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When two offbeat friends fall in love with the same woman each takes drastic measures to win her heart. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 09/05/2006 Starring: Jason Schwartzman Billy Murray Run time: 93 minutes Rating: R Director: Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson's follow-up to the quirky Bottle Rocket is a wonderfully unorthodox coming-of-age story that ranks with Harold and Maude and The Graduate in the pantheon of timeless cult classics. Jason Schwartzman (son of Talia Shire and nephew of Francis Coppola) stars as Max Fischer, a 15-year-old attending the prestigious Rushmore Academy on scholarship, where he's failing all of his classes but is the superstar of the school's extracurricular activities (head of the drama club, the beekeeper club, the fencing club...). Possessing boundless confidence and chutzpah, as well as an aura of authority he seems to have been born with, Max finds two unlikely soulmates in his permutations at Rushmore: industrial magnate and Rushmore alumnus Herman Blume (Bill Murray) and first-grade teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams). His alliance with Blume and crush on Miss Cross, however, are thrown out of kilter by his expulsion from Rushmore, and a budding romance between the two adults that threatens Max's own designs on the lovely schoolteacher.
Never stooping to sentimentality or schmaltz, Anderson and cowriter Owen Wilson have fashioned a wickedly intelligent and wildly funny tale of young adulthood that hits all the right notes in its mix of melancholy and optimism. As played by Schwartzman, Max is both immediately endearing and ferociously irritating: smarter than all the adults around him, with little sense of his shortcomings, he's an unstoppable dynamo who commands grudging respect despite his outlandish projects (including a school play about Vietnam). Murray, as the tycoon who determinedly wages war with Max for the affections of Miss Cross, is a revelation of middle-aged resignation. Disgusted with his family, his life, and himself, he's turned around by both Max's antagonism and Miss Cross's love. Williams is equally affecting as the teacher who still carries a torch for her dead husband, and the superb supporting cast also includes Seymour Cassel as Max's barber father, Brian Cox as the frustrated headmaster of Rushmore, and a hilarious Mason Gamble as Max's young charge. Put this one on your shelf of modern masterpieces. --Mark Englehart
- Unbelievable Sophomore Effort
In quite possibly the best 2nd movie by any director in recent memory, Wes Anderson astonishes with his keen eye for the eccentric. Leaps and bounds beyond his critically acclaimed first film, Bottle Rocket, Anderson once again mesmerizes with an amalgam of quirky characters and bizarre dialogue against the backdrop of vivid colors, a mawkish British Invasion soundtrack and a classic Boy Loves Girl Who's Kind Of Into Another Guy, But Did We Mention The First Guy Writes Plays story.
An absolute must-see film for anyone who even pretends to like movies, art or pretty colors and shiny objects....more info
- Among the best
This movie is great because it has outlandish characters and situations, but is acted in a way that is relatible and eventually believable. I'd suggest watching it multiple times, since the humor gets better with age....more info
- A Must Own
This is a film that everyone should buy, watch over and over, and laugh til you cry each time. Wes Anderson is a genius....more info
- My Experience with Rushmore
Rushmore is a great film and ultimately one of the best examples of Indie Auteur Wes Anderson's work. This copy of the DVD is a great value for the $10 but isn't really enough for the true fan which I suggest the Criterion Edition.
The film is a great coming-of-age story as any of the other reviewers will tell you. Some of the other reviewers report Anderson defining the rules of film making which is highly debatable, as I haven't seen anything that strikes me as vividly as films by other film makers like Jim Jarmusch. This film is Anderson's first break out and perhaps his most original and interesting as if you've seen this one you'll easily recognize the style and humor in the rest of his films as he does not deviate much from his success but I do feel this film is important in the cannon of American independent film.
The performance by Bill Murray is my favorite, other viewers report this showing his largest range of emotion but I find it sticks to sarcastic quips and subtle humor but doesn't develop as much as his later films. This was his first real turn to the actor we see him as today lining him up for Broken Flowers, Lost in Translation and Life Aquatic. I do love his role and think he holds some amazing lines in the film. Jason Schwartzman is great and seeing him early in his career gives the audience a chance to see his development into the actor he's now known as.
The film itself is a comedy about a 15 year old in prep school, based largely on Anderson's experience with prep school himself which brings a personal touch to the film that helps develop the lead into a believable character. The humor as others have mentioned is sarcastic and subtle but the soundtrack brit-invasion as Anderson is known for and the movie is worth seeing especially at the $10 value. I feel the film gets a little more credit than it deserves but in all is a good watch....more info
- Oh relax, you nitwits.
Relax, it's just a movie. The only thing more annoying than the constant feeling that the movies can be too smart, and weird for the sake of weird, is that the overly critical reviewers are SMARTER than Wes! Some of these reviews are so smarmy I want to puke. I've enjoyed all of Wes Anderson's movies, and I put this one at a close second to the Royal Tennenbaums. But all of these exhausting one-star reviews all read the same way .... "you think you're so clever Wes, well you're not. I could have made the movie better if you'd just let me help you write and direct it". Chill out people. His movies are pleasing to the eye, funny, and unique. That's why most people enjoy them, and the self-annointed "clever" critics feel threatened by them. ...more info
- Sadly, this film lacks a keen sense of direction...
I am a huge fan of `The Royal Tenenbaums', but I couldn't rally behind `Rushmore' the way I thought I would. The acting was superb across the board, and the humor, when it hit, was hilarious; but there was just something about this movie that didn't sit well with me. I found myself wondering where this movie was going; what point it was trying to make. There are many scenes where it feels like this movie doesn't know what kind of movie it wants to be. Is it a comedy, is it a drama, is it an intellectual farce, is it a tearjerker; is it neither? I found the contemplation of the films intent to be tiresome and draining and thus I found my feelings for the film in general to be rather indifferent.
I wanted to like this movie, but I didn't.
The film tells the story of Max Fisher (an outstanding Jason Schwartzman), a young fifteen-year-old who is just making it at Rushmore. He is failing everything yet his indulgence in extracurricular activities keeps him active in the school. He's fallen for the young widowed teacher Rosemary Cross and become friends with Rushmore alumnus and industrial tycoon Herman Blume. When those two friendships cross paths though, Max's world comes crashing down on him.
`Rushmore' is heralded by many as a near masterpiece and is placed alongside classics like `The Graduate' as one of the best coming-of-age stories out there, but I sorely disagree. What `The Graduate' has that `Rushmore' lacks is a common strain of thought. Instead of focusing its attention on a primary subject, `Rushmore' seems to barely find its footing, skirting along various focal points, never really settling down to uncover the meat of the film. I found some of the performances to feel disjointed from the film because they seemed to be from a completely different genre. Case-in-point; Schwartzman is purely comic while Olivia Williams is pure drama. There is a scene where Max confronts Rosemary about his feelings, and her response seemed so unnatural when taken in the context of the film; it just didn't flow.
Bill Murray is the only actor who actually `gets' it. His delivery is comic, yet in that subtly dramatic way (as he was in `Lost in Translation') and it seems to elevate each scene he is in. He plays Herman with the perfect mixture of misery and humor. His performance is so good that I'm appalled he was denied an Oscar nomination, despite his winning several critics awards. This isn't to say that Schwartzman and Williams aren't wonderful (Schwartzman is really at the top of his game, and the character fits him like a glove; and Williams is very moving in her scenes and understandably endearing) I just feel that they contradict one another in their approach to the material.
I can see why some adore this film, for it has its moments of quirky delightfulness, but in the end I feel that it misses what it was striving for and winds up being less than one would expect. If it had some better direction maybe, or any direction, the film would have realized its potential and made good use of its stars. I'll admit that the final Vietnam War themed school play was a hoot, but for the most part I found myself to bewildered to enjoy the humor....more info
- Wish I went to Rushmore
If you were lucky, you went to a school like Rushmore (K-12), if schools like this really exist. Neat, tree-lined streets where one can watch the seasons go by, a culturally diverse and self-motivated student body, eager to learn. One doesn't need a bathroom pass to use the restroom or special permission to make a phone call. They still teach Latin, every imaginable after-school club including a bee-keepers society and a drama club run solely by students and produces extremely realistic plays. The absence of authoritarian teachers and faculty, security guards and metal detectors. A large aquarium on grounds with piranhas. ...more info
- sic transit gloria
i think "rushmore" has alot in common with it's protagonist. it's smart, it knows that it's special, it wants to be a crowd-pleaser, but it's completely out of tune with how 1998 thought they were supposed to be presented. but that's what's so special about "rushmore"; it's defined by it's subtleties, but it's so bold that you can't overlook it. it's a very quiet story with a loud representation. we're seeing everything through max's eyes, where his world is dramatic and almost animated, but always with max or the people he almost cares about centered in the frame. this is really a drama disguised as a comedy, but that's okay. the humor is nice and welcoming at the beginning, but then the plot kind of takes over and at that point we're too involved with it to notice. it draws us in because it's funny and stylish, but we stay because of what's at the core of it. and what's at the core of it is a genuinely moving, and actually a somewhat realistic story. then we get into the technical aspect of it. this achieves alot cinematically with it's wit and visual appeal. the pacing and dialogue is pretty similar to The Graduate, but it makes you wonder why it took 30 years before a similar movie of the genre could walk in it's footprints without shame. There's not much popular culture references as there are what might be called unpopular culture references to charlie brown and mod britain (look at max's clothing), and i think it kind of adds a more timeless quality to it. this does take place in 1998, but it could have been anytime really. the humor isn't "intellectual", it's just humor with max trying too hard to sound like an intellectual (which is a joke). it's not the funniest movie you'll ever see, but it definately has it's moments (favourites include any of the plays and the dinner scene) and i like it because the jokes are hit-or-miss, but at least it's amitious and when it hits, it hits hard. i HIGHLY recommend that you invest in the criterion version. i'm not going to bs you, it's expensive, but "rushmore" was made to be loved and if you're one who gets into it, the origional release probably won't be enough. i payed half the price, but i wasn't satisfied and ended up shelling out the extra cash, and that's alot more money than it needed to be. the extras are pretty great and the picture quality is tweeked to perfection; they just added the extra polish, but it shines even brighter than i remembered it. this is a visual film, so those things do make a difference. as far as criticisms go, i'm probably not the best person to defend this because i'm so in love with it. however, i will say that i don;t think the style really takes away from or makes up for the movie, because i kind of think that it's sharp and distinctive just like the characters and the dialogue, so i think that if it is remembered for it's "style" than the whole thing is remembered just as well. if there's anything that "rushmore" can be disliked for, it's not flaws. you can criticise what you don't like, but wes anderson got exactly what he wanted out of this movie and it's obvious that he didn't just let errors slide. this is his vision, definately a "love it or hate it" one, and this is what it was supposed to be. when 1998 is being recalled, "rushmore" isn't the box-office hit, but it's one that will be remembered and acclaimed for years to come....more info
- Get Them In Your Crosshairs And Take Them Down...
This is probably my favorite movie of all time.
The story concerns one Max Fischer, 15 years old, student at the illustrious Rushmore Academy. But Max is not your average student- he's one of the worst.
Max (Schwartzman) befriends wealthy industrialist Herman Bloom (Murray), and falls in love with Rushmore's newest teacher, Rosemary, a widow from England, and unleashes some truly machiavellian schemes to get her to fall in love with him, (including trying to build an unauthorized aquarium for her on school grounds, backed by Mr. Bloom's millions), getting himself expelled in the process. Meanwhile, the married Herman also falls in love with her and they begin to have an affair, which sets off one of the funniest sequences in American film history; watching a 50 year-old man being attacked by bees that have mysteriously invaded his hotel room and intentionally running over a 15 year old boy's bicycle always makes me smile.
In the end, Max learns alot about life and love and friendship and all of that, and makes peace with Mr. Bloom, Rosemary, the memory of his deceased mother and the end of his tenure at Rushmore Academy. While watching, ask yourself why Max does what he does, why he never wants to leave Rushmore- his reason, never stated, is among the most touching aspects of a character that I have ever seen in any movie.
The soundtrack is truly amazing, as with all of the Wes Anderson films; check out The Who singing "A Quick One While He's Away."
The best thing I can say about this movie is that most people will see a bit of themselves and the people they know in the characters. Truly a wonderful film....more info
- The second coming of Bill Murray
Wes Anderson takes the cliches of the modern romantic comedy, distorts them to absurdity, and then serves up a brilliant masterwork, which is somehow simultaneously plausible and fantastical.
This film was the beginning of the long and fruitful collaberation between Wes Anderson and Murray -- and, in my opinion, it is the best in the series so far.
Prior to seeing this film, I thought of Bill Murray as a good character actor -- a clunky physical comedian who was essentially rehashing his SNL days in a series of mediocre films. This movie blew a hole through that misperception. This is an essential Murray performance, in which he shows how truly expressive he can be -- every one of his facial twitches and tics is as good as ten pages of dialogue.
And that is to say nothing of the rest of the cast. In particular, Jason Schwartzmann plays one of the most inspired characters in modern cinematic history: an adolescent whose massive optimism and intelligence work in tandem to overcome his (also significant) naivete.
Buy it....more info
- Coming of Age, and All of its Pain and Glory
Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson wrote and created a film that is profoundly rich in its portrayal of multifaceted characters, three lonely and wounded people. I have seen many coming of age films, from comedies to dramas, from "Welcome to the Dollhouse" to "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". "Rushmore" is one of my favorites, a total standout with its own unique flavor and style. It is at times dark, quirky, funny, joyful, heartbreaking, and triumphant.
I can't imagine this film without Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. They are both so good here. You can't help liking them, loathing them, pitying them, laughing at them, cheering for them, and hoping for them to find some thread of happiness. They start out friends, then enemies, then friends again but stronger. This film really is about friendships.
Max Fischer is easily one of the most fascinating and interesting characters I have encountered in the movies. He is a creative dynamo and yet he is flawed and vulnerable. Max is (pardon all the adjectives) witty, cruel, clever, resilient, funny, dangerous, foolish, brilliant, lonely, formidable, and damaged. This is not a character you've seen before in a film.
I was particularly impressed with one friendship in "Rushmore", which was that of Dirk and Max. I felt their history together; you just know they've been buddies for a long time, and have had many schemes and fun times... and when there was a big rift between them, I actually was hoping that their bond would not be broken permanently.
When it comes down to it, this is (for me) a love story about a young man and the time of his life. Rushmore is more than a school to Max, it is a time. I remember that time in my life, and I think that the fact that it has to end or change is rather sad and unfair (but inevitable). It's a heady time with so many things going on: changes, self image issues, first loves, learning, socializing, making mistakes, friendship, creating, failing, fighting, and slowly beginning to discover your place in life. "Rushmore" captures a genuine taste of this time.
I really wish "Rushmore" had become a TV series, an hourly 'dramedy'. It has a perfect setting and characters for that. The film left me wanting to see more stories involving Max and his world....more info
- Left me scratching my head
Read elsewhere for reviews of the movie. This is an opinion of it.
I really feel like this quirky comedy-drama is curiosity. I was tempted to give it 1 star to counter all the rave (and undeserved) 5-star reviews, but my honest opinion is that it's average. While it is very interesting in some ways, being odd and different does not (as many lemmings apparently think) make this a masterpiece. And just because you don't fall all over yourself about it doesn't mean you don't appreciate the director's talents.
The characters and situations are a little out there, and a couple of times I found myself waiting for Max's dream sequences to end -- only to discover that the film continued on, and they weren't dream sequences at all. This is not a movie that reflects real life, but in some ways it acts like it is trying to. If you can get over that, you'll end up enjoying it, I think.
Funny, amusing, intelligent-but-off-the-wall dialogue and situations are both the strengths and weaknesses of this movie....more info
- "These are O.R. scrubs. O R they..."
Quite possibly the most excellent film of its year! I loved this film. Without sounding like a complete zealot for Max Fischer and all of his antics, this film definitely was an amusing surprise from beginning to end. It is littered with one-liners that definitely will have you laughing afterwards! ...more info
Another favorite by Wes Anderson. Mr. Anderson writes a great story and hires the right actors to make it work perfectly. This movie is the only one without Owen Wilson....more info
- A classic
Either you love Wes Anderson's work or you hate his work. I am a big fan of his work and Rushmore has always been one of my favorite Anderson films. A classic and must have if you are a Wes Anderson fan....more info
- the Re-Birth of Bill Murray (and probably Anderson's only masterpiece)
Well, i use masterpiece loosely, because all of his films have been, at the very least, good, but this isn't a masterpiece in the same way as, say, Red Beard...anyway.
Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson's melding of/take on 'Catcher in the Rye' and 'Harold and Maude' turned out to be far more of a success than they could have ever imagined. Hailed world wide as the arrival of a new force in film making, even though it's Anderson's second film, Rushmore put Jason Schwartzman into the spotlight and thrust Bill Murray back into homes all over America.
Rushmore is, basically, the story a woman you can't have, and the effect it has on the two men who want her. (Jules & Jim automatically comes to mind as another influence.) Schwartzman plays, masterfully, Max Fischer - doing his best to involve himself in as many extracurricular activities as possible, and to avoid homework as often as he can. Max is growing up too quickly, he has an air of pseudomaturity, and this only raises in intensity when he meets Rosemary, a teacher at his school.
He does his best to impress her, as any young boy in love would. He buys her new fish, and seems interested in her life outside of school. She catches on and informs him that he's far too young for her.
All the while, Murray's character, Harold Bloom, is miserable in his life with his cheating wife and annoying twin sons. He meets Max and is strangely in awe of the young man and his tenacity. Through Max he meets Rosemary and he too falls for her subtle charms.
What follows is a war between two men, well, one man and a boy, a war for something neither one could ever acquire.
For it's few flaws, it remains a fairly realistic, touch and poignant look at adolescent love....more info
- One of the Best Movies I've Seen in a Long Time
After seeing Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums" (I hated it) I had no desire to see another one of his films. But, this film had gotten some great reviews and I read an interview with Vincent Gallo where he was complaining about it for some reason I don't remember, so I decided to check it out. The other big factor for me was, I'm not a big fan of The Criterion Collection. I've seen a lot of movies in that collection I hated, but this is one of the best I've seen. This is actually one of the best, most charming, and funny movies I've seen in a long time. The writing is smart and witty, the dialogue is charming, the performances are great. Jason Schwartzman ('Spun' & 'Shopgirl') plays Max Fischer, a tenth grader at a private school called Rushmore. While he's one of the smartest kids at the school, he's their worst student. But he is involved in a lot of extracurricular activities, in fact he's the founder or president of most of them. After discovering a quote that he's fond of in a book, he tracks down the person who wrote the quote who happens to be a teacher at the school. Her name is Miss Cross (Olivia Williams, who is really hot), and Max quickly falls in love with her. Problem is, his friend Mr. Blume (Bill Murray, in one of his best performances) also is in love with Miss Cross. When Max discovers this, he wages war against Blume. In case you hadn't noticed, it's a pretty quirky movie. Jason Schwartzman shows here that he's a very good actor; I've now seen him play Max Fischer, a drug addict, and a lazy womanizer and he's shown a great amount of range in all these roles. He's very believable here. Murray delivers an Oscar worthy performance, he's truly wonderful to watch. And Williams is not only a fine actress, but she's also...Fine. I was surprised to find out that Owen Wilson (who is not in the film, but his brother Luke Wilson is) co-wrote this movie. I knew Wilson was a funny guy, but damn...He's a good writer too. This is a really great movie and if you haven't seen it, then you need too.
- Clever, original and droll, but why all the cigs?
Wes Anderson has a nice light touch in the comedy department. He also has a unique style. Whereas most prep school coming of age stories attempt a kind of been-there realism, what Anderson achieves here is something close to a kid's fantasy framed in realism.
Jason Schwartzman stars as 15-year-old Max Fischer whose claim to fame is flunking most of his classes at Rushmore prep while being a boy genius who leads a dozen extra curricular activities including writing and directing his own plays. He's a kind of dark browed Woody Allen in the making. Bill Murray, slightly subdued and under comedic control, gives support as Herman Blume the millionaire entrepreneur who is impressed with Fischer's accomplishments and style. Olivia Williams is the grade school teacher they both adore.
Well, if you are a slightly nerdish boy (or were one) this movie is going to just pop your tart. So wish-fulfilling is the story that at any moment I expected Max Fischer to hop into a phone booth and come out in leotards and cape. Even the plays Max writes embody a boy's dream of being a man: Serpico as played by teens, Platoon (or Apocalypse Now) in the high school gym. But I have to say anybody who watches this movie and doesn't feel a bit of nostalgia for childhood needs to have his bedpan changed.
Max is a slacker who doesn't slack. Max is to be preferred to Blume's own idiot kids. Max can lead the boys at public or private schools. It doesn't matter. Max can almost win the girl, even though she is a dozen or so years older and six inches taller. Max can take a punch. Max has inexhaustible energy. Max is a leader and liked and respected by all but the school bully (whom he wins over and puts to work). Max probably will get into his safety school, Harvard, by scoring a perfect 2400 on his SATs. Humm, maybe that's a good idea for a sequel--oh, too late for a sequel, and anyway The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) certainly is better than any sequel.
Well, how about Max grows up and becomes an astronaut, the first man on Mars? Or better yet, Max grows up and becomes--Wes Anderson!
I have one MAJOR problem with this movie. What is with all the cigarettes? Wes, did you get some backing from Phillip Morris? I am so tired of cigarettes in movies where they serve no plot or character purpose, where they are planted merely to entice young people into a lifetime of addiction. Wes Anderson, now that you have found some fame and fortune, please remember: smoking cigarettes causes cancer and taking money from cigarette companies is, at the very least, Bad Form....more info
- Hodgepodge of ideas, some clever, some painfully conventional
I was prepared to love this movie after all the raves: several critics' sites had assured me that Igby Goes Down, a coming-of-age film I admired greatly, was a poor man's Rushmore. They've got it backwards. Rushmore has the outward appearance of quirky offbeatness, but much of the plot, when viewed in black and white, is actually very conventional, especially in the second half, where much of the action becomes a series of one-upman stunts between Max (a marvelous Jason Schwartzman) and Blume (Bill Murray). The scene where Max reveals the affair to Blume's wife is mean sprited, conventional and while a convenient plot device to make Blume available to Miss Cross, is also a convenient plot device to make Blume available to Miss Cross, if you get my drift. For all its alleged unconventionality and subtlty, it's actually more conventional and not nearly as subtle as most critics seem to think.
I think we've been fooled by the setup. The opening sequences, the characters, the whole mood of the piece, is very fresh. Certainly we've seen no one like Max in movies before, with his manic involvement in every activity imaginable. Yet, once having created him and his world, the authors fail to deliver with sufficient followthrough. Would someone with such an Orson Welles become so despondent so easily that he drops his high aspirations and decides to become a barber like his dad? I found that plot line 100% unbelievable, non-sequitor, and designed as a lazy attempt to tug at our hearts. Ditto the scene where Max climbs a ladder into Miss Cross' bedroom and fakes an injury to get her sympathy. I guess this was supposed to be endearing, but to me it belonged on the cutting room floor. Similarly, I found the ending--who wound up with whom--to be contrived. Why is Blume so suddenly desirable to Miss Cross? What's the linkage between Max and Margaret Yang, other than it's convenient to make one at the two-hour mark. Some critics said they couldn't see Sookie's motivation for pursuing first Igby and then brother Oliver in Igby Goes Down, but it's actually there and firmly established, unlike the relationships in this film.
I will give credit to Olivia Williams, who plays Miss Cross. It's hard to play someone who is completely and utterly ordinary and yet attracts our interest and desire anyway. She is one of these people. We understand why a lonely and tortured soul would be instantly drawn to her, against all rationality and common sense. It's not easy to ignite this instant chemistry on the screen, but it happens here. Her charm is delightfully understated, and her scenes are the highlight of the movie.
Now on to Bill Murray. I'm afraid I'm in the minority when it comes to this beloved actor: in short, I'm sick of roles where he merely stands there with mussed hair and a slight smirk on his face and makes a few dry cracks, and the critics fall all over themselves talking about his deep and richly-layered performances. Be it Lost in Translation, this movie or even Tootsie, I don't see where he does much aside from be Bill Murray. The same can be said for Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen and Robert Duvall, only he has even less charisma than they do. For once, I'd like to see him surprise me by stretching himself. Save your hate mail, you won't dissuade me.
The film looks good on DVD. The pop music medley is a bit intrusive--again, I felt the similar technique in Igby was far better integrated. In short, my verdict is don't believe those who say Igby Goes Down is inferior to this film. It has better writing, a tighter story, better acting, and more surprises than Rushmore, which opens with daring but settles into a rather conventional second half.
- Here comes my baby...
Rushmore is a quirky and delightful motion picture directed by Wes Anderson (Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) and starring Jason Schwartzman (Simone) and Bill Murray (Groundhog Day).
The movie is similar to classic films like Harold And Maude and The Graduate in that it's a story of a young man who becomes infatuated with a teacher at his school, an older and much wiser woman.
The movie pursues Max, played by Schwartzman, a loser, who somehow fits into many clubs at Rushmore private school including theatre, cheerleading, and the debate team. He meets Herman Blume, played by Murray, a well off businessman and father of some of the boys at the school, who thinks Max is a genius. Max also meets Miss Cross, a British elementary teacher, whom he becomes attracted to. Max introduces Miss Cross to Herman and the two become more than friends in no time. Max is left feeling betrayed by Herman and fooled in thinking that he can actually get Miss Cross to be all his. Max's hilarious escapades as he attempts to take revenge on Herman and Herman's retaliations are some of the funniest scenes I have ever seen.
The movie features music from 70's artists such as Cat Stevens, who also provided music for Harold And Maude adding another close similarity to the 70's classic, John Lennon and The Faces.
- Long, but quirky & funny
This is really a funny and at times touching film. It's a bit overlong, but Bill Murray and the other actors are great. I really liked this movie. Definately not for those that don't like to think....more info
- "I saved Latin. What have you done lately?"
The film is the coming of age film about a 15 year old boy attending a school called Rushmore, that despite having enormous popularity in the school's clubs, is failing every one of his classes miserably. He finds soliance in a alumni(Bill Murray) and a first grade teacher(Olivia Willams). After his expulsion from Rushmore, his relationship with the two adults is thrown into a tizzy after he hears that they are secretly seeing each other. He plans to make their lives a living hell.
Wes Anderson has created a masterpiece. I feel that this was his best film after seeing all of his others. Jason Schwartzman plays the part of Max Fischer to perfection. He hits all the right notes and downright angers you with his irratibility factor in the character, but at the same time the character is loveable. Bill Murray pulls off a stunning performance that should've won him a Oscar. He was both hysterically and emotionally brillant. The writing is wonderfully solid, it captures adolesence to perfection. Wilson and Anderson should team up on more future products because they have such a chemistry together that it is unbelieveable.
In closing, I very much enjoyed this breathtaking, well acted, hilarously funny, heartbreaking tale created by Wes Anderson. ...more info
- Good for a rainy day
Max Fischer( Jason Schwartzman) is the most industious 10th grader of all time. He has founded seemingly every club at Rushmore, a prestigious private school, where he has a full scholarship. The only problem: Max is a horrible student and is failing most of his classes. Add to the mix a pretty kindergarten teacher (Olivia Williams) that Max and one of his teachers (Bill Murray) fall in love with, and you have all the twists and turns of a high school soap opera.
I was not impressed with the ending, but at least it was realistic. Most teenagers would enjoy the goofy humor, but parents may be wary. Not a bad movie for a rainy day.
- Deceit, Lies, Heartbreak, Duplicity; A wonderful Feel-Good Film
I finally saw this much-heralded film, and Wes Anderson should be very proud. The casting of Jason Schwartzman in the central role of Max was a very fine choice. I guess it brings up the argument that success doesn't mean you have academic skills. Most important element is that one small lie to the wrong person can balloon uncontrollably. Under Mr. Andersn's impeccable direction, the excellent cast makes this a most rewarding experience. Bill Murray won acclaim for his performance, and he's fine, but equally as good are Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassell, Brian Cox, and the delightful Sara Tanaka; not forgetting Schwartzman's totally believable, centered & focused performance. I loved this film, and I understand why it has become a "cult classic". I will watch it often. ...more info
- Take out Max Fischer and you have a good movie...
After watching the brilliant Royal Tennebaums, I felt I should watch Anderson's earlier effort, Rushmore. Every character is lovable except for the main character Max Fischer. He is an obnoxious jerk who doesn't get punched nearly enough. I can't undrstand how the other characters could put up with his rudeness, arrogance, and all around terrible personality. Also, there is no way he would have survived in a public school. They would have crushed him. I love teh Royal Tenebaums, but this movie left me waiting for Max's defeat that never came....more info
- Wes Anderson is the man.
Rushmore, featuring Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray, is not your average run of the mill comedy. I think of it as a smart comedy. Written by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson I feel that Wes Anderson is the most artistic director of the new millenium. The onscreen charisma between Murray and Schwartzman is hilarious and believable. ...more info
- I hope this works
I bought this movie for a hot dude in hopes that he will fall in love with me and make a baby. JASON SCHWARTZMAN ITS ALL ON YOU BUDDY...more info
- Divine Comedy
This is going to be a little hyperbolic, so stand back.
I think that at the heart of it, the thing that I love about this movie is that it does what real comedy is supposed to do: It allows us to be witnesses at the creation of a new society. Ultimately...this is an eschatological point. That's why the banner at the dance at the end: "The Heaven and Hell Cotillion" was such an uncommonly brilliant touch.
The unique genius of the character of Max Fischer is that, without being a solemn watery-eyed plonk about it, he brings people together. He is a failure in academics, but the form that his manic inclusiveness takes is to create weirdly elaborate stage productions at his school and to found school clubs around the full variety of things that could possibly interest anyone...including beekeeping. At first, his inclusiveness is imperfectly benevolent because it involves pretense (He's ashamed of his father, and he spurns the attentions of a girl his age in favor of the mild and beautiful teacher Olivia Williams) but later, as the result of among other things his crushed romantic ambitions, he reforms himself and even befriends the most malevolent character on campus by giving him a great role in one of his bizarre and spectacular theatrical productions.
No review of this movie would be complete without mention of Bill Murray's performance. He was perfectly employed as the cynical industrialist that also falls for Olivia Williams and comes under the spell of Max Fischer. If you thought Murray was good in "Lost in Translation"...this role is in some ways the same, except much funnier, much sadder, much richer, much more humane.
At the end of Max's last school play (about Vietnam and complete with real dynamite explosions and safety glasses for the first few rows in the theatre), an Indian janitor is shown laughing uproariously. This scene was pure heaven to me. That is the laugh I expect to hear at the end of the world when it's found that there is a place at the table for everyone.
- A true underrated classic...especially for the quirkier audience
I first have to say that I am a big fan of Wes Anderson. I think his smart, subtle movies are a true breathe of fresh air in an industry that is obsessed with raunchy pointless, humor and the bottom line. That being said, I can even admit that his movies are not for everyone. I once saw an interview with him and he was asked what particular audience he thought his movies are for. His response was he thought his fans mostly consisted of ""outsiders" and "misfits." This group obviously dos not include everyone. This movie itself offers a poignant and comedic look in to the life of Max Fischer-a boy who struggles with fitting in and attaining the affections of an older woman teaching at Rushmore Academy. His life is often very random and comedic, but this is what I loved about the movie. If you are looking for something that makes you roll on the floor laughing at big-budget generic comedy, then this movie is not for you. If you are looking for a more subtle brand of comedy that leaves you thinking and with a smile on your face, then by all means buy this movie:)...more info
- Bill Murray's finest hour
The chemistry between Jason Schwartzman & Bill Murray is what really makes this movie great. The supporting cast does an admirable job as well. I really love Seymour Cassell's role as Max's (Schwartzman)father and it's always a treat to see him on screen. Out of the four Wes Anderson films this one I feel is the funniest and by far the darkest of the lot. It also has great music as well (with the highlight being Cat Steven's rendition of "Here Comes My Baby"). I don't believe that Bill Murray was even nominated for an Academy Award for this film and that is an absolute crime. His performance was his best ever and it just goes to show you that the Oscars have become almost a joke nowadays. After I saw this film I was convinced that Schwartzman was headed for superstardom. However, I guess he was born to play this role because he hasn't really been in anything that memorable since and his acting has never been close to as good. He was great in this film though! I have never seen a more lovable, cooler geek portrayed on film in my whole life. This is the first Wes Anderson film I had ever seen and I have been a big fan ever since. Can't wait to see what he creates next! ...more info
- Anderson's best film....
My former sister in law kept raving about this film, telling me I would love it. It looked like a smarmy, Gen X "ironic" movie to me, so I avoided it for a bit, but then decided to go see it. It is a brilliant, funny, honest, heartfelt film, the best film I've seen from Wes Anderson. It has great performances by Jason Schwartzman as Max and Bill Murray, and also Seymour Cassel (a Cassavettes veteran) as Max's father, Olivia Willams as Max's "love interest", and Brian Cox as the dean of Rushmore. Never does the film feel condescending like a lot of "hip" films during this time had a tendency to do. It doesn't feel smarmy or sleazy. In the hands of a "hip" director, they could have needled Max's character, mocking him and making fun of him. Anderson didn't. Wes (and co-writer Owen Wilson, who should write more) made all their characters like real people. And the film has one of the greatest soundtracks EVER. It is filled with British invasion hits, and the use of The Who's A Quick One While He's Away is truly inspired. Anderson gets major points for using the live version from The Rock and Roll Circus instead of the studio version, which isn't as good. Most of Anderson's work in general leaves me cold, but not this film. This is his best film in my opinion, a film of depth and substance. ...more info
- You have to love the little things...
If you love quirky comedy, you know that the best humor cant be related in commentary. Its not that bill murray stuffs the little kid on the basketball court while he's on the cellphone. Its the way he does it that makes you want to see it over and over again. For those looking for a comedy in the Animal House/Caddyshack vain (obviously great comedies) this is not the thing. For those of you that thought Fletch was funnier the twelth time, this is a masterpiece. ...more info