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TOP 500 REVIEWERon December 16, 2008
Jacques Cousteau-type filmmaker Steve Zissou is off to film his search for the jaguar shark that killed his partner. Among the motley crew aboard are his disinterested wife, a pregnant journalist, and a man who may be his son.

Bill Murray plays the title character with an unrelenting poker-face, so dour and expressionless that I couldn't relate to him at all. I kept waiting for some of the silliness that Murray does so well, but Steve remained a one-dimensional character throughout. This type of humor escaped me completely. I thought it was tiresome and might have made a good 30-minute film, but not a full-length film. Cate Blanchett was wasted as the journalist as was Jeff Goldblum as a competing filmmaker. Owen Wilson, playing Steve's possible son, was appealing but couldn't make up for the other lifeless characters and the pointless script.

If the director's odd take on humor isn't enough reason to skip this film, there's the terrible DVD commentary, which was recorded in a busy restaurant and is impossible to listen to. Disappointing.
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2005
Great cast but terrible movie. If it was meant to be a comedy it sure was not funny in the least. If it was meant to be a drama it just plain made no sense. Was bored stiff, but watched it to the end. Big mistake, I could have been doing something more interesting like washing my hair or watching paint dry
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