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The Royal Tenenbaums @ Mother's Brewery

  • Starring: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny Glover, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller
  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 110 min.

We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen “The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)” in Mother’s Backyard! (215 South Grant Ave.) So bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs to ensure you are comfy during the movie. Better yet, bring your picnic fixins so you can dine outside while watching a great movie! You can’t bring booze, but don’t worry, Mother’s has you covered on that. They will have beer flowing outside so you don’t even have to go inside for a refill during the movie! This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $5 and on sale at the door. Try to bring cash!

Summary: 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]

"Sparkles with verbal wit and visual flair."
- Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"The picture's creative pulse ... is clearly, brightly, powerfully that of Anderson."
- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"An eloquent, eccentric and surprisingly touching tribute to the comic dignity of failure."
- Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A film like no other, an epic, depressive comedy, with lots of ironic laughs and a humane and rather sad feeling at its core."
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"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
"Exists on a knife edge between comedy and sadness. There are big laughs, and then quiet moments when we're touched. "
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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
"That it works is due to director Wes Anderson, who has made something eccentric and hilarious that can suddenly -- or maybe not for hours or even days later -- choke you up with emotion."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"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