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When two offbeat friends fall in love with the same woman, each takes drastic measures to win her heart.


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Oct 30, 2017

Great coming of age movie. Wes Anderson never disappoints.

Sep 06, 2017

While this is an older Wes Anderson movie, it's one of my favorites ( probably after the Royal Tenenbaums ). This is told with Wes Anderson's classic story telling techniques, and is a great coming of age story. As usual, great humor, great music, and a fun cast.

Jun 10, 2017

Solid script is the foundation. Brilliant acting, consistent with their later performances in Anderson's movies. It's amazing that Anderson established his style so well in his very early work.

plotline Apr 08, 2017

Growing Pains: The Follies Of Fischer

"Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs...and take them down."- Herman J. Blume, industrialist, to a student assembly in RUSHMORE.

While Mike Nichols' dramatic comedy THE GRADUATE (1967) and Hal Ashby's absurdist romance HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971) each present introverted protagonists who are alternately confused by and suspicious of the world around them, and who are also thrown into psychological/emotional tailspins by women (first an older one then a younger one for Ben, with a charmingly well-preserved senior one for Harold) who capture their hearts, minds, and bodies, Wes Anderson's RUSHMORE offers up a somewhat different kind of hero.

True, a much desired female (again older) wreaks havoc on Max Fischer's inchoate feelings. Yet even in his daydreams, Max the person is a very outgoing fellow, always positioning himself amongst his peers, his elders, his surrounding environment.

That Max's personality is a work in progress can be seen all too readily in his lengthy catalogue of extra-curricular activities (diverting him from the dull study of the core curriculum), his need to embellish critical details of his private life (his dad's real profession), and his stubbornness in advancing his hot fantasies over cold reality (his "love" for Ms. Cross). It's the undaunted optimism of youth and the absence of any real (tough) experience combined with an more or less open, receptive mind that prevents Max from slipping into dour retreat.

Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams and company provide wonderfully detailed performances. The script by Anderson and fellow writer Owen Wilson ushers the viewer breezily into Max's realm. Anderson's light yet precise directorial hand brings forth humor, warmth, humanity (reminiscent of Bill Forsyth's direction in LOCAL HERO). RUSHMORE not only stands apart from its director's existing repertoire but also from most other "coming of age" movies you can name.

Mar 21, 2017

Quite possibly my favorite film ever made. I've seen it nearly 20 times now, and every time I notice something or "get" something I didn't before. A great soundtrack composed by Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO, Schwartzman's best performance by far, sharply written dialogue, great supporting characters (Miss Cross, Herman Blume, Dirk Calloway) and a very memorable lead character. An utterly original film that will keep audience members intrigued.

Jul 10, 2016

The beginning of the quirky plot and cast formula typical of director Wes Anderson. If you enjoy other Wes Anderson and Bill Murray films, you'd probably enjoy this one. Quirky characters prevail over societal norms with persistence and super-hero level determination. If you enjoy the somewhat smug and silly style of Ferris Bueller's Day Off you'd enjoy this one too. Some of Wes Anderson's later films, like A Life Aquatic and Hotel Budapest got the quirky formula better than this earliest full-length film by a young Wes Anderson.

A fun, feel-good comedy for teens and up.

Jul 02, 2016

Unrequited love, contrived characters, trying too hard to the get the one you love - all three characteristics of Rushmore by Wes Anderson. Much like Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You, this film is a 90s staple, documenting the fictional life of a teen and the world around him. This movie feels triumphant even when the character fails, and is an overall engaging movie.
- @spaghettibro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 12, 2015


Dec 05, 2014

Max Fischer is a successful playwright, a persuasive statesman, and a charismatic entrepreneur all rolled into one. He’s also fifteen years old and an inveterate con artist whose failing grades and manic extracurricular activities are making his future at the prestigious Rushmore Academy for boys tenuous at best. And as if that weren’t enough he’s begun stalking the recently widowed grade one teacher, Mrs. Cross, and seems intent on ruining the life of Herman Blume, the father of two of his classmates whom he views as a romantic rival. As tensions escalate and a round of retributions between the adult Blume and the naïve man-child Fischer threaten to destroy everyone’s life, a series of new opportunities present themselves to Max when he is relocated to an inner city public school. Director Wes Anderson’s flair for eccentric comedies featuring quirky characters fails him miserably in this off-putting, faintly disturbing tale which confuses crazed obsession with precociousness and features an endless parade of affected monotone performances. In the lead role Jason Schwartzman exhibits zero screen chemistry, his character’s set countenance and gleaming stares more suggestive of mental illness than endearing charm while fellow star Bill Murray delivers his usual deadpan SNL persona. A thoroughly unlikeable film about unlikeable people repeatedly being made fools of by a psychotic little turd. And the soundtrack’s assortment of rock and folk ballads sounds woefully out of place too. D-minus.

Green_Bird_203 Nov 03, 2014

Not bad, not great.

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Aug 16, 2014

Max Fischer (sarcastically, to Rosemary Cross' 'friend'): "I like your nurse's uniform, guy." Dr. Peter Flynn: "These are O.R. scrubs." Max Fischer: "O, R they?"


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