In a fitting follow-up to Rushmore, writer-director Wes Anderson and cowriter-actor Owen Wilson have crafted another comedic masterwork that ripples with inventive, richly emotional substance. Because of the all-star cast, hilarious dialogue, and oddball characters existing in their own, wholly original universe, it's easy to miss the depth and complexity of Anderson's brand of comedy. Here, it revolves around Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman), the errant patriarch of a dysfunctional family of geniuses, including precocious playwright Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), boyish financier and grieving widower Chas (Ben Stiller), and has-been tennis pro Richie (Luke Wilson). All were raised with supportive detachment by mother Etheline (Anjelica Huston), and all ache profoundly for a togetherness they never really had. The Tenenbaums reconcile somehow, but only after Anderson and Wilson (who costars as a loopy literary celebrity) put them through a compassionate series of quirky confrontations and rekindled affections. Not for every taste, but this is brilliant work from any perspective. --Jeff Shannon
Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston) had three children--Chas Richie and Margot and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of fifty thousand dollars in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal failure and disaster. The Criterion Collection is proud to present Wes Anderson's hilarious touching and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption. Other Information: Starring: Danny Glover Gene Hackman Anjelica Huston Bill Murray Gwyneth Paltrow Ben Stiller Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson.Directed By: Wes Anderson.Running Time: 110 Min. Color.This film is presented in "Widescreen" format.Copyright 2002 Buena Vista Home Video.Format: DVD MOVIE
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