U.S., 1998, 93 min, 35mm, Dir. Wes Anderson, Rated R, Buena Vista Pictures
“Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call. Anderson, the director and co-writer, and Wilson, co-writer, have a vision like no one else's.” – Desson Thompson, Washington Post
Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a 10th grader at Rushmore Academy, is involved in nearly every extracurricular activity the school has to offer: from school publications to fencing and even beekeeping. It all makes sense since he’s applying for early admission to Oxford (Harvard is his safety). There’s just one problem: Max is the worst student in the school and has been placed on sudden-death academic probation. Meanwhile, Max strikes up a friendship with Herman Blume (Bill Murray) that turns into a rivalry as they compete for the affections of first-grade teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams). Co-written by Owen Wilson and marking the beginning of Wes Anderson’s fruitful collaboration with Bill Murray, Rushmore is a clever examination of the kind of person who wants to excel in every field but is just not good at any of them and won’t let that dampen his enthusiasm. It’s now 20 years old and just as fun now as it was back then – especially on the 35mm print on which it'll be shown.
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