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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

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The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Royal Tenenbaum
... Etheline Tenenbaum
... Chas Tenenbaum
... Margot Tenenbaum
... Richie Tenenbaum
... Eli Cash
... Raleigh St. Clair
... Henry Sherman
... Dusty
... Pagoda
... Narrator (voice)
... Ari Tenenbaum
... Uzi Tenenbaum
Aram Aslanian-Persico ... Young Chas Tenenbaum
... Young Margot Tenenbaum (as Irene Gorovaia)
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Storyline

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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You Are Invited To A Remarkable Family Gathering. 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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$276,981, 16 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,364,010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,077,240
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Wes Anderson and Andrew Wilson provided the voices for the commentators during Richie Tenenbaum's tennis match. Many viewers thought it was a cameo from Jason Schwartzman, star of Anderson's previous film, Rushmore (1998). Also, the Wilson brothers all have similar sounding voices, therefore many people think that it is Owen Wilson providing the voice of the second commentator. Anderson also plays bass on the reggae music in the initial sequence. See more »

Goofs

When Richie is seated and waiting for Margot to pick him up at the passenger ship terminal, the shot shows several sailors wearing dress white uniforms walk by behind him. After a shot of Margot, the next shot of Richie shows a porter behind him pushing a baggage cart. The sailors are nowhere to be seen. 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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The film title first appears on a library book being checked out, then several of the books are seen, and finally the book cover becomes a title card. See more »

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Christmas Time Is Here
Written by Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelson
Published by Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Inc.
Performed by The Vince Guaraldi Trio (as Vince Guaraldi Trio)
Courtesy of Fantasy Inc.
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Beauty found in comic places
24 January 2005 | by 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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