Director Wes Anderson and his longtime friend and writing partner Owen Wilson follow
up Bottle Rocket (1996) and Rushmore (1998) with this similarly offbeat comedy about
a dysfunctional family reunion. Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) was a successful attorney
who had three children with his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston), an archaeologist.
Each of the Tenenbaum kids was a precocious genius: Chas (Ben Stiller) made a killing
as a child investor. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior tennis champ and three-time
U.S. Nationals winner. The adopted Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright who won
a 50,000-dollar Braverman Grant in the ninth grade. When Royal abruptly left his family,
however, it was the beginning of two decades of betrayal and failure that would scar
the Tenenbaums for life. Their past resentments are bitterly held against Royal when
he suddenly reappears, claiming to have six weeks to live and a desire to reconnect
with his family. Typically, Royal's story is a sham, but his presence and sincere
desire for absolution soon have a profound effect on the Tenenbaums, who are each
dealing with thwarted desires and relationships. Among them are Richie's lifelong
love for Margot, who's unhappily married to Raleigh St.Clair (Bill Murray) and Etheline's
eccentric engagement to Henry Sherman (Danny Glover), who wishes to marry her. The
Royal Tenenbaums also co-stars Owen Wilson and features narration provided by Alec
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom
tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and
run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down,
a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned
upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff.
Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray
the young girl's parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman,
and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.
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