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  • 4.0

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  • 70

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The film as a whole operates in Mr. Anderson's patented, semi-precious zone of antic and droll. It's not as if the filmmaker has gone off the rails. He's just not solidly on them.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A spiritual quest can take many forms. One could argue that all of director Wes Anderson's movies focus on a sense of personal melancholy and directionlessness that often fuels such an odyssey. And they do so with a dark and offbeat wit.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This is familiar psychological as well as stylistic territory for Anderson after "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." But there's a startling new maturity in Darjeeling, a compassion for the larger world that busts the confines of the filmmaker's miniaturist instincts.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Anderson is like Dave Brubeck, who I'm listening to right now. He knows every note of the original song, but the fun and genius come in the way he noodles around. And in his movie's cast, especially with Owen Wilson, Anderson takes advantage of champion noodlers.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Wes Anderson tackles mature brotherly baggage.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like most Wes Anderson films, this quirky comedy deals with emotional baggage and relationships, which will probably bore younger teens (despite the presence of Wedding Crashers star Owen Wilson). The three protagonist brothers drink and share a love of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. There's a scene of peril when they try to save three young Indian boys from drowning. A dead child is shown, as is his Indian funeral fire. Suicide is briefly mentioned, and the death of a father is discussed on several occasions. There's one sex scene, although except for some passionate kissing, it's off screen. Language includes "f--k" and "s--t" but isn't incessant. Parents should also know that a short called Hotel Chevalier comes with the DVD and it contains more nudity.

  • Families can talk about whether Wes Anderson's movies are funny, sad, or both. Why? How is his style of comedy different from other filmmakers'? How is this movie similar to and different from his other films? Some critics have complained that the film's second act, which takes place in a small Indian village, is offensive. What do you think about that part of the film? Is it appropriate, or is its tragedy out of place with the rest of the film?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The brothers take a life-changing trip to India, but they're also self-absorbed, materialistic prescription-drug junkies with serious family issues.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Peter and Francis wrestle on the floor until mace is sprayed in their eyes. There's a disturbing sequence in which the brothers try to save three Indian boys who are drowning. A boy dies, and Peter is hurt (he has blood on his face and clothes). As per Indian tradition, the boy is cremated by a funeral fire. Brief mention of suicide; several mentions of father's death.

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    Sex: Jack and a train attendant kiss and eventually have sex (off camera). The brothers discuss whether Jack has just had sex with the woman.

  • language false3

    Language: Some use of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," etc. Also the use of the insensitive phrase "Indian giving."

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    Consumerism: Many, many scenes involving monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage designed by Marc Jacobs.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The brothers all take a lot of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines and drink cocktails on the train. They also get in trouble for smoking in their train compartment.