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The Royal Tenenbaums [Paperback]

Wes Anderson , Owen Wilson
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14 Jan 2002
Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children - Chas, Richie and Margo - and then they separated. Chas started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie was a junior champion tennis player and won the US Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure and disaster. The Royal Tenenbaums is the story of the family's sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (14 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571215459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571215454
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The film of the year... The Royal Tenenbaums speaks in its own singular voice: at once tender and probing, mindful of New York and its special mixture of grit and glory but confident enough to mould it into a big, faded magic playhouse.' Film Comment 'Wes Anderson's first unqualified masterpiece.' Los Angeles Daily News 'A terrific film that has to be seen twice: first to be dazzled, then to be moved.' Premiere"

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Wes Anderson is the director and co-writer, along with Owen Wilson, of "Bottle Rocket "and "Rushmore."

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars under-appreciated classic 20 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
this hugely funny film's screenplay is a must read for any real film-fan, or just someone looking for a good laugh. the humour is probably more subtle than a lot of films, that is why a lot of people have told you they didn't like it - they didn't get it.
there are some great lines, especially from royal tenenbaum some simply because of his insensitivity, but margot's unfeeling nature is brilliant too. also the sheer ludicrity of some situations, and the tension created make for hilarious passages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a novel... 2 May 2002
By Debra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It is the screenplay of the movie, the same one that should have won the Oscar this year. For people who haven't seen the movie, reading the screenplay first may not be such a great idea. I know this movie went over a lot of people's heads, and I'm not positive one can fully appreciate the story from just reading it. However, I definately recommend reading it after seeing the movie, there is so much great dialogue that is easily missed and a lot of subtle humor that is more obvious written on the page. This was one of the best movies of 2001 and the screenplay is a great way to appreciate it again while waiting for the dvd.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Wes Anderson fans. 2 Oct 2007
By Mint910 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My favorite thing about this screenplay is being able to read scenes that did not end up in the movie or the deleted scenes. I would recommend this for any Royal Tenebaums or Wes Anderson fan.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb and Unique Screenplay 9 Jan 2003
By Michael Crane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The Royal Tenenbaums" is really a great and clever film. Although it's not really classified as a solid comedy, it had me laughing aloud from start to finish. Then again, I like that weird kind of humor. To me, it was just a great film that took chances. It wasn't out to win a popularity contest. Wes Anderson makes films the way he envisions them and the way he wants them to be.
The thing that stands out the most in "The Royal Tenenbaums" is the brilliant script that was written by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson. The dialogue witty and realistic, and each character stands out and leaves an impression on us.
The story is about Royal Tenenbaum and his dysfunctional family. Him and his wife separated many years ago, but the divorce was never final. His wife, Etheline, kept the house and raised the children by herself. They each reached to fame in some way or another, but not without problems lurking about. After many years have passed, Royal finds out that Etheline has been asked to take somebody's hand in marriage. Royal comes up with a scheme on how to get himself back into the picture, bringing forth a crazy and unexpected family reunion like you have never seen.
With only set directions and dialogue, this reads more like a play. There are no camera angels, which is why it reads like a script for a play. You'll appreciate it more if you've seen the movie, but reading it is just as enriching and enjoyable to me. You get to relive your favorite moments and exchanges through words.
"The Royal Tenenbaums" by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson is a magnificent screenplay and can be enjoyed many times over. With great dialogue exchanges, characters, and out-of-control and unpredictable situations, this is a screenplay worth reading over and over again. A work of art, if you ask me.
Favorite line from the movie: "Anybody feel like grabbing a couple of burgers and hitting the cemetery?" - Royal Tenenbaum
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's ideal 17 Mar 2014
By Anthony - Published on Amazon.com
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I only had to wait about 3 days for the RT screenplay to arrive. I at first thought it may have been a mistake to order it, considering how I've seen the film 200+ times, however it ended up proving to be an interesting read because of the scenes an dialogue that are included that aren't used in the final edit. If you enjoy reading screenplays, and are hoping to try our hand at it yourself, Wilson and Anderson's work here is an ideal point of reference.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great screenplay. 20 Feb 2002
By "mikejrichards" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A great screenplay for a great movie worth the money for sure.
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