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'Bottle Rocket' (1996)
Family Ties: Luke, Owen and Andrew Wilson
Why it worked: Perhaps the least twitchy of Wes Anderson's films and the one in which brothers Owen and Luke first established their soon set-in-stone personas, "Bottle Rocket" was an oddball indie that made careers for all three (brother Andrew, who had a small part as Future Man, wasn't as lucky). Co-written by Owen and Anderson, the movie followed Anthony (Luke), recently released from a mental hospital, as he reconnects with his friend Dignan and somehow ends up in a scheme to rob Mr. Henry (James Caan). The plot, what there is of it, is less compelling than the friendship at the story's core. Owen is at his most hyperactive and least grounded, while Luke ambles along in a dreamlike state. It's a combination that shouldn't make sense, but like chocolate and bacon, it somehow seems absolutely perfect. Owen would go on to pair memorably with other stars (Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jackie Chan), but the bromance that was the quirkiest and perhaps most unique was the one that started it all with Luke.
-Liane Bonin Starr