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The Essentials: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.
(R, 110 min.)


Friday, November 13, 2020

9:30 PM

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8:15 PM

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The Essentials: Wes Anderson

Synopsis: Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Anjelica Huston), had three children—Chas, Margot, and Richie—and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. [Touchstone Pictures]

Starring: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, Bill Murray
Director: Wes Anderson
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy

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"An eloquent, eccentric and surprisingly touching tribute to the comic dignity of failure."

— Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

"The Royal Tenenbaums are one of the sweetest, most enjoyable dysfunctional families to be featured in movies."

— Steven Rosen, Denver Post

"A big generational saga that woos the audience with its humor, spirit, style, and ability. Genius here is an evolutionary thing."

— Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

"A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums is a movie about how people never really mature in ways that matter."

— Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"A terrific, unforgettable film that's just the right mix of humor and poignancy, never sentimental or predictable, always funny but never obviously so."

— Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

"The performances are all terrific, but Gene Hackman is close to a career best as the family patriarch Royal, the most useless man you can't help loving."

— Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

"This comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family of eccentric geniuses is exactly the kind of movie America could use. It's funny, poignant, laced with irresistibly flawed characters and focuses on the power of love in a family."

— Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

"Along with his writing partner, actor Owen Wilson, who also plays (hilariously) a supporting role in the film, Anderson reveals himself to be a highly original comic talent, impressive both for his strongly controlled deadpan style and for providing a sense of emotional heft lacking in most mainstream film comedies."

— Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter