Rushmore 1998

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This acclaimed comedy stars Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer, a 10th grade pupil at Rushmore Academy. When not daydreaming, Max pours all of his energy into his beloved extra-curricular activities, often to the neglect of his studies. His determination to make a name for himself is sent into overdrive by the arrival of pretty new teacher Miss Cross (Olivia Williams).

Starring:
Jason Schwartzman,Brian Cox
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Wes Anderson
Starring Jason Schwartzman, Brian Cox
Supporting actors Mason Gamble, Olivia Williams, Bill Murray, Luke Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Seymour Cassel
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 19 July 2009
Format: DVD
Max Fischer is a geeky 15 year old at the exclusive Rushmore academy, whose academic slackness sits uncomfortably beside his ludicrously over-stuffed bag of extra-curricular activities. Max is also very precocious, and he becomes friends with wealthy school benefactor and parent of twin wrestling meatheads, Herman Blume, whilst also falling in love with recently widowed art teacher Rosemary Cross. When Cross, freaked out by Max's infatuation with her, pushes him away, Blume himself, played by a world-weary Bill Murray falls in love with her and they begin dating, much to Max's disgust and chagrin.

Wes Anderson's off-kilter style, also seen in films such as `The Royal Tenenbaums' and `The Darjeeling Limited', was obviously honed on this movie. Schwartzman excels as the cocky but grating Max, and his friendship with Murray's disillusioned millionaire Blume is both affecting and slyly humourous. The film is at heart a darkly skewed comedy, but sometimes appears somewhat uncomfortable in its own skin, and occasionally tries to be too clever for its own good.

Ultimately Rushmore mostly succeeds as a quirky comedy-drama, and with appearances by the likes of Luke Wilson and Brian Cox in supporting roles, it is packed with contemporary and old-school talent, resulting in a mature yet fresh cinematic experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MissNinjaGeek on 1 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
I've been watching the films of Wes Anderson/Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman in a backwards manner. I really loved "The Life Aquatic" & "The Royal Tenenbaums", as well as Schwartzman in "I heart huckabees" so I decided that I wanted to watch everything else of theirs beforehand. If you liked any of these films, you will love this film too. It is interesting to see that there are certain themes which Anderson/Wilson have been developing for a while(for example, the whole aquatic/Jacques Costeau thing)and I love their unique, stylistic way of portraying things. These guys write scripts in a refreshing way and I hope you'll agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Buckley on 7 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
I found this film on VHS in my local bargain bin for 2, being a sort of on the spot compulsive buyer, I went for it.

As soon as 'Making Time' by Creation came on during the opening montage i knew i was going to love this film. The characters and interplay between them is superb (my particular favourite is the awkwardness between Ms.Cross and Max Fischer) and in my opinion, this is Bill Murray at his best (even better than lost in translation which I thought was brilliant).

The soundtrack is great, even the smallest cameos are well performed, and the director's idiosyncratic style shines through; if anything with more swagger and fun than any of his other films I've seen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Thompson on 27 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
I saw tenenbaums first - then life aquatic - then rushmore - maybe i saw them in the worng order.

Rushmore is without doubt a great film - but after having seen the other 2 they just all seem a little 'samey'.

His characters are unique, quirky and full of idiosynchracies, but before I even saw this film I was ready for that - so when the joyous character of max fischer was put upon me i felt like i was already prepared for his keen attitude and eager intelligence - which is a shame coz he is a great and probably the best one out of the 3 movies.

(max must be autobiographical for wes anderson- for such an 'nerd' at school to be portrayed soooooo confidently it had to be a case of the 'nerd at school comes good for anderson' personally. -i know exactly what he feels and would be something i would do too should i be writing a screen play.)

I just cant help but feel that from here on - (life aquatic onwards) he must need to diversify a little (which he did do to an extent with L Aquatic with some animation and a little more action gun fights to iggy pop in the background is always a good thing!) as the whole scenario of children and adults with very unusual behaviours and personalities from very well to do backgrounds - who are all gifted and successful - but never actually seem to do anything exciting in the film - is getting a little tired.

There is a lot of father-son relationships in his films, and always a love interest that is shared between 2 people. The central figure is always a male. And the lady in question is always a mild mannered, soft featured, waif like but strangely attractive woman.
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By parties on 29 July 2011
Format: DVD
Wee skidmark Max Fischer finds himself on the wrong side of the school authority after attempting to impress Miss Cross, who he thinks is the love of his life. This film has it all, and is an incredible breakthrough performance for Jason Schwartzman; I couldn't imagine anyone else portraying Max in a way where I want to hate him, feel sorry for him, laugh at him and fall in love with him all in under 2 hours.
Bill Murray plays Herman Blume, Max's only friend turned nemesis when he proves to be competition to gain the affection of Miss Cross.
The story is continuously over the top and at times somewhat unrealistic (aquarium in the sports field?), but at every point Max remains a character that everyone can relate to, either as a past version of themselves or maybe even what you are now. Again, as with Wes and Owen's previous and first script Bottle Rocket, the dialogue is hilarious and there are many a quotable moment. The performances are heartfelt and a character and location development change is clearly seen between Rushmore and Bottle Rocket with the setting being Wes' old school and each character having a history to explain why they are as dysfunctional as they are.
If you are a fan of Jason Schwartzman you should see this but be warned, Max is almost like the prelude to Gideon Graves of Scott Pilgrim vs The World - arrogant, eerie and selfish; so don't be let down by the realistic performance given by Schwartzman of a typical brat.
For those of you who are not fans of Schwartzman, unless you've saved Latin or written a hit play, I suggest you get onto watching this now.
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