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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.

By: TCh

Release details

Rated: 15
Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Wes Anderson
Screenwriter: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
Cast: Seymour Cassel
Bill Murray
Mason Gamble
Jason Schwartzman
Sara Tanaka
Olivia Williams
Brian Cox

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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I absolutely love the performances of both Schwartzman and Murray. They light up the scenes.

But 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!