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The Royal Tenenbaums


Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow View All


Wes Anderson (Director), Wes Anderson (Writer), Owen Wilson (Writer) View All

Released: Oct. 5th, 2001
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he has a terminal illness.
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I'm not the biggest fan of Rushmore I found it boring and the lead character just rubbed me the wrong way, so much to my surprise I ended up loving Anderson's next film, The Royal Tenenbaums.
Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his estranged wife, Ethilene (Anjelica Huston) raised three children together who all turned out to be different kinds of child prodigies: Chas (Ben Stiller) was a child financial wiz who is now raising twin sons and has never really gotten over the death of their mother; adopted daughter, Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a professional playwright by the time she was 12, is now married to an older psychiatrist (Bill Murray) and lays around in the bathtub all day watching TV; Richie (Luke Wilson) was a teenage tennis champ who cracked up on the court one day, hasn't played since and now claims to be in love with Margot, as is his childhood friend, Eli (Owen Wilson).
This film genre is not usually very interesting to me, but Wes Anderson stylized and bittersweet comedy offered me moments of pleasure and was music for my eyes (and ears), the only thing that I didn't care for was the story itself, Wes style and writing works very well to develop these humorous family tales, but it still seemed redundant to me, perhaps a good platform of cinematic experimentation for those starting out.