December 25, 2004
Genre(s): Adventure, Comedy, Drama
After his best friend is eaten by a "Jaguar shark," oceanographer Steve Zissou is determined to discover this creature and make it the center of his next documentary. After assembling a ragtag team including a singing safety expert, a horde of unpaid college interns, a Southern financial backer named Ned Plimpton, and a pregnant reporter named Jane Winslett-Richardson. A rivalry soon forms between Steve and Ned for Jane's affections, and a smaller rivalry forms between Klaus, the second in command, and Ned. Their journey to find the Jaguar shark is plagued by disaster: pirate attacks, helicopter crashes, crew desertions and even deaths. As it begins to seem less and less likely that Zissou will ever find the Jaguar shark, he slowly loses his sense of self.