The Royal Tenenbaums

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Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children--Chas, Richie, and Margot--they were a family of geniuses and then they separated. Chas started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have had a preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot was a playwright and received a Braverman grant of fifty thousand dollars in the ninth grade. Richie was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. 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. Most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. The tale follows the family's sudden and unexpected reunion one recent winter.


  • Gene Hackman
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Ben Stiller
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Luke Wilson
  • Owen Wilson
  • Bill Murray
  • Danny Glover
  • Seymour Cassel
  • Kumar Pallana

Did You Know?


  • The scene where Richie (Luke Wilson) punches the glass in Mordecai's pen was unscripted, this was improvised by Wilson on the spot, and the scene quickly cuts to Richie and Ralleigh (Bill Murray) talking up close, this is because when Wilson punched the glass, co-writer and director Wes Anderson thought he seriously hurt himself.
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  • Royal's cigarette jumps from his hand to the ashtray repeatedly when he is having a conference with his three children.
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    • [to Richie]
    • Eli: I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum, you know?
    • [quietly]
    • Royal: Me too. Me too.
    • Eli: It doesn't mean what it used to though, does it?
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Along with his writing partner, actor Owen Wilson, who also plays (hilariously) a supporting role in the film, Anderson reveals himself to be a highly original comic talent, impressive both for his strongly controlled deadpan style and for providing a sense of emotional heft lacking in most mainstream film comedies.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter

You'll laugh, you'll cry -- the year's best movie.

Metacritic review by Lou Lumenick
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Exists on a knife edge between comedy and sadness. There are big laughs, and then quiet moments when we're touched.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times