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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill.

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Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family. Written by MonkeyKingMA

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Family Isn't A Word... It's A Sentence. See more »

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Rated R for some language, sexuality/nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

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4 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los excéntricos Tenenbaums  »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

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$276,981 (USA) (14 December 2001)

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$52,353,636 (USA) (14 June 2002)
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Scenes aboard the ocean liner, in which Richie Tenenbaum (Luke Wilson) resides, were filmed aboard the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy training vessel "Kings Pointer," based in Kings Point, Long Island, New York. See more »

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When Richie is in the bathroom trying to kill himself, we see him cutting his hair and shaving. As he cuts his veins, we see he did not finish cutting his hair fit or shave completely. When he wakes up in the hospital, his head and facial hair are fully shaved. See more »

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Narrator: Royal Tenenbaum bought the house on Archer Avenue in the winter of his 35th year. Over the next decade, he and his wife had three children, and then they separated.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Christmas Time Is Here
Written by Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelson
Published by Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Inc.
Performed by The Vince Guaraldi Trio (as Vince Guaraldi Trio)
Courtesy of Fantasy Inc.
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What's the big deal?
21 July 2002 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Like Anderson's previous work "Rushmore", "Tenenbaums" got tons of hype, and raves as being "groundbreaking" and "brilliant".

I can't really see what the fuss is about. As a comedy, Tenenbaums simply didn't make me laugh. At all. I didn't even know what I was supposed to laugh at.

As a drama, the story was mildly interesting. The characters were pretty flat, though, and really didn't do anything to make care a bit what happened to them.

Great actors, especially the always great Huston, and Luke Wilson had some moments. Gwenyth Paltrow has depth, but again, in this film her character seemed one-dimensional.

All I can guess, is that like the music of Tenacious D, and the films of Guy Ritchie, the hipsters amongst us have decided that Wes Anderson is cool, and his material is vague enough that these people can claim that there's more going on than actually is.

There isn't. Zoolander is 10 times the comedy this thing is. I'm giving it a 4 to offset the dopes that gave it a 10. 6 is probably more fair.


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