by Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange and Tilda Swinton. Each unique woman has a tale to tell, with each biography darker than the previous visit.

Jim Jarmusch wrote and directed "Broken Flowers" to showcase Bill Murray. There are countless shots of Bill Murray when he stands around and does nothing. For this performance, Murray's acting has been praised by Roger Ebert and most elitist critics. While these same critics may have found Murray obnoxious twenty five years ago on twenty five years ago on Saturday Night Live, they seem to prefer this sleepy actor.

It was deja vu' all over again for this writer. As I composed my final thoughts for "Lost in Translation," a ticket buyer approached me. This woman was upset that she did not like "Lost in Translation" as much the mainstream critics did. This time for "Broken Flowers," a woman approached me and told me how much she hated Bill Murrray's new movie. Collectively there were negative comments from the two hundred or so ticket buyers. These comments ranged from "over rated' to "dull." Actually "Broken Flowers" is a joke of a movie with no punchline.

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