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One of the best screenplays ever written.
This is a great movie. It is the complete opposite of all current film making. The acting is wonderful, compliments the genius screenplay nicely. Jonze is an actor's director, but is also a great visual artist. REQUIRES multiple viewings, as all good films should.
Max Fisher loves Rushmore. It is his life. He spends 99% of his time starting up clubs and putting on plays. He doesnt, however, spend enough time on his school work. He meets Herman Blume after attending a speech Blume gives at Rushmore. Blume is immediately taken by Max's ambition and the two become friends.
Shortly after, Max falls in love with a teacher at Rushmore, Ms Cross. He gets kicked out of Rushmore because of his bad grades and subsequently turns his attention to her. She becomes his Rushmore. Unfortunately, Blume falls in love with her too.
This movie is, for lack of a better word, a masterpiece. Everything about the movie, from the acting, to the writing, to the direction are fantastic. Wes Anderson is a direction genius. His movies are very original, and still have a wide appeal. Anderson co-wrote this picture with Owen Wilson. The two also teamed up for Andersons' Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums, in which Wilson co-starred.
Jason Schwartzman, in his first role, is endearing as Max Fisher, an overachieving underachiever. Bill Murray takes a chance with Herman Bloom, a type of character he is not accustom to. Personally, I think he should have at least been awarded an Oscar nomination for this role, but the Academy turned a blind eye, much like they did with Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums. In any case, it may be the best role of his career. Rounding out the excellent cast are Olivia Williams(Ms. Cross) and Seymour Cassel(Max's dad, Bert).