It's 1965, the rainy end of summer on the rocky coast of a fictional New England isle. Twelve-year-old Sam (Jared Gilman), a scrawny, bespectacled outcast with an unusual aptitude for cartography, disappears from the Khaki Scout camp, absconding with a couple of bedrolls and an air rifle, and leaving behind a "resignation" letter for scoutmaster Randy Ward (Edward Norton) to find. Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward)—a just-pubescent bad seed straddling the line between innocence and sexual precocity in a minidress paired with kneesocks and "Sunday-school shoes" —disappears from her own dollhouse-like home, her self-absorbed, distracted lawyer parents Laura (Frances McDormand) and Walt (Bill Murray) initially none the wiser. Soon enough, the law of the island, Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis), knocks on Laura and Walt's door while making the rounds in search of Sam, and Laura finds a box of "intimate" correspondence between the two kids—who met once, the summer before—suggesting they have run away together. Aided by what remains of Ward's troop ("It's a chance to do some first-class scouting!"), the grown-ups mobilize to find the fugitive young lovers and bring them back to safety—thereby wrecking Sam and Suzy's... More >>>
Poised for adventure: Murray, McDormand, Willis, et al.