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Moonrise Kingdom

  • 2012
  • PG-13
  • 94min
  • 94%
  • 7.8 / 10

On a New England island called New Penzance, two teenagers Sam Shakusky, played by Jared Gilman, and Suzy Bishop, played by Kara Hayward, meet and form a relationship. They form a pact to run away together and explore the wilderness - hiking, camping, and fishing away from summer camp leader Randy ward, played by Edward Norton. This causes the whole town to form a search party to go and locate the missing children.

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Director Wes Anderson has featured the actor Owen Wilson in many of his films, but he does not appear in this one, marking the first time the two have not worked together on-screen. As with many of Anderson's films, the shooting schedule was strategic that they waited for the end of the film for key moments to be captured because it gave the actors time to grow comfortable around one another and gain chemistry. Here, the dance scene on the beach was the very last thing filmed so the two young actors could get time to know one another. It was also filmed in a closed set with just the actors, Wes Anderson, and a cameraman.


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Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 romantic comedy directed by Wes Anderson. It was co-written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. It features an ensemble cast that includes Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward (who made their acting debuts in the film), as well as Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban. After first being featured at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where it received much critical praise, it was subsequently released to general audiences on May 25, 2012, to the same success. It made $68.3 million at the box office against a budget of only $16 million, being distributed by Focus Features. It holds at 93% certified fresh rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes and an 84 out of 100 scores on Metacritic.