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Broken Flowers This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Melanie S., Coquitlam, FL

     Sigh. Bill Murray is at it again. Reprising his role as a lonely middle-aged man caught in a crisis, Bill Murray plays Don Johnston (get it?), a guy who finds himself in a little predicament. His young girlfriend has broken up with him and apparently, he is the father of a child he has never met. Here begins Don’s search for the correct ex-girlfriend who might help him out of his misery.

First of all, I get the impression that Bill Murray really wants that Oscar. After his loss to Sean Penn in 2003, I think he has been searching for another “Lost in Translation” moment. I did not see this moment in “Flowers.” What I saw was a contrived plot attempting to be deep and poetic. The film moves much too slowly for my liking although it does improve as it progresses.

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