Director Wes Anderson and his longtime friend and writing partner Owen Wilson follow up Bottle Rocket (1996) and Rushmore (1998) with this similarly offbeat comedy about a dysfunctional family reunion. Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) was a successful attorney who had three children with his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston), an archaeologist. Each of the Tenenbaum kids was a precocious genius: Chas (Ben Stiller) made a killing as a child investor. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior tennis champ and three-time U.S. Nationals winner. The adopted Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright who won a $50,000 Braverman Grant in the ninth grade. When Royal abruptly left his family, however, it was the beginning of two decades of betrayal and failure that would scar the Tenenbaums for life. Their past resentments are bitterly held against Royal when he suddenly reappears, claiming to have six weeks to live and a desire to reconnect with his family. Typically, Royal's story is a sham, but his presence and sincere desire for absolution soon have a profound effect on the Tenenbaums, who are each dealing with thwarted desires and relationships. Among them are Richie's lifelong love for Margot, who's unhappily married to Raleigh St.Clair (Bill Murray) and Etheline's eccentric engagement to Henry Sherman (Danny Glover), who wishes to marry her. The Royal Tenenbaums also co-stars Owen Wilson and features narration provided by Alec Baldwin. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
A once prominent New York lawyer pretends to have a terminal illness in order to try to reunite with his family of former childhood prodigies.
|Series||Criterion collection ; 157.|
-- United States
Families -- United States -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| [Irvington, NY] :Criterion Collection,2002
Rudin, Scott, 1958-
Wilson, Owen, 1968-
Stiller, Ben, 1965-
Paltrow, Gwyneth, 1972-
Murray, Bill, 1950 September 21-
Wilson, Luke, 1971-
Baldwin, Alec, 1958-
American Empirical Picture (Firm)
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Luke Wilson ; narrator: Alec Baldwin.
Director of photography, Robert Yeoman ; editor, Dylan Tichenor ; music, Mark Mothersbaugh.
DVD release of the 2001 motion picture.
Special features: commentary by director Wes Anderson; theatrical trailer; "With the filmmaker: portraits by Albert Maysles", featuring Wes Anderson; exclusive video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Danny Glover; outtakes; The Peter Bradley Show, featuring interviews with additional cast members; "The art of the movie: Young Richie's murals and paintings"; still photographs by set photographer James
DVD; Dolby digital.
2 videodiscs (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.