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Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Bill Murray
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Max Fischer is a highly
gifted, extremely eccentric sophomore at prestigious Rushmore High.
Yearbook editor, debate team captain, director of the Max Fischer
Players, and founder of all manner of strange and wonderful clubs
(Bombardment Society, Trap and Skeet Club, among others), Max throws
himself into just about every facet of Rushmore High life. Problem is
that he’s involved in so many extracurriculars that he's got no time
left to concentrate on academics – hence the perpetual threat of
expulsion looming over his head. One day Herman Blume, oil tycoon and
father of two insipid Rushmore High wrestlers, gives a talk at a school
assembly. Max is impressed with Mr. Blume, and initiates a friendship
with the unhappy billionaire, who sees Max as exactly the sort of bright
and interesting son he’s always wished he had (Mr. Blume’s not at
all pleased with the two loudmouthed dimwits that are his real spawn).
All is well until Max falls for the lovely Miss Cross, a first-grade
teacher at Rushmore. Though she’s charmed by Max’s decidedly unique
personality, she doesn’t quite know how to deal with his somewhat
inappropriate attentions. When Mr. Blume offers to act as Max’s
intermediary and patch up relations with Miss Cross, he ends up falling
for her himself, leading to all out war between Max and his mentor.
quirky, unpredictable, funny, and genuinely, unabashedly sweet – there’s
not a thing that I don’t like about Rushmore (including Bill
Murray, an actor who normally induces that same cringing reflex in me as
the sound of nails screeching down a chalkboard). Wes Anderson’s
oddball little movie is as close to a perfect comedy as they get. The
determined and puerile glee with which Max and Mr. Blume take revenge
upon one another – Max pipes a swarm of bees into Mr. Blume’s hotel
room, Mr. Blume runs over Max's bike, Max rigs a tree to fall on Mr.
Blume – provides plenty of laughs, but what’s really impressive is
how optimistic the film is at heart … it makes you feel all warm and
fuzzy inside, without resorting to any of the usual stupid feel-good
movie clichés. From the well-developed characters, who are appealingly
weird without seeming at all contrived, to the subtly funny dialogue, to
the spot-on perfection of the eclectic soundtrack, Rushmore oozes
personality and winning geek charm. o
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