editor’s pick: the life aquatic

team zissou forever.

by steff yotka

The Life Aquatic

with Steve Zissou didn't sink in with me the first time I saw it. Or the second. As a lifelong Wes Anderson fangirl, I thought all Anderson's films would just gel with me from the title credits and that I would inherently love them. But for some reason I couldn't wrap my heart around

The Life Aquatic

for a long, long time. I'm going to blame it on the male-dominated plot (I know

The Darjeeling Limited

is a mostly male movie, but I find those dudes to be


more relatable and compassionate than Steve Zissou), general dicky attitude of the protagonists, and sort of all over the place plot. But after re-watching the movie a couple of times, I've learned to love it because of the life lessons one can learn. (Like a revenge mission might not always be a good idea.)

So get ready to learn how to be a proper member of Team Zissou while you rock out in this truly radical

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Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I'm going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome."

LESSON: This is how to handle the stress of the holidays. Go on a bender. Detox for ten days. And then kick the new year in the butt.


Don't point that gun at him, he's an unpaid intern."

LESSON: Treat interns nicely, they're working for free!


Supposedly Cousteau and his cronies invented the idea of putting walkie-talkies into the helmet. But we made ours with a special rabbit ear on the top so we could pipe in some music."

LESSON: A little music is always a good idea to help you relax.


What are you doing? Go to bed, you sons of bitches!"

LESSON: Enforcing a regular bedtime is useful for setting a schedule. 


Do you mind if I butter you up a little before I answer that question?"

LESSON: Cloak constructive criticism in compliments for the best results. 


Well, I was a little upset at first. I mean, obviously people are going to think I'm a showboat, and a little bit of a prick. But then I thought... that's me. I said those things, I did those things. I can live with that. You're a good writer, Jane."

LESSON: Be true to thy self, and to thine own self be true.


"If you're not against me, don't cross this line! If yes, do."

LESSON: Never ask people to cross a line, because they'll always cross it.


Are you finding what you were looking for... out here with me? I hope so."

LESSON: It's always a good idea to check in with your peers to make sure your missions are going well and everyone is satisfied.


Sorry about that. You caught me with one foot off the merry-go-round tonight."

LESSON: Keep both feet on the merry-go-round. Seriously.


I'll order you a red hat and a bikini."

LESSON: Matching holiday presents are the best kinds of presents.