The Royal Tenenbaums Movie Review 2001

Information and Film Reviews for The Royal Tenenbaums the Movie

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Anderson and Wilson's third and most ambitious film concerns a wildly eccentric family of kid geniuses who converge upon their childhood home as unhappy adults, just as their long-estranged father shows up looking for handouts and understanding, and mother is considering remarriage to the family accountant. Book lovers will appreciate the literary allusions--the Tenenbaum house seems lifted from the pages of J.D. Salinger or John Irving--and storybook styling, down to the chapter headings and gruff narration. Inventive script and quirky dialogue carry a story that sometimes becomes cartoonish, as most of the characters are one-dimensional. Some may find the film's overt weirdness a bit much, but there's a heart underneath it all. Hackman's performance as the dastardly, tactless, and yet wholly lovable Royal is a supreme comic feat. Depression has never been so fun.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 108 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Writers, New York, New York, Bad Dads, Adoption & Orphans, Drug Use & Abuse, Shrinks, Interracial Affairs, Marriage, Brothers & Sisters, Period Piece: 1970s, Screen Teams: Stiller & O. Wilson, Family Drama, Director/Star Teams: W. Anderson & Murray, Director/Star Teams: W. Anderson & Murray
Owen C. Wilson, Wes Anderson
Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen C. Wilson, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Seymour Cassel, Kumar Pallana, Grant Rosenmeyer, Jonah Meyerson, Stephen Lea Sheppard
Robert Yeoman
Wes Anderson
Mark Mothersbaugh
Alec Baldwin, Pavel Wdowczak, Randall Poster, Dylan Tichenor, Carl Sprague, Karen Patch, David Wasco
Barry Mendel, Scott Rudin, Wes Anderson, American Empirical Pictures, Touchstone Pictures


Golden Globes 2002: Actor--Mus./Comedy (Hackman); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 2001: Actor (Hackman).

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