The Royal Tenenbaums
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|Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston,
Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill
Murray, Danny Glover
likes this type of comedy, bring her along for sure.
got some nudity, sexual talk, and Gwyn kisses a girl.
driving his car is about it.
of one liners, and jokes about human nature.
couldn't decide between the wedding, the funeral, or the truth
about Margot, so I'm going with all three.
inscription on the tombstone.
Anderson, Barry Mendel, Scott Rudin
The Dude on the Left can’t get the strange paintings
with dudes in masks out of his mind. Me, scarily, after noticing those
works of art, I couldn’t help but see the picture of underwear next to
one of the paintings. And that’s nothing compared to the rest of "The
Royal Tenenbaums" because even though those two images are stuck in
two different minds, both of us agreed that the movie was hilarious,
but in a whacked out way.
The Royal Tenenbaums
A Movie Review
Gene Hackman plays Royal Tenenbaum. He’s
an eccentric, rich dude married to Etheline (Anjelica Huston). They
have three children: Chas (Ben Stiller), he’s a financial wiz; Richie
(Luke Wilson), he’s a tennis pro who lost his talent; and Margot
(Gwyneth Paltrow), she’s their adopted daughter who was a talented
writer when she was young, but now just has a severe case of writer’s
block while she’s married to Raleigh (Bill Murray).
Royal’s got a problem. You see, years earlier him and Etheline got
separated, relegating him to living at a hotel. He’s been living there
ever since, and after finally running out of money, well, Royal gets
the boot. Then Royal catches wind that Henry, Etheline’s accountant
and bridge partner, wants to marry Etheline, and finally Royal goes to
the doctor. The next thing we know Royal is begging Etheline to let
him come back and live with her and their grown children because he
says he only has six weeks to live. Chas has already moved back into
mom’s place with his two kids, Ari and Uzi, Margot has separated from
Raleigh and comes back to her old room, complete with her lover, Eli
(Owen Wilson), who was Richie’s best friend and lived across from the
Tenenbaums when he was a small child, and Richie makes his way home
after hearing the news of dad’s impending death. Royal’s supposed
mission – make peace with his kids and renew his love with his wife
before he dies.
Now, this may not seem like much of a movie, but this is a movie
about quirky characters, actor’s great portrayals as quirky
characters, and humor pointed at the absurdity of people taken to
extremes, or maybe just a step above reality. Royal really doesn’t
know how to be a loving father, never really knew how to try to be a
loving father, and even as he’s trying to make peace with his kids he
still doesn’t know how to do it. Gene Hackman plays this perfectly
with quick lines that are totally out of place, like when he meets Ari
and Uzi and mentions that their mother was hot. He also doesn’t know
his daughter’s middle name even though it is the same as his mother’s,
and he tries to get Henry out of the picture by throwing racial
remarks at him hoping to bring out a confrontation.
Also on par with Hackman are the three kids. Stiller usually seems
to fare better in movies where he isn’t the lead (except for maybe
"Meet the Parents), and in "The Royal Tenenbaums" he is great as the
son, angry with Dad for being, well, a boob, and really not caring
what happens to Pop. He just wants to protect his kids who lost their
mother in a plane crash. Paltrow also does great as the daughter,
pissed at Dad because she was always the "adopted" daughter, the one
he never really gave encouragement, and wondering where she fit in
with the family. Toss in Luke Wilson as Richie, in love with his
sister (hey, she’s adopted, it’s technically okay but frowned upon),
torn between loving his father and seeing him as an idiot, and not
really happy with his life, because, well, he thinks Margot doesn’t
love him. And not to be forgotten is Owen Wilson, the drug addicted
author making his plays for Margot. It all mixes together and works
My "But…" is to put this movie like this: "The Royal Tenenbaums" is
not an "American Pie" type of comedy - it's an artsy comedy. It
drags at times, has some whacked-out plot lines, especially towards
the end, and if you’re looking for an all-out comedy like something
the Farellys would put out, you won’t find it here. This is a Wes
Anderson movie, the dude who did "Rushmore," so a lot of times the
comedy is dry. Hilarious, but dry. If you can let yourself get into
the characters and their idiosyncrasies, you will probably love "The
Royal Tenenbaums." If you are looking for a gross-out comedy, this
ain’t it. I give the movie 4 ½ stars out of 5, but really only if you
like this type of comedy. If not you’ll think it sucked. In any case
go ahead and pay full price and buy some popcorn and a soda to boot!
That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!