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The Royal Tenenbaums (5-Oct-2001)

Director: Wes Anderson

Writers: Wes Anderson; Owen Wilson

Keywords: Drama, Comedy, Adoption, Mice, Divorce, Wedding

Three grown prodigies and their mother strap in for a wild family reunion when their long-estranged father re-enters the picture.

ABSTRACT
Math whiz Chas Tenenbaum, tennis prodigy Richie, and adopted sister/painter Margot maintain strong relationships with mother Etheline, each experiencing a post-success slump in their respective lives as they spend time contemplating their next moves. Etheline's plans to marry longtime personal accountant Henry Sherman following his proposal to her bring estranged husband and absent black-sheep patriarch Royal back into the picture, determined to win back his love and the affections of his resentful offspring through an elaborate plan to fake a terminal diagnosis of stomach cancer.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Alec Baldwin
Actor
3-Apr-1958   A Baldwin Brother
Seymour Cassel
Actor
22-Jan-1935   Faces
Danny Glover
Actor
22-Jul-1946   Lethal Weapon
Gene Hackman
Actor
30-Jan-1930   The Conversation
Anjelica Huston
Actor
8-Jul-1951   The Grifters
Bill Murray
Actor
21-Sep-1950   Meatballs, SNL alumnus
Gwyneth Paltrow
Actor
27-Sep-1972   Shakespeare in Love
Ben Stiller
Actor
30-Nov-1965   There's Something About Mary
Andrew Wilson
Actor
22-Aug-1964   Actor brother of Luke and Owen
Luke Wilson
Actor
21-Sep-1971   Owen Wilson's handsome brother
Owen Wilson
Actor
18-Nov-1968   Zoolander

REVIEWS

Review by Michael Lesch (posted on 5-Oct-2010)

Packed with some solid stars (both comedic and straight-laced), 'The Royal Tenenbaums' is a delightful and much slanted look at the coessential dysfunctional family that could be from Anywhere, USA. Well, actually it could be from anywhere in the galaxy as you may not come across a more strange slew of characters in one place anywhere on God's green earth. For openers, Gene Hackman plays a hysterical deadbeat dad who had been alienated by the rest of his bizarre family for ignorance to them and vulgarity to others which can include even us the audience. Yet at the same time the viewer will be sympathetic to him and his mischievous routine and rebellious nature given his sly warmheartedness and charm. The trio of the children's life stories (wild and wholly tales portrayed in retrospect and real-time by Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow & Luke Wilson) surround this rude and complex father shortcomings in spectacular fashion while combative yet dignified mom played by Angelica Houston is a steady presence amongst the chaos. Owen Wilson and Bill Murray round out the supporting cast for this fun-filled comedy. It's a good idea to screen early Anderson efforts like Rushmore and/or Bottle Rocket to prep for the amount of quirkiness thrown at you in this romp but designed to even challenge the zaniest of viewers on its own.


Review by Michael Lesch (posted on 12-Oct-2010)

Packed with some solid stars (both comedic and straight-laced), 'The Royal Tenenbaums' is a delightful and much slanted look at the coessential dysfunctional family that could be from Anywhere, USA. Well, actually it could be from anywhere in the galaxy as you may not come across a more strange slew of characters in one place anywhere on God's green earth. For openers, Gene Hackman plays a hysterical deadbeat dad who had been alienated by the rest of his bizarre family for ignorance to them and vulgarity to others which can include even us the audience. Yet at the same time the viewer will be sympathetic to him and his mischievous routine and rebellious nature given his sly warmheartedness and charm. The trio of the children's life stories (wild and wholly tales portrayed in retrospect and real-time by Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow & Luke Wilson) surround this rude and complex father shortcomings in spectacular fashion while combative yet dignified mom played by Angelica Houston is a steady presence amongst the chaos. Owen Wilson and Bill Murray round out the supporting cast for this fun-filled comedy. It's a good idea to screen early Anderson efforts like Rushmore and/or Bottle Rocket to prep for the amount of quirkiness thrown at you in this romp but designed to even challenge the zaniest of viewers on its own.


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