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Broken Flowers
Review written on: February 14th, 2006

Broken Flowers Review

Let’s face it, after my whole terrible experience with Lost In Translation, Bill Murray isn’t at the top of my list as far as actors I’m dying to see ever act again.

However, Broken Flowers was recommended to me by a co-worker, who shall remain nameless, mainly because thinking about it makes me want to be violent.

Broken Flowers is probably the most boring movie I have ever seen in my entire life. Worse than the sequel to Weekend At Bernies, worse than the made for TV, afterschool special type movies that are on Lifetime. This movie was even worse than Lost In Translation. While Lost In Translation‘s other main star, Scarlett Johansson has redeemed herself with The Island (at least to me), and with Match Point to other people. Bill Murray has not. Sadly, the former SNL star, and great comedian, has failed miserably to prove anything better than a snobbish actor who takes roles, trying to be “artsy”. I just wish he’d use better discretion. I mean, come on, do we not remember Groundhog Day, or What About Bob?. Those are great, very funny movies. But this Broken Flowers mess is just horrible.

Aside from being extremely boring, there’s no closure. Hollywood should know better than to make a movie without a real closing point, especially these days. The movie sorta just… ended. Almost to the point where I went “wait, is that it?” Was I relieved that it was over? Yes. Thank God it wasn’t as long of a movie as Titanic or Braveheart, but still, how can you just end a movie that way? Did the writer die half way into writing the movie? Did they run out of money when filming and just decide “Okay, let’s call it quits and end it here?” Seriously. Just horrible.

Bill Murray‘s performace is somber, at best. It reminds me a lot of his performance in Lost In Translation, where you almost want to like the character, but just can’t. Murray used to be charming, witty, and funny. Now, he’s just old, and sad looking.

The rest of the cast, you can blink your eyes and forget about. No memorable performances, no characters that had any depth. Nothing that stands out in your mind.

The bottom line is, this movie should have never been made. Nor should anyone ever have to suffer through the horribleness that is Broken Flowers. I would not wish this upon anyone, or anything, at any time. I know I’ve felt terrible about movies in the past, but I think this is one of the TopFive worst movies I’ve ever seen, in my entire life. Please, for the love of God, do not watch this movie. Ever. Under any circumstances.

 

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