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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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Young Margot Tenenbaum (as Irene Gorovaia)
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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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Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los excéntricos Tenenbaums  »

Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$52,353,636 (USA) (14 June 2002)
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2.35 : 1
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Gene Hackman mentioned in interviews that he was somewhat hesitant to accept the part, as he felt that he himself had been insensitive to his own family at different points in his life. He asked them if they would find him playing this character uncomfortable for their own sake. They all agreed he should accept the part. See more »

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When Etheline visits Margot in the bathroom the cord securing the portable TV at the foot of the bath is sometimes across the front of the screen, sometimes not. 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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Spoofs The Conversation (1974) 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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'Quirky' Seems To Be The Most Popular Word To Describe This
24 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a quirky film that surprised me, in that I liked it....at least twice. By the third viewing, I had enough but I got my money's worth out of it. That's what I would recommend with this movie: rent it before considering buying it. It's very different, and you might love but also might hate it.

What it is, simply, is a portrait of a very dysfunctional family and the father trying to re-connect with his kids after a long absence. Gene Hackman is the father, Angelica Huston the mother and the wacko kids - and other assorted strange characters - are played by Ben Stiller, Owen and Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Bill Murray and Danny Glover.

This is mostly dry, dark humor with some funny lines delivered in deadpan style. Nobody is particularly likable but - with the possible exception of Paltrow's character - are not really unlikeable either. They are just strange.

I enjoyed viewing the house with all its colors. For those who appreciate low-key absurd humor nd some pleasing visuals, you should like this film and I certainly recommend giving it a look.


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