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Rushmore (1998)

  Directed by: Wes Anderson
Written by: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
Starring: Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams
Links: Rushmore on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 8.00 (2 ratings)
nofreelist.com Ranking: Ranked equal 53rd of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

Rushmore (1998) is also mentioned in pearly's review of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), em_fiction's review of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and mino's review of The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

"An odd mix that works well" - a review by mino

Rushmore is one of those movies where, despite having been told maybe one or two billion times that I really should have seen it, I… well, I hadn't seen it. Until now, that is. And I'm glad I did: while Rushmore isn't going to set the world on fire, it is a good little movie.

Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is an enormously intelligent student at an exclusive private school. Pretty much a genius, he's involved with the fencing club, the model UN, the French club, and more or less every other extracurricular activity at the school. He's the perfect student — except for the fact that his grades stink and he's about to get kicked out of the school if they don't pick up. Fischer, unfortunately, spends so much time on activities that he doesn't actually spend any on his schoolwork. He's got other things on his mind: like the attractive new teacher at the school, Miss Cross (Olivia Williams).

Unfortunately for Max, someone else has his eye on Miss Cross: local steel magnate Mr Blume, expertly played by the wonderful Bill Murray (somewhat disturbingly, Murray looks remarkably like an only slightly less creepy version of the character played by Gene Hackman in Heartbreakers (2001) here).

And, with that, there's not much more I can say about the plot, because in some ways it defies explanation. Rushmore is simultaneously a black comedy (and one much more laugh-out-loud funny than I was expecting), a coming-of-age story, a schoolyard romp, and a mismatched romance. Bizarrely, it (at various stages, and occasionally all at once) reminded me of Heathers (1989), Dead Poets Society (1989), Waiting for Guffman (1996), and The Graduate (1967): not the most common group movies to be mentioned in the same breath, let's just say — but it's a mix that works very well here.

Rushmore is a good fun movie, which is made great by some superb performances, notably Schwartzman (who is absolutely brilliant), and Murray, one of the truly great movie sidekicks. It's very sharply written, tells a good story, and is very funny: while the humour is quite subtle in parts, it's good enough to make this reviewer laugh out loud, anyway.

Very clever. See it.

mino gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Sun 11 Jan 2004

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Number of reviews: 1
Number of ratings: 2
Average rating: 8.00
Lowest rating: 8 (by em_fiction, mino)
Highest rating: 8 (by em_fiction, mino)
 
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