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THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS

 
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At Theaters: 1/4/2002 On Video: 7/9/2002
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 48 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 369904
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children, and then they separated. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster, most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. The story of a family of geniuses sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.
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Drama Comedy - If you enjoyed the warped humor of Wes Anderson's previous films Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, this film should be up your alley. Young adults are more likely to enjoy than older ones, and adult subject matter makes the film not suitable for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Gene Hackman BEHIND ENEMY LINES, HEIST, HEARTBREAKERS
Anjelica Huston EVER AFTER
Ben Stiller ZOOLANDER, MEET THE PARENTS, KEEPING THE FAITH
Gwyneth Paltrow SHALLOW HAL, BOUNCE, DUETS
Luke Wilson SOUL SURVIVORS, LEGALLY BLONDE, COMMITTED
Director: Wes Anderson RUSHMORE
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About The Production
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About The Locations & Costumes
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Some brief sex-related nudity.
VIOLENCE: A stabbing; a bloody wrist-slashing.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Lots of verbal and physical comedy.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "...movie probably has limited box office potential - it's a little too quirky for mainstream America.  For those who enjoy skewed, deadpan humor, The Royal Tenenbaums has enough to sate the appetite.  There are no flatulence jokes and little in the way of physical humor. The tone is dark, not feather-light, and the thinking viewer will definitely derive more from this movie than the one who approaches it mindlessly.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "The film grows on you, but more substance and less calculated quirks would have been a royal treat.  Hackman, as the reprehensible Royal, is a delight to watch as he demonstrates how to shoplift, jaywalk in traffic and throw things at cars.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "The self-consciously loopy plot is mostly a showcase for the cast, and Hackman and Houston easily outshine the younger actors: Stiller's sputtering rage, Paltrow's goth-deb anomie and the Wilsons' goofy antics are entertaining, but they're one-note characterizations.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 239 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
17
About 50/50
71%
13-19Teens (F)
27
Fairly Low
59%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
26
High
77%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
37
Fairly High
73%
30+Adults (M)
46
Fairly Low
63%
30+Adults (F)
86
Fairly Low
66%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

I don't believe I've ever seen opinions as varied as these. A few rated it "Fantastic" and about an equal number rated it "Terrible." Being so mixed they don't give me any indication of who might enjoy this movie. From the comments made, I would say this movie is only for those who enjoy very strange and quirky stories.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Royal Tenenbaum (GENE HACKMAN) and his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston) had three children, Chas (Ben Stiller), Rickie (Luke Wilson), and Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), and then they separated. Chas started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of fifty thousand dollars in the ninth grade. Richie 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 of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster, most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. The family of geniuses is suddenly, unexpectedly reunited one recent winter.
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