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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) - Wes Anderson

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) - Wes Anderson [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


In a fitting follow-up to Rushmore, writer-director Wes Anderson and cowriter-actor Owen Wilson have crafted another comedic masterwork that ripples with inventive, richly emotional substance. Because of the all-star cast, hilarious dialogue, and oddball characters existing in their own, wholly original universe, it's easy to miss the depth and complexity of Anderson's brand of comedy. Here, it revolves around Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman), the errant patriarch of a dysfunctional family of geniuses, including precocious playwright Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), boyish financier and grieving widower Chas (Ben Stiller), and has-been tennis pro Richie (Luke Wilson). All were raised with supportive detachment by mother Etheline (Anjelica Huston), and all ache profoundly for a togetherness they never really had. The Tenenbaums reconcile somehow, but only after Anderson and Wilson (who costars as a loopy literary celebrity) put them through a compassionate series of quirky confrontations and rekindled affections. Not for every taste, but this is brilliant work from any perspective. --Jeff Shannon


  • Royal Tenenbaums Soundtrack [1 CD, Amazon US]
    1. 111 Archer Avenue - Mark Mothersbaugh 2. These Days - Nico 3. String Quartet In F Major - Ysaye Quartet 4. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon 5. Sonata For Cello And Piano In F Minor - The Mutato Muzika Orchestra 6. Wigwam - Bob Dylan 7. Look At That Old Grizzly Bear - Mark Mothersbaugh 8. Look At Me - John Lennon 9. Lullaby - Emitt Rhodes 10. Mothersbaugh Canon - Mark Mothersbaugh 11. Police & Thieves - The Clash 12. Scrapping And Yelling - Mark Mothersbaugh 13. Judy Is A Punk - Ramones 14. Pagoda's Theme - Mark Mothersbaugh 15. Needle In The Hay - Elliott Smith 16. Fly - Nick Drake 17. I Always Wanted To Be A Tenenbaum - Mark Mothersbaugh 18. Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi Trio 19. Stephanie Says - The Velvet Underground 20. Rachel Evans Tenenbaum (1965-2000) - Mark Mothersbaugh 21. Sparkplug Minuet - Mark Mothersbaugh 22. The Fairest Of The Seasons - Nico 23. Hey Jude - The Mutato Muzika Orchestra

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