5 Life Lessons from Wes Anderson

By Noah Kaufman |

Wes Anderson’s latest movie The Grand Budapest Hotel opens tomorrow, promising stories of love, murder, and the weird relationship between a concierge and his lobby boy. Trailer above. We've seen all of Anderson’s films (yes, even the weird short that was some kind of prequel to The Darjeeling Limited) and have never walked away without learning something special about ourselves, other people, and the importance of interesting title sequences. Here are some of the key takeaways from the master of the quirky, slightly faded adventure.

It’s important to have hobbies.

Even if you're bad at them like Max Fischer.

Always leave a note, even if you live on a tiny island.

This is not to be confused with other note leaving policies.

Honesty is the best policy. Right Luke Wilson in Bottle Rocket?

You don’t have to answer any questions about water sports if you don’t want to.

Respect people’s differences. He might be stop motion animated but he's still got feelings Clooney.

Especially when it comes to food.

The Life Aquatic is not everyone's idea of a perfect movie, but it did remind us to make time for our fans. Even the old ones. Especially the old ones.

A little pretend kindness can go a long way.

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