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Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children, and then they separated. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster, most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. The story of a family of geniuses sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.
Drama Comedy - If you enjoyed the warped humor of Wes Anderson's previous films
Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, this film should be up
your alley. Young adults are more likely to enjoy than older ones,
and adult subject matter makes the film not suitable for children.
PROFANITY: Occasional use of strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Some brief sex-related nudity. VIOLENCE: A stabbing; a bloody wrist-slashing. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Lots of verbal and physical comedy.
"...movie probably has limited box office potential - it's a little
too quirky for mainstream America. For those who enjoy skewed, deadpan
humor, The Royal Tenenbaums has enough to sate the appetite. There
are no flatulence jokes and little in the way of physical humor. The tone is
dark, not feather-light, and the thinking viewer will definitely derive more
from this movie than the one who approaches it mindlessly.''
Above Average "The film grows
on you, but more substance and less calculated quirks would have been a royal
treat. Hackman, as the reprehensible Royal, is a delight to watch as he
demonstrates how to shoplift, jaywalk in traffic and throw things at cars.''
Above Average "The
self-consciously loopy plot is mostly a showcase for the cast, and Hackman and
Houston easily outshine the younger actors: Stiller's sputtering rage, Paltrow's
goth-deb anomie and the Wilsons' goofy antics are entertaining, but they're
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
I don't believe I've ever seen opinions as varied as these. A few rated it "Fantastic" and about an equal number rated it "Terrible." Being so mixed they don't give me any indication of who might enjoy this movie. From the comments made, I would say this movie is only for those who enjoy very strange and quirky stories.
Royal Tenenbaum (GENE HACKMAN) and his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston) had
three children, Chas (Ben Stiller), Rickie (Luke Wilson), and Margot (Gwyneth
Paltrow), and then they separated. Chas started buying real estate in his early
teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international
finance. Margot was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of fifty
thousand dollars in the ninth grade. Richie 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 of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and
disaster, most of this was generally
considered to be their father's fault. The family of geniuses is suddenly, unexpectedly