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||Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams
They might find some of the pranks kind of
funny, but most of this movie is adult.
If she likes dry humor.
Some creative high school plays, but nothing
Max Fischer at dinner with Herman Blume, Miss
Cross, and her date, when Max had too much to
Barry Mendel, Paul Schiff
I had a worry when I was going into
see "Rushmore," the new film being touted as Bill Murray's
triumphant return to the big screen, and that worry came
from the fact that just about every other commercial I saw
on TV was for the movie "Rushmore." That always tends to
scare me because usually when there is an abundance of
commercials for a movie, I generally don't like it. I won't
say that "Rushmore" was a bad film, but I understand why the
critics found the movie so triumphant, and I found a kind of
A Movie Review
"Rushmore" is basically an artsy comedy. What I mean by
that is there's a lot of thought-provoking dialogue, and
basically it's not your gut busting humor. Unfortunately,
that's what it's being touted as.
The story kinda goes like this: Jason Schwartz plays Max
Fisher, a not well-to-do kid placed in an academy of mostly
rich and wealthy, spoiled brats, but he gets around that by
constantly saying that his father is a neurosurgeon when his
father is actually a barber. Also, Max is involved as
usually the president or the founder of nearly every geeky
student organization at the school. Enter Herman Blume,
played by Bill Murray. Herman is a steel tycoon who really
doesn't like his wife nor kids. But, he takes a liking to
Max, and for some goofy reason, kinda treats Max like a son.
Well, all is swell until Max falls for a first grade
teacher, Miss Cross, (Olivia Williams), and that's not so
bad, except Max gets his heart broken. Enter again Herman,
who ends up falling for Miss Cross. Max doesn't like this,
so he begins to seek his revenge on both Herman and Miss
Cross. The subtle comedy ensues as Herman and Max begin a
few pranks aimed at hurting the other person. Well, all is
well in love and war, and eventually Max and Herman get back
together, while Max puts on his best school play yet, and of
course Max works to get Herman and Miss Cross together.
As an all-out comedy this movie had a lot of potential,
but the powers that be, and all else involved, went for the
artsy side, keeping the humor subtle and dry, the dialog
more intellectual, and quite frankly, at least for me, left
me slightly disappointed. If you're looking for another
"There's Something About Mary," this isn't it, although from
the adds you've seen you might think it might be, that
combined with the touting Bill Murray has been getting as
the comedic genius he was and still is. But Bill Murray
isn't over the top, as he might have been in a "Caddyshack"
or a "Stripes," although his character is still kind of
quirky and still portrays that attitude of being just a goof
sometimes. It is Jason, however, who takes quirky and goofy
to a new level. As Max he likes to blow up things, he likes
to play with bees, he likes fencing, and he's a silly drunk.
You would think, with that combination, the revenge plots
could have been a little bit more over the edge, but they
were quick into the point.
A couple of scenes in the movie had me laughing out loud,
namely the dinner scene where Max has a couple of drinks, as
well as the ending play that Max puts on, but for the most
part, the movie was mostly chuckle humor. Not that that
truly disappointed me, but from the adds I seen, and the
previous promotion, for some reason I was really expecting
to laugh my ass off, instead of really have to pay attention
to the film.
So, how do I rate "Rushmore?" Well, I give it 2 1/2 stars
out of 5. It has its moments, and if you like that artsy
humor, artsy dialog, or artsy filmmaking, you probably will
like the film more than I did, but for me, who can take or
leave those types of films, I would've preferred they'd gone
for the "Make the dude piss his pants" type of humor. Oh
well, I can't have everything.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!