The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Theatrical Release: December 31, 2004
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou


In this dark comedy, the famous and inept oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew set out to explore the ocean. While on a diving expedition, Zissou’s partner is killed by a creature believed to be a rare Jaguar Shark. In an attempt at revenge, Zissou, his German first mate (Willem Dafoe) and the rest of his team set sail to find the shark. Zissou has lost his best friend and still mourns his failed marriage with Eleanor (Anjelica Huston), who is also his video producer. After his mother kills herself, airline copilot Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson) goes on a search for his father. Believing that Zissou may be his father, he joins the crew along with a pregnant journalist (Cate Blanchett). On their journey, they have an encounter with an enemy seaman (Jeff Goldblum) and pirates, who take them off course to recover stolen equipment, money and a crewman.

Dove Review

While many scenes in Life Aquatic were very humorous, they were accompanied by several slow, monotonous ones. The movie follows almost the same cinematography and flow as does Bill Murray’s “Lost in Translation”. Overall, though, I did enjoy the film, and even some of the slow parts were made enjoyable by Murray. Some of the creatures are pretty neat, also. This film is definitely not on the same echelon as “Caddyshack”, but it’s a good movie for Bill Murray fanatics.

This movie is not Dove approved. Language was the answer for the producers in Life Aquatic, depicted by over 55 offensive words. Drugs and nudity also weren’t spared from an appearance. I do not recommend viewing this film, unless foul language, along with some other offensive material, don’t bother you. Leave the kids at home for this one.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Couple scenes with gun fights, man shown being shot. Man shown with gunshot wounds to head.
Sex: Woman impregnated via affair subject of some conversation throughout movie. Also, fornication is implied with two unmarried people laying in bed together when someone walks in.
Language: 16 F’s, 19 S’s, 11 GD’s, 4 A’s, 3 J/JC’s, 5 B’s, 7 D’s, 1 H. Many instances where the letter “F” was used in place of the actual word.
Violence: Couple scenes with gun fights, man shown being shot. Man shown with gunshot wounds to head.
Drugs: Smoking cigarettes, marijuana, and drinking alcohol.
Nudity: Woman’s breasts shown.
Other: None


Company: Touchstone Pictures
Director: Wes Anderson
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 117 min.
Reviewer: Bradley B. Klinge