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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…
Max Fischer is a nasty little shit. Good thing he's a funny little shit, too.
A few thoughts: For some reason I didn't have this marked as watched - maybe because I was actually smart enough to realize I hadn't offered it my full attention the first time around. Huge mistake (the not-paying-attention part). Murray, as funny as he and his character are, feels a bit wobbly here, as if he's still attuning himself with Anderson's sense of humor (or the other way around). Though leaps and bounds more 'Andersonian' than Bottle Rocket in terms of aesthetic, it feels like the filming schedule for outdoor shoots was determined only to occur on the most overcast, dreary days possible. Very grey.…
"How long will you be staying with us sir?
Indefinitely. I'm being sued for divorce.
Very good sir."
Love at first Wes. It's been far too long since I've revisited Rushmore. Dry yet quirky it's the perfect comedy combination. Probably my favourite Bill Murray role ever.
I've always been amazed how quickly Anderson found his voice and ran with it.
An exquisite comedy drama from director Wes Anderson.
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This is where Anderson really got into his rhythm. Bottle Rocket was admittedly a little mellow; the characters were petty criminals but it felt like we were being pushed to like them, to embrace their endearing qualities. Here, Anderson toes the line ever so closely with Max Fischer, the 15 year old subversion of the teacher's pet who is one of the worse students at Rushmore Academy, but gets an A+ for extracurricular activities. He's a bit of a pompous asshole but he thinks he's god's gift to the private school; "We don't offer it yet," he so quick-wittedly corrects the headmaster. He didn't gain acceptance at the prestigious academy because of academic success, but because he wrote a "little…
Wes Anderson's worst film, and yet it is still amazing. 3.5/5.
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Another great story by Wes Aderson. Rushmore was simply epic!
High school ambition carries and stays understandable. Tracy Flick from Election stills comes up as a comparison point for the petty, the small, the vicious, the ultimately successful politicians of the world. In a similar way, Max Fischer’s disproportionately detailed productions in Rushmore spring to mind often when there’s some disparity between the level of skill or commitment among performers and the depth of design details throughout. Strangely, I’ve never felt tempted to draw parallels between Fischer and Wes Anderson, the new king of forefronted production design. Though there’s no doubt something personal to this story of a fledgeling creator, Fischer’s always seemed his own man more than anyone’s tool or stand-in.
Fischer certainly is a fledgeling. The teenage scholarship…
The difference between Rushmore and Bottle Rocket is a huge jump forward. Diving deeper into an aesthetic that would only continue to blossom, Anderson reveals a deft hand at deadpan deliveries and a eye for comedic composition and blocking. He would continue down this path until it reached it's zenith with The Grand Budapest Hotel, but it starts here with Max's school plays and the inserts of his many extracurricular activities.
The long collaboration with Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman begins here too. Each perfectly suited to their roles. Their rivalry/friendship one of many varieties of Anderson father/son relationships.
The final shot is just gorgeous.
"I saved Latin, what’d you ever do?”
Rushmore is definitive proof that Wes Anderon is capable of producing some serious substance beneath his distinctive and unique style. For all the whimsical humour and dry and straight-faced humour that is featured in all of the director's films, his second feature-length film also succeeds on an emotional level that makes it a balanced, funny and ultimately moving slice of cinema.
The film is named after the private school in which the film is set, and its protagonist is the precocious Max Fischer - a 15-year-old student who is incredibly involved in multiple extracurricular activities, ranging from being the vice-president of the stamp and coin club to being the founder of the astronomy…
3rd best anderson movie
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