In Nick Hornby’s About a Boy, main character Will says, “The thing is, a person’s life is like a TV show …”
Or a movie.
And if your life is a movie, how do you know what type it is? How do you know who’s making it
Here’s five ways to tell if you’re in a Wes Anderson film.
- You are or you see a lot of Bill Murray. He’s been in all of Anderson’s movies except one … where presumably James Caan took his place. So, Bill Murray is a good indicator your life is in the middle of a Wes Anderson plot. (Note: This also holds true if you are or you see a lot of Kumar Pallana.)
- Your soundtrack has 70s rock-n-Roll or other obscure music. Soundtracks are the thumbprint of movies, and Anderson’s print is distinctive, colorful, out-of-the-ordinary, and a little pretentious … which pretty much reflects his movies. So, if you own Seu Jorge …
- Your surroundings are bathed in bright, distinctive colors (unless you’re going to make a suicide attempt … then it’s cool colors). If soundtracks are one thumbprint, this is the other. Especially if you wear greens and yellows or a range of reds and oranges.
- At the end of the day, things go in slow motion. This holds true unless you’re running after a train; then it’s slow motion, followed by regular motion. So, #4 should read “At the end of the day, or in the next-to-last part of the end of the day …”
- You have a strange relationship with a parent or parental figure. Especially if the strange relationship involves #1.
If more than 3 1/2 of these things describe you, smile, crank up your music, and slow down … your life, though crazy, is pretty good fodder for the rest of us.
Your life not a Wes Anderson film? Maybe you’re in a Coen Brothers movie