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The Darjeeling Limited 

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Many hallmarks of the Wes Anderson dysfunctional-family comedy are present: his preferred actors (including small spots by Bill Murray and Angelica Houston); color-saturated sets; a soundtrack of quirky, catchy '60s pop songs; deadpan dialogue; and a calculated affectedness that makes totally surrendering to the story challenging. And like his earlier works, Darjeeling takes a jolting turn into seriousness ... yet ... yet ... somehow this work came together satisfactorily at the end (despite its hoary metaphor of dropped luggage). Anderson's characters can be too arch for their own good -- like Schwartzman and Natalie Portman in the film's prologue (billed as a "short") -- but here Wilson and especially the soulful Brody transcend the dramatic exercise to reveal some humanity.

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