Bottle Rocket (1996)
Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, James Caan, Lumi Cavazos, Robert Musgrave
Wes Anderson's droll debut introduced viewers to a group of characters, notably including Luke and Owen Wilson, who have absolutely no idea how to pull off a heist. Problem is, they really want to.
It probably wasn't a great idea for a guy who just left a mental asylum (L. Wilson) to enter the world of crime, but you can't blame him for wanting to try something different. From the first shot, Anderson's fixation on composition and sand-dry jokes is front and center. Devotees haven't been able to get enough since. —JS