Wes Anderson’s dazzling sophomore effort is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion, and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization even as it captures the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache. —The Criterion Collection
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Anderson was interested in filmmaking and performance from a young age, shooting crude Super-8 movies and staging elaborate school plays. As a philosophy student at the University of Texas at Austin, Anderson found a kindred spirit in classmate Owen Wilson, who shared the director’s passion for playwriting and watching classic films of the ‘70s. The two became roommates and lingered at UT; as Anderson honed his skills at a local public access television station and Wilson performed in local stage productions. The duo then set out to shoot a full-length script they wrote, titled Bottle Rocket, recruiting two of Wilson’s brothers, Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson, to perform. Despite Andrew’s production connections in Austin, however, the team eventually ran out of film stock and funds, and they had to edit their footage into a 13-minute short. The black-and-white production eventually found its way to fellow Texan filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson, a family friend… read more
I can't believe how much glee this film makes me feel on its umpteenth viewing. I consider Bill Murray to be an American hero and he's never been better than he is here. One of the best, or at least the most genuine, feel-good movies ever.
Personaggi talmente improponibili da risultare deliziosi,dialoghi al limite del surreale,carrellate fantastiche,caratterizzazione stupenda,mai un minuto di noia: semplicemente Wes Anderson. Scene impossibili da non amare(le passerelle di Max,il suo discorso di insediamento,i gesti di Herman...) e un finale magnifico nella sua semplicità.Tutto dosato alla perfezione per un regista che è una garanzia di qualità.4*
Rushmore would seem to be exactly the sort of film that would appeal to me. It’s a stylized and ironic comedy that intelligently addresses multilayered themes. Director Wes Anderson shows the visual… read review
RUSHMORE is easily Wes Anderson’s strongest film, and while his later works have been more concerned with being eccentric both visually and in term of narrative, this one finds the perfect balance… read review
There are not many perfect films (North by Northwest, 2001, Citizen Kane come to mind), but I consider Rushmore to be one of them. Anderson’s storytelling, the soundtrack and performances are all… read review