His grades are so poor he risks being thrown out of school, but Max Fischer (Schwartzman) isn't about to let a academic performance cramp his career at Rushmore Academy. He's editor of the student paper, president of the chess, astronomy, German and French clubs, captain of the fencing and debate teams, and the creative force of the Max Fischer Players. Then there's his unreciprocated passion for Miss Cross (Williams), the new first grade teacher. With the help of his industrialist friend Mr Blume (Murray), Max reckons he can win her heart by constructing an aquarium on the school baseball field. This is a peculiar, poignant comedy, with an outstanding character turn from Murray, but what are we to make of this character, Max, in his beret, braces and blazer? He's part Ferris Bueller, part Jay Gatsby. His class affectations are just that (dad is actually a barber), yet his romantic yearning edges towards psychosis. Bemusing.
Cast and crew
Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
Seymour Cassel Bill Murray Mason Gamble Jason Schwartzman Sara Tanaka Olivia Williams Brian Cox
absolutely love the performances of both Schwartzman and Murray. They light up
all in all, the plot left me cold. Confusing and seemingly pointless, the
coming of age story of a nerdy school kid fails to hook me in. I might be
missing a trick here, but I do not see the appeal, sorry!