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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  4 January 2002 (USA)
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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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Comedy | Drama

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

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Also Known As:

Los excéntricos Tenenbaums  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$59,632 (Sweden) (22 March 2002)

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$52,353,636 (USA) (14 June 2002)
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The spots on the dalmatian mice were created using a Sharpie pen. See more »

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The large snowflakes that settle on Royal when he is kicked out of the house disappear and reappear between shots (it is not consistent with their melting and being replaced by fresh ones). 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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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Fairest Of The Seasons
Written by Jackson Browne and Greg Copeland
Published by Open Window Music
Performed by Nico
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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hilariously freaky, yet heartrendingly poignant
6 September 2004 | by (MI) – See all my reviews

I've watched The Royal Tennenbaums 3 times so far and just ordered the DVD. How can you beat the cast, the plot, and the humanity of this film?

I dare you to find a better cast than Gene Hackman, Angelica Huston, Danny Glover, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and the rest of the crew.

The chemistry between them works magic on the screen.

Without giving away too much of the plot, it revolves around the family of Royal Tennenbaum, a lovable rascal whose family hasn't forgiven him for transgressions of the past. When his estranged wife decides she may want to remarry, the games begin -- and oh what fun games they are. You have to laugh.

Emotionally speaking, you will feel like you're riding a roller-coaster with no dead space. If you are into quirky characters, intelligent humor, and aren't afraid to stare painful aspects of human nature eye to eye, you will love The Royal Tennenbaums.


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