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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

R  |   |  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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Young Margot Tenenbaum (as Irene Gorovaia)


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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Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los excéntricos Tenenbaums  »

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$52,353,636 (USA) (14 June 2002)

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[first lines]
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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Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Ram's Horn Music
Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Beauty found in comic places
24 January 2005 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

The Royal Tenenbaums, to put it shortly, is a weird movie. It is the story of a family longing for its heyday to return. It is the story of a man who wants to be accepted. It is a story of redemption, filled with small epiphanies and smaller details that make for excellent viewing. It takes delight in showcasing its brilliant characterizations and depictions of social oddities. Many will find it hard to relate to such strangers and therefore decline to revel in this film's cinematic glory. We can pity them.

Those that enjoy Wes Anderson's films can be put into two categories. There are those that simply find them to be quirky joyrides and laugh them off as such. Then there are those who recognize the loneliness in all of the characters Wes Anderson writes - it is this sense of loneliness that Wes Anderson, as a storyteller, brings to the screen. It is this sense of loneliness that makes Wes Anderson one of the most visionary filmmakers out there today.

The Royal Tenenbaums is an altogether thrilling experience. It is epic, filled with pageantry. Though categorized as a comedy, at times it seems darker then typical black comedies - a drama, or even a triumphant tragedy of life's unrealized outcasts. As Margot Tenenbaum (Gwenyth Paltrow) says in one of the last scenes: "Well, I'm sure he'll get over it." The Royal Tenenbaums is a rejoicing in the human spirit's reluctant but continuous march forward.

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