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Writers (WGA):
Wes Anderson (written by) &
Owen Wilson (written by)
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Release Date:
4 January 2002 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Family Isn't A Word... It's A Sentence. See more »
Plot:
An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 39 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Hilariously tragic" is a great way to describe this outstanding, quirky comedy. See more (955 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Gene Hackman ... Royal Tenenbaum

Anjelica Huston ... Etheline Tenenbaum

Ben Stiller ... Chas Tenenbaum

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Margot Tenenbaum

Luke Wilson ... Richie Tenenbaum

Owen Wilson ... Eli Cash

Bill Murray ... Raleigh St. Clair

Danny Glover ... Henry Sherman

Seymour Cassel ... Dusty

Kumar Pallana ... Pagoda

Alec Baldwin ... Narrator (voice)

Grant Rosenmeyer ... Ari Tenenbaum

Jonah Meyerson ... Uzi Tenenbaum
Aram Aslanian-Persico ... Young Chas Tenenbaum

Irina Gorovaia ... Young Margot Tenenbaum (as Irene Gorovaia)
Amedeo Turturro ... Young Richie Tenenbaum
Stephen Lea Sheppard ... Dudley Heinsbergen
James Fitzgerald ... Young Eli Cash

Larry Pine ... Peter Bradley
Don McKinnon ... Detective

Frank Wood ... Hotel Manager

Al Thompson ... Walter Sherman
Jennifer Wachtell ... Rachael Tenenbaum

Donal Lardner Ward ... Hotel Clerk (as Donal Ward)

Andrew Wilson ... Farmer Father / Tex Hayward
Dipak Pallana ... Doctor
Sanjay Mathew ... Sanjay Gandhi

Mary Wigmore ... Chas' Secretary
Sonam Wangmo ... Sing-Sang
Gita Gabriel ... Facialist
Pawel Wdowczak ... Neville Smythe-Dorleac
Peter Leung ... Yasuo Oshima
William Sturgis ... Franklin Benedict

Liam Craig ... Reporter in Blue Cardigan
Sheelagh Tellerday ... Eli's Aunt

Max Faugno ... Cote d'Ivoire Attendant
Guido Venitucci ... Cote d'Ivoire Radio Operator

Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Frederick - Bellboy
Brian Smiar ... Elderly 'Baumer' Fan #1
Jan Austell ... Elderly 'Baumer' Fan #2 (as Jan V.E. Austell)
Rony Clanton ... Cemetery Maintenance Man
Salim Malik ... Anwar
Tom Lacy ... Judge
Keith Charles ... Royal's Lawyer
Greg Goossen ... Gypsy Cab Driver (as Greg Goosen)

Saidah Arrika Ekulona ... Nurse (as Sadiah Arrika Ekulona)
Vic Mata ... Sanchez
Michael J. Conti ... Irish Longshoreman (as Michael Conti)
Tatiana Abbey ... Parisian Girl

Kalani Queypo ... New Guinea Tribesman
Mel Cannon ... Punk Rocker
Leo Manuelian ... Eli's Egyptian Friend
Amir Raissi ... Eli's Egyptian Friend
Roger Shamas ... Eli's Egyptian Friend
Philip Denning ... Father Petersen

Gary Evans ... Police Officer
Rex Robbins ... Mr. Levinson
Nova Landaeus-Skinnar ... Elaine Levinson
Sam Hoffman ... Paramedic
Brian Tenenbaum ... Paramedic
Stephen Dignan ... Paramedic

Eric Chase Anderson ... Medical Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wes Anderson ... Tennis Match Commentator #1 (voice) (uncredited)
Tomm Bauer ... Tennis Ball Boy (uncredited)
Ray Castellanos ... Grocery Clerk (uncredited)

Sarah Chaney ... Number 1 Fan (uncredited)

Blaze Kelly Coyle ... Tennis Socialite (uncredited)

Michael Cuomo ... Tennis Fan (uncredited)

Ben Dasaro ... Tennis Tournament Director (uncredited)
Dimitri DeFresco ... Archeology Student (uncredited)
Sherrie Fell ... Secratary (uncredited)

Daniel Koenig ... Tennis Fan (uncredited)

Elizabeth Logan ... Tennis Fan (uncredited)

Rebeca Martinez ... Reporter (uncredited)
Seth Michael May ... Archeologist (uncredited)
Lian Moy ... Patron (uncredited)

Kevin Kean Murphy ... Archaeologist (uncredited)

Alem Brhan Sapp ... Desmond (uncredited)

Kaipo Schwab ... Polynesian Chief (uncredited)

Directed by
Wes Anderson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Wes Anderson (written by) &
Owen Wilson (written by)

Produced by
Wes Anderson .... producer
Barry Mendel .... producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
Rudd Simmons .... executive producer
Will Sweeney .... associate producer
Owen Wilson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
 
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman (director of photography) (as Robert Yeoman)
 
Film Editing by
Dylan Tichenor 
 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel 
 
Production Design by
David Wasco 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Sprague 
 
Costume Design by
Karen Patch 
 
Makeup Department
Kashka Banjoko .... hair stylist: Danny Glover
Kate Biscoe .... key makeup artist
Judy Chin .... makeup artist
Jerry DeCarlo .... key hair stylist (as Jerrold DeCarlo)
Naomi Donne .... makeup designer
Marie-Ange Ripka .... hair designer
Martel Thompson .... makeup artist
Christine Domaniecki .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Francie Fillatti .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Denise Pinckley .... unit production manager
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Hoffman .... first assistant director
Michelle L. Keiser .... second assistant director
Kathryn-Ann Oaks Shertzer .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph Alfieri .... carpenter (as Joe A. Alfieri Jr.)
Mark Bachman .... graphic artist
Avery S. Brandon .... scenic painter (as Avery Brandon)
Dalia Burde .... art department assistant
Miguel Calderon .... artist: paintings at Eli Cash's
Shannon Canfield .... on-set dresser
Carolyn Cartwright .... set decorator: New York
John S. Coda .... construction foreman
Justin Corbett .... construction grip
Robert de Mar .... set dresser (as Robert A. de Mar III)
Phil Devonshire .... shop electrician (as Philip Devonshire)
Amy Dholakia-Jorand .... industrial scenic (as Amy S. Dholakia)
Kenneth T. Engels .... key construction grip
Laura G. Gillen .... scenic painter (as Laura Gillen)
Hugo Guinness .... artist: paintings at Eli Cash's (as Hugo Guiness)
Peter Hackman .... scenic foreman (as Peter G. Hackman)
Sandy Hamilton .... property master
Julia G. Hickman .... art department administrator
Doug Huszti .... assistant art director (as Douglas A. Huszti)
Bill Kolpin .... greensman (as William J. Kolpin)
George Kousoulides .... scenic artist
George Kousoulides .... scenic painter
Diane J. Laurienzo .... scenic shop manager (as Diane Laurienzo)
Alexandra Mazur .... assistant set decorator
Sarah E. McMillan .... set dresser (as Sarah E. McMillian)
Kevin Melarkey .... set dresser
Mike Melchiove .... carpenter (as Mike Melchiorre)
Kris Moran .... assistant property master (as Kristine Moran)
Gerard Morrone .... set dresser
Thomas Nousias .... scenic shop manager
Elliott Puckette .... artist: paintings at Eli Cash's (as Eliot Puckette)
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco .... key set decorator (as Sandy Reynolds Wasco)
Jon Ringbom .... charge scenic
Scott Rosenstock .... leadman
Tom Sarr .... model maker
Will Scheck .... greensman
Adam Scher .... assistant art director
Mark Simon .... set dresser
Julie Sloan .... scenic painter (as Julie Sloane)
Nell Stifel .... camera scenic artist
Peiran Teng .... portrait artist
Jonathan Tessler .... props
Irapaul Turner .... shop coordinator (as Ira Paul Turner)
Gary Wattson .... set dresser
Thomas White .... construction coordinator (as Tom White)
Joan Winters .... graphic design
Daniel Woods .... construction grip
Gillian Albinski .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tony Gardner .... specialty props (uncredited)
Douglas G. Young .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... sound re-recording mixer
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Benjamin Cheah .... sound effects recordist (as Ben Cheah)
Ryan Collison .... foley recording engineer
Kay Denmark .... adr boom operator
John P. Fasal .... sound effects recordist (as Johnpaul Fasal)
Phillip Fuller .... technical assistant
John Gutierrez .... cable puller/second boom operator
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Paul Koronkiewicz .... boom operator
Avi Laniado .... technical assistant
Eric McAllister .... assistant sound editor
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Todd Milner .... foley editor
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer (as Douglas L. Murray)
Glenfield Payne .... first sound effects editor
Eric Potter .... sound effects recordist
Steven Simons .... sound re-recording mixer (as Steve Simons)
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects recordist
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Troeller .... technical assistant
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Magdaline Volaitis .... sound effects editor
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
David Wahnon .... first assistant sound editor
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound mixer
Akil Wilson .... apprentice sound editor (as Akil Jelani Wilson)
 
Special Effects by
Robert J. Scupp .... special effects coordinator (as Bob Scupp)
John Stifanich .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor
Jennifer Basnyat .... digital artist
J. John Corbett .... digital animation artist
J. John Corbett .... digital compositing artist
Jennifer Cossetto .... digital animation artist
Jennifer Cossetto .... digital compositing artist
Kathy Kelehan .... visual effects producer
Naomi Nishimura .... digital animation artist
Naomi Nishimura .... digital compositing artist
Eric Person .... digital animation artist
Eric Person .... digital compositing artist
Jim Rider .... digital animation artist
Jim Rider .... digital compositing artist
Amit Sethi .... digital animation artist
Amit Sethi .... digital compositing artist
Jana Spotts .... visual effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Chris Barnes .... stunts
Joseph Barry .... stunts (as Joe Barry)
Amanda Blew .... stunts
Paul Bucossi .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunts
Victor Chan .... stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Andy Duppin .... stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Tim Gallin .... stunts
Tony Guida .... stunts
Don Hewitt .... stunts
Donald John Hewitt .... stunts (as Donald J. Hewitt)
Jery Hewitt .... stunts (as Jerry Hewitt)
Jennifer Lamb .... stunts
Joanne Lamstein .... stunts
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts
Steve Mack .... stunts
John Patrick McLaughlin .... stunts (as Jack McLaughlin)
Kristopher Medina .... stunts
Mick O'Rourke .... stunts
Janet Paparazzo .... stunts
Don Picard .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunt coordinator (as Mike Russo)
Keith Siglinger .... stunts
Adam Silfin .... stunts
Derrick Simmons .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunts
Harrison Stimmel .... stunts
Jimmy P. Wong .... stunts (as Jimmy Wong)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert M. Andres .... key grip
Alison Barton .... first company grip
Glenn D. Bloom .... video playback operator (as Glenn Bloom)
Mel Cannon .... grip
Lamont Crawford .... dolly grip
Andy Day .... chief lighting technician (as Andrew J. Day)
Christopher Donohue .... grip
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator: "a" camera
David Flanigan .... loader
Michael Fradianni .... electrician
Charlie Grubbs .... electrician (as Charles Grubbs)
James Hamilton .... still photographer
William Hines .... generator operator: base camp
Michael Hunold .... electrician
Nils Johnson .... video playback operator
Francis Leach .... electrician (as Francis V.H. 'Bosko' Leach)
Kurt Lennig .... rigging best boy electric
Christopher Liscinsky .... electrician
Rocco Palmieri .... best boy electric
John Panuccio .... key rigging grip
Storn Peterson .... first assistant camera
Igor Potashanik .... grip (as Igor Potashnik)
Robert T. Prate .... best boy rigging grip (as Bob Prate)
Michael Lee Reed .... generator operator (as Michael L. Reed)
Lowell Schulman .... rigging lighting technician
Chris Skutch .... best boy grip
Dustin Smith .... grip (as Dusty Smith)
Joshua Solson .... electrician (as Josh Solson)
Steve Speers .... second assistant camera
Susan Starr .... additional camera operator
Patrick Taistra .... rigging grip (as Patrick J. Taistra)
Richard Yacuk .... rigging grip
Chris Drechsler .... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Lombardozzi .... electrician (uncredited)
Roger Marbury .... electrician (uncredited)
Johnny North .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
Sondra James .... voice casting
Ami Rothschild .... extras casting coordinator
Cindy Tolan .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Adkins .... wardrobe supervisor
Stephanie Biear .... head seamstress
Diana J. Collins .... set costumer
Lisa Emerson .... set costumer (as Lisa Emerson Machione)
Sharon Globerson .... assistant costume designer
Maya Lieberman .... additional costumer: Los Angeles (as Maya Vaughn)
Vahram Mateosian .... tailor
Katie Novello .... costume production assistant
Gali Noy .... costume production assistant
Gretchen Patch .... assistant costume designer: Los Angeles
Lisa Salomon .... costume production assistant
Hartsell Taylor .... wardrobe supervisor
Marian Toy .... additional costumer
Lara Greene .... additional seamstress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Erin Crackel .... second assistant editor
Ann Gray .... post-production coordinator
Gabrielle Hannan .... post-production coordinator
Ben Hasler .... post-production assistant
Daniel R. Padgett .... additional editor
Chris Patterson .... first assistant editor (as Christopher Patterson)
Dana Ross .... color timer
Joe Violante .... dailies consultant (as Joey Violante)
Lou Levinson .... telecine colorist: high definition (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nico Abondolo .... musician: bass
Bob Casale .... music engineer (as Robert Casale)
Jon Clark .... musician: woodwinds
Lavant Coppock .... musician: guitar
Brian Dembow .... musician: viola
Marsha Dickstein .... musician: harp (as Marcia Dickstein)
George Doering .... musician
Larry Dominello .... musician: piano
Martin Flores .... musician: percussion
Bruce Fowler .... musician: trombone
Julie Gigante .... musician: violin
Endre Granat .... musician: violin
Christopher Guardino .... conductor
Christopher Guardino .... musician: piano, celeste, harpsichord, organ
Christopher Guardino .... orchestrations
Christopher Guardino .... vocal arranger
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Stewart Lerman .... music recording mixer
David Low .... music contractor
Jill Meyers .... music clearance
Michael Miller .... musician: guitar
Alexander Moore .... musician: whistler
Paul Morin .... musician: bass
Mark Mothersbaugh .... musician: celeste, organ and guitar
Daniel R. Padgett .... musician: whistler
Gordon Peeke .... musician: drums
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Carlos Rodriguez .... orchestrator
Marshall Sella .... musician: whistler
David Speltz .... musician: cello (as Dave Speltz)
Sally Stevens .... choir contractor
Chet Swiatkowsky .... musician: harpsichord (as Chet Swaitkowski)
Booker White .... music preparation
Danping Wong .... music coordinator
Bruce Young Berman .... musician: guitar solos (uncredited)
Michael Boustead .... music editor (uncredited)
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Kim Naves .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Timothy Shannon .... transportation co-captain
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... transportation captain (as James P. Whalen)
 
Other crew
Jordan Alport .... production assistant
Eric Chase Anderson .... artist: Richie's artwork and original illustrations
Malcolm Auchincloss .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Nadira Azermai .... set assistant
Gino J. Beneventano .... chef
Dawn Bridgewater .... production assistant
Ashlee Burnette .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Stephen Carr .... location scout
Amy Carter .... first assistant accountant
Augie Carton .... key set production assistant
Steven P. Costabile .... medic
Judy Dickerson .... dialect coach
Bob Dickey .... projectionist
Stephen Dignan .... accounting clerk
Frances Fiore .... unit publicist
Sean Garrett Fogel .... production coordinator (as Sean Fogel)
Sara Gagliardi .... accounting clerk
Joan H. Geismar .... consultant: archaeology (as Joan H. Geismar Ph.D.)
Megan Gerard .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Eliot Gerstel .... production office secretary
Theresa C. Gillen .... production assistant (as Teresa C. Gillen)
Darren Glover .... assistant parking coordinator
Greg Goossen .... stand-in: Mr. Hackman (as Greg Goosen)
Gwen Griffiths .... animal trainer (as Gwen Griffith)
Edith Hagigi .... assistant: Mr. Stiller
Krista Haimovitch .... location coordinator
Michael E. Hernandez .... caterer (as Mike Hernandez)
Joshua C. Hersko .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Jared Hohl .... office production assistant
Stacy Hrisohoidis .... assistant craft service
Nick Julious .... assistant craft service
Elizabeth Klenk .... production assistant
Emily Klimkiewicz .... researcher
Lars Knudsen .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Kim Krafsky .... animal trainer
Nora Lynch .... production assistant
April Mackin .... animal trainer
Brad Marro .... production assistant
Chris Marsh .... location assistant
Steve McAuliff .... animal trainer
Andrew McCabe .... production assistant
Patrick McDonald .... production assistant
Christian McHenry .... office production assistant (as Chris McHenry)
Sarisa Middleton .... assistant: Mr. Glover
Jason Miller .... assistant: Barry Mendel
Alexander Moore .... assistant: Mr. Anderson
Heather Neeld .... assistant production coordinator
Leda Nornang .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Kelly O'Bier .... second assistant accountant
Charley Parlapanides .... assistant: Mr. Rudin (as Charles Parlapanides)
Derek Pastures .... parking coordinator
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Tony Phillippe .... production assistant
John Read .... location assistant (as John Reed)
Mike Reilly .... office production assistant
Sarah Schechter .... assistant: Barry Mendel
Robert Schiff .... assistant craft service
Rob Siwiec .... production assistant
Penni Smith .... payroll accountant (as Penni M.M. Smith)
Greg Stillman .... location assistant
Gwenn Stroman .... assistant: Ms. Huston
Hail Swam .... security
Will Sweeney .... assistant: Mr. Anderson
José Tejada .... security (as Jose Tejada)
Tim Trevathan .... production assistant
Jenny Turner .... assistant: Ms. Paltrow
Lynda Van Damm .... production accountant
Mark Van Holstein .... location scout (as Mark Von Holstein)
Gayle Vangrofsky .... assistant location manager
Kevin J. Walsh .... executive assistant: Mr. Rudin
Thomas J. Whelan .... location manager (as Tom Whelan)
Derek Wimble .... production assistant (as Derek R. Wimble)
Tim Ballou .... script clearance administrator (uncredited)
Patrick Corcoran .... assistant: Mr. Rudin (uncredited)
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Andrea Goldfein .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mike Le .... assistant: Owen Wilson (uncredited)
Jennifer Lyne .... location scout (uncredited)
Peter Madamba .... script researcher (uncredited)
Heather Magee-Anderson .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Thomas Maxwell .... stand-in (uncredited)
Reese Nanavati .... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter Pamela Rose .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Will Rowbotham .... assistant: Mr. Rudin (uncredited)
Josh Silfen .... production assistant (uncredited)
Paul Thornton .... stand-in (uncredited)
Eva Vedock .... craft service (uncredited)
 
Thanks
James L. Brooks .... thanks
George Drakoulias .... thanks
 

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Rated R for some language, sexuality/nudity and drug content
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Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:14A (Ontario) (video rating: 2004) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-11/9 | Finland:K-12/9 (2012 reform re-rating) | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12 | Malaysia:18PL | Malaysia:U (cut) | Netherlands:MG6 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #38556)

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Trivia:
Cameo: [Brian Tenenbaum]who plays one of the paramedics, was a college friend of Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson at the University of Texas. Anderson made film about his name because "I just like the name." Brian Tenenbaum's sister is named Margot.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the chapter 2 introduction, it says on the pages,"Uzi is on the steps with a duffel bag over his shoulders..." when Ari is at the door holding Buckley, without a bag over his shoulders.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Concerto per Liuto E MandolinoSee more »

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Are any of the characters based on real people?
What song is playing when Richie tries to commit suicide?
What are the Movies in which Ben Stiller playes a man who doesn't take risks in life ?
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
"Hilariously tragic" is a great way to describe this outstanding, quirky comedy., 25 October 2006
Author: jaysilentbob37 from United States

In spite of what you may have heard, The Royal Tenenbaums is a comedy. Most people you may have heard it from were probably expecting another Meet the Parents, which I can assure you, it is not. It is among the quirkiest movies you're likely to see. What other word other than "quirky" can accurately describe a movie that finds bizarre humor in the lives of a complete failure of a family?

The plot is always fascinating, and consistently entertaining. The three Tenenbaum children, Richie (Luke Wilson), Margot (Gweneth Paltrow), and Chas (Ben Stiller), were geniuses growing up, who each accomplished more in their childhood than most people do in their entire lives. Richie became a champion tennis player by age 17, Margot wrote plays and won a Pulitzer prize in 9th grade, and Chas, a financial expert, started a real estate company in his early teens. Unfortunately, they lacked support from their obnoxious father, Royal (Gene Hackman), and when their glory ended, the family became estranged from one another, and each of the three kids became a neurotic mess of an adult, with Margot being unhappily married to a neurologist, Raleigh St. Clair (Bill Murray), Chas being an overprotective father to his two sons after a family tragedy, and Richie spending all his time at sea. When Royal finds out that his ex-wife, Etheline (Anjelica Huston) is contemplating marrying Henry Sherman (Danny Glover), he fakes a terminal illness, hoping to find redemption and acceptance from his estranged family. Meanwhile, a family friend, Eli Cash (Owen Wilson) is struggling with a drug problem.

It's a story full of tragedy and sadness, and yet the movie manages to be hilarious. It usually seems as if the movie isn't even trying to be funny, as the tone is always kept rather dark and often gloomy. The (extremely subtle) humor is all based around sadness. Each joke ends in tragedy, and each tragedy ends in a joke. Of course, ignorant viewers won't find the film funny, and be highly disappointed. After repeated viewings, gradually becoming one of my favorite movies, this movie makes me laugh out loud frequently. But once again, despite the presence of various comedic talents (Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Bill Murray), this film is NOT like most films they're famous for, and people expecting slapstick and toilet humor will hate the film. But if you appreciate it for the strange quirk fest that it is, you'll find a lot to enjoy here.

The production design is truly brilliant, and the locations are fun to look at. The props in the film are abundant, and wonderfully strange, pointless to the average moviegoer. Wes Anderson dedicates himself to making every detail of the family's weirdness fully evident, and the family's house (particularly the kid's bedrooms) is full of stuff you'd be likely to find at most European art shows, and Sky Mall magazines. Add surprisingly beautiful cinematography, and you have one of the best looking movies of our time.

The performances are all brilliant as you'd expect from a Wes Anderson movie. After the critical acclaim of Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, every big name in Hollywood seems to vie for a role in one of this geniuses movies. They must really want them, as they each play their roles with dead-on brilliance, showing real emotion, and each being funny in their own subtle way. Ben Stiller, and Owen Wilson (who co-wrote the script) are great examples. While still funny in this film, they step completely out of character from their usual roles, which would have been a challenge for any other filmmaker that I can think of, or it just may be the brilliance of the script. I believe it's actually the latter. And don't even get me started with Gene Hackman... (funniest lines)...

I highly recommend this to anyone who's had enough Adam Sandler/Rob Schneider for a while, and is looking for something new and original, that they can feel smart for laughing at, and give it a 10.

It is rated R Some Language, Sexuality/Nudity, and Drug Content Sex: 7/10 Violence: 5/10 Swearing: 5/10 Drugs: 5/10

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