The Royal Tenenbaums/Rushmore/The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [DVD]
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Box set containing three popular comedies from acclaimed director Wes Anderson. 'The Royal Tenebaums' (2002) is an Oscar-nominated comedy about an oddball New York family of former child geniuses. Before their marriage floundered, Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife Etheline (Angelica Huston) succeeded in raising three prodigies: business supremo Chas (Ben Stiller), prize-winning playwright Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) and tennis champion Richie (Luke Wilson). Now, after years of separation, and with the children grown-up and the memory of their prodigy faded, Royal returns to his family and tries to make amends. However, with Royal's history of lies and betrayal, his offspring - who all now have problems of their own - are going to have trouble welcoming him back. 'Rushmore' (1999) 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). Outside of school, Max is taken under the wing of middle-aged steel tycoon Herman Blume (Bill Murray), whose sons are boorish thugs. Things begin to go awry when Mr Blume falls for Miss Cross himself, and Max becomes unhinged with jealousy. His schemes to win the affections of his teacher grow ever more extreme, while his academic life threatens to collapse around him. Finally 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou' (2005) stars Bill Murray as internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou. Steve and his crew, Team Zissou, set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly non-existant Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their last adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline co-pilot who may or may not be Zissou's son (Owen Wilson), a beautiful journalist (Cate Blanchett) assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Zissou's estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy.
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If you have never seen any of these films, then you can't go far wrong with this collection. These are probably Wes Anderson's three most famous and highly regarded films, and they are all excellent. In particular I think the Life Aquatic is absolute genius, but everyone i know would probably pick a different favourite.
I would recommend, however, one film which is omitted is Anderson's first movie, Bottlerocket, which features many of the actors in these movies. It is, in my opinion, just as good as these, and if you enjoyed this collection then you should seek out Bottlerocket immediately.
Watch these if you liked Dr.Strangelove, In Bruges or maybe Coen Brothers films.