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Max Fischer, a precocious and eccentric 15 year-old, who is both Rushmore's most extracurricular and least scholarly student; Herman Blume, a disillusioned industrialist who comes to admire Max; and Rosemary Cross, a widowed first grade teacher who becomes the object of both Max's and Herman's affection.
Dirk Calloway is really the only one here with a decent head on his shoulders.
Probably the movie I've seen more than any other, and it still reduces me to a soggy lump by the ending every single time. Wes Anderson's funniest, sharpest, most deeply-felt film, this indelible portrait of a true American dreamer resonates across all boundaries and transcends, even now, its retrospectively-familiar exquisitely composed visuals and snappy soundtrack. Whatever your opinion of later Anderson stuff (I'm wishy-washy on some of it myself), Rushmore's unique magic is irresistible.
I find that the older the Wes Anderson film, the easier it is to review...
This was a time where Anderson's warm and vibrant art style that almost made his film look like plays had yet to develop itself. The Royal Tenenbaums was the best mix of style and substance where Moonrise Kingdom was a little too much quirk and colors for its own good. I had an awful time trying to review both of those because it was hard to pinpoint exactly what I loved with Tenenbaums and what I hated with Moonrise without sounding too generalized or short. I just simply liked one and disliked the other. It was very hard to express why, but I still felt…
This is probably one of the few films I enjoy that I have a strong personal history with. A complicated history that makes me feel unreasonably attached to the film. Most movies I liked when I was younger I rewatch and don't like. I don't have a lot of respect for my taste as a youth, especially as a teenager. This is a film that I have liked, more or less, ever since I saw it. I loved it as a teenager when I first saw it (I think it was the first Criterion DVD I ever purchased), I liked it just fine in my early-to-mid twenties (even as my viewing of The Life Aquatic caused me to question Anderson…
"The secret, I don't know... I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life. For me, it's going to Rushmore."
The Royal Tenenbaums has always been my favorite Wes Anderson movie and I always thought it was because it was the first one of his that I had seen, but it can officially move over now because I have a new favorite: Rushmore. This film was so charming, the soundtrack so cool, and the characters so well developed that I was completely in love with it once the credits started rolling. Not only is it my favorite Wes Anderson film, but it also belongs on my all time…
Watched for the first time with the 13-year-old. Strikes me that an underrated quality of Anderson's work is the casual diversity of the supporting casts. Also, it won't be easy, but I will be voting for Wes over the Coens in Filmspotting Madness.
this movie made me cry wtf is wrong with me
Love this film! Max is a great hero with tons of flaws. He's great to root for and even better to mimic. Wes Anderson's finest in my humble opinion.
I have yet to watch a Wes Anderson movie and not love it.
This man is actually a cinema genius, and I am proud to be living in his generation. It shows that great film-makers don't always have to be old one such as Stanley Kubrick, or Francis Ford Coppola.
What a unique style this guy has.
the first time i watched Rushmore I either didn't need it or I didn't realise how much I needed it.
Wes's work is so surreal and covers such minuscule detail it's tricky to believe that anyone could not find at least a fraction of themselves within his films. They're like recalling sad but life affirming memories, melancholy moments that you're so grateful for.
Rushmore left me teary eyed, the ending's unashamed optimism in the face of these lost characters struck personal notes and made me feel so grateful for the wonderful and beautiful people I surround myself with and love.
It's easy to recognize Bill Murray when watching his films. Not here. Rewatching Rushmore again, I can honestly say that I didn't recognize Bill Murray. All I could see was Shermon Blume. Same goes to Jason Schwartzman; I only saw Max Fischer in this film, not the actor playing him. I point this out because up until now, I cannot say that I've ever seen an actor get lost in the role; I always knew that it was an actor playing a character. Now I can safely say that I've seen a film where not one, not two, but the entire cast get lost in their roles. That's not uncommon for a Wes Anderson film, but it took me awhile to realize this.
At least the annoying kid Max directed a play of the far superior film "Serpico", I'll give him that credit.
Switched over from Mr. Right, and this perfectly changed gears for me with that Bill Murray pool scene. Rushmore is a fantastic film to settle into unannounced - with its quirk, comedy, heart, and masterfully shifting tone.
This film for me suffers from so many people placing it at the top of their Wes Anderson lists. I think I unfairly criticize it against that claim rather than on its own merits. On its own characters like Max, Herman, Dirk and Margaret are like having old friends over - watching them again gives the same feelings as when old friends maybe repeat a story from the past... It's the same thing but it feels good experiencing it again.
However when stacked…
Wes Anderson's sophomore film is a delight to watch from start to finish, with traces of what Anderson will become later on in his career the film may not be as visually pleasing as Fantastic Mr. Fox or The Grand Budapest Hotel but still is far from mundanity. Jason Schwartzman in his feature film debut had me captivated from start to finish. I was thoroughly surprised by his performance he doesn't overshadow his co-stars Bill Murray and Olivia Williams, they play both of their characters beautifully. The story has its falters but the pros far outweigh the cons. The few nuisances don't distract from this story of being an outsider and conforming to society's norms.
***This is my first review, please critique as you wish (preferably constructive criticism)
I hadn't watched this in over a decade, since I was 21, I think, and it struck me then, as it does (somewhat surprisingly) now that it seems even more lovely and bittersweet with each viewing.
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