2001   USA The Royal Tenenbaums
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Director:Wes Anderson
Studio:Walt Disney Video
Writer:Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
IMDb Rating:7.6 (94,573 votes)
Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 27 nominations
Duration:110 min
Wes Anderson  ...  (Director)
Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson  ...  (Writer)
Aram Aslanian-Persico  ...  Young Chas Tenenbaum
Alec Baldwin  ...  Narrator (voice)
Seymour Cassel  ...  Dusty
James Fitzgerald (II)  ...  
Danny Glover  ...  Henry Sherman
Gene Hackman  ...  Royal Tenenbaum
Anjelica Huston  ...  Etheline Tenenbaum
Ben Stiller  ...  Chas Tenenbaum
Gwyneth Paltrow  ...  Margot Tenenbaum
Luke Wilson  ...  Richie Tenenbaum
Owen Wilson  ...  Eli Cash
Bill Murray  ...  Raleigh St. Clair
Kumar Pallana  ...  Pagoda
Grant Rosenmeyer  ...  Ari Tenenbaum
Jonah Meyerson  ...  Uzi Tenenbaum
Irene Gorovaia  ...  Young Margot Tenenbaum
Robert D. Yeoman  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: 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

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