Hackman, Anjelica Houston, Gwenyth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover,
Owen Wilson, Kumar Pallana and Bill Murray
Directed By: Wes Anderson
By: Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson
speaking? The Royal Tenenbaums is a bonifide hootenanny! Set like a
twisted fable we meet the Tenenbaums, a dysfunctional family of tremendous proportions
and individual talents. They are a family made up of odd characters each with
a decidedly different talent and genius. The monarch of the family is a shady
fellow named Royal.
aka, Royal (Gene Hackman) is definitely not the leading contender for Parenting
Magazine's coveted Dad of the Year award. He has no interest in his three extraordinary
kids. There are two boys, Chas, (Ben Stiller) and Ritchie (Luke Wilson) and a
girl Margot (Gwenyth Paltrow). He's content to run around town gallivanting, gambling
and generally making an ass of himself
He loves life like a guy at the racetrack
on Christmas day- clueless to the pain he's causing loved one's but what the f***
he's having a great time!
children Chas, Ritchie, and Margot are unique and considered genius'. Chas has
a knack for finance and is a millionaire by 12. Ritchie's is one of the world's
finest tennis players by 12. Margot is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright by
12. Their mother, Etheline (Anjelica Houston), manages their "careers."
Etheline is not exactly the cookies and PTA meeting style parent either but, as
distant as she keeps herself, she at least seems to love the kids.
film whips us through their hysterical childhoods (dysfunctionality = humor no?)
and settles in the present. All grown up now, the three are now simply strange
and a bit sad. They grasp onto their past successes and for the most part are
caricatures of themselves
is going along quite redundantly until one day when Etheline has an offer of marriage
from her handsome accountant Henry (Danny Glover). Royal, who has been separated
from Etheline and the "kids" for 22 years, hears of this injustice and
suddenly finds himself desiring her
connives to get back into the house by faking a terminal illness. Thusly he and
his accomplice, Pagoda (Kumar Pallana), who's kind of a double agent working in
the household, can work on winning her back for him...Delusional is always a bad
mix with disfunctional.
Tenenbaum "kids" now in their thirties (respectively) and currently
living apart (pysically and literally), come together for various reasons so that
the whole motley crew is once again under one shaky roof and the hilarity begins.
(Ben "it was a prostetic penis in the zipper for Christ sakes already!"
Stiller) is still a financial wiz but has picked up the idiosyncrasy of being
manic obsessive with fitness and safety. He's the bitter child. A tad hostile
towards his quazi- father for the utter disinterest and desertion Royal left him
(Luke "slurp" Wilson) is now a washed up pro Tennis player who has disappeared
to the sea to try and forget his troubles
third child, Margot (Gwenyth "I'm not Cate Blanchette, or Cameron Diaz -
I'm the other blonde one!" Paltrow), is still a sullen dramatic gal who chain
smokes and looks as if she dresses from the book of Edward Gorey. One almost hears
the Death March piped in around her when she graces the screen. Not a cheerful
gal is all I'm saying.
the Tenenbaum reunion does not go unnoticed by their way-out-there neighbor and
longtime family friend Eli Cash (Owen "Inspector Clouseau nose" Wilson).
He's wooing Margot, but seems to be more interested in Ritchie. Ritchie's mad
for Margot, Margot's mad for melancholy, and Chas just seems mad.
Royal win back the woman he never really cared about? Will the Tenenbaum kids
diss the current functions in their mediocre lives and invest in some group counseling?
Will Eli be able to sell his classic artwork on Ebay when he grows bored with
it? Go see and find out for yourselves.
each character is radiant and filled with wit this is really Gene Hackman's show.
His Royal Tenenbaum was just wonderful to watch. A tough crass bad ass that runs
amuck in life leaving droppings of charisma where ever he's been.
Owen Wilson as Eli Cash finally impressed me. I love the guy's writing,
don't get me wrong, it's just his films that he stars in that I never dig. Hmm.
Luke Wilson (brother
of Owen) on the other hand
mmmm now that's a bit a good man slice; a scrumptious
hearty manstew of peppery yum! I always enjoy his work. He reminds me of Ed
Burns - but without that annoying voice and weasely glare.
Paltrow is adorable as the sullen Margot. A mix of O'Neillian despair and
Shakespearean drama presented themselves comically as she brought her depression
to a level of delightful absurdity!
Houston, whom I adore, was her usual uncanny self. There's nothing this dame can't
do, and here she waltzes through her role. A consummate actor.
whole thing is brilliantly askew. You'll want to watch the sets for great art,
tidbits of mayhem and funny sketches that are placed for those looking
Royal Tenenbaums is one hell of a comedy. Enjoy!
Recommendation: Cheeseburgers and Martinis