Our story opens with a young Khaki Scout by the name of Sam (Jared Gilman) watching a play and being somewhat bored so he walks off. As he continues to look over all the areas that are staging for the kids in the play he runs into a very strange young girl by the name of Suzy (Kara Hayward). Now Suzy passes on her address to Sam and the two start writing each other as pen pals. Normally this would be nothing unusual but our two children are not ordinary.
Suzy comes from the very dysfunctional family of Mr and Mrs. Bishop (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand). The two live in the same house but actually live separate lives. Suzy has a tendency to be very angry at times and is always getting into trouble.
Sam on the other hand is an orphan. His parents are dead and he has been living with a foster family that is wanting to get rid of him. It’s not that he gets into trouble deliberately but somehow trouble just seems to find him.
Now one day about a year later, while out camping on an Island off New England the two children devise a plan to run off together. Now, this 1965 and technology is not all that it should be. When it’s noticed that Sam has run off the scout master by the name of Ward (Edward Norton) gets in touch with Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) of the island’s police force. Between the two men they form a party to go search for the boy. The Bishops notice that their daughter has run off and they are able deduce that the two youths are together.
Sam and Suzy elude the search party for about two days but in that time the two kids realize that they really like each other. Once captured Suzy is returned to her parents, but the question is what happens to Sam. As his foster parents don’t want him back, the state could take custody. The situation becomes like this because Sam has been a problem for Social Services and they want to do Electroshock therapy on the boy. This being unacceptable to the powers that be the two children find out that they actually have friends after all. The rest of the story is up to you to experience, but I will say this, you’ll like the ending.
Director Wes Anderson has put together a great story about adolescence and the coming of age of youth. The story shows how people can be misunderstood, but when looked at properly a person can see how they were wrong with their assumptions. It’s a quirky little comedy but I think you will enjoy this touching tale