The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

DVD - 2002
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LPL_WilliamO May 22, 2019

The scene where Gwyneth Paltrow steps off the Green Line bus and "These Days" by Nico plays. Forever memorable. If you enjoy dysfunctional families, absurd situations, and dark comedy, this film is for you.

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marieloudavril
Apr 14, 2018

The movie get better and better as you keep watching it. Good acting and funny by moments. Family story with their problems and trying to reconcile the hurt from each others. Great sensitivity and different emotions. worth it to persevere to watch it until the end.

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Nursebob
Apr 01, 2018

Directed and co-written by Wes Anderson, this kaleidoscopic montage of quirky visuals and stilted dialogue moves at such a breakneck pace you hardly notice the dearth of emotional content beneath all the gimmickry. The all-star cast emote and grimace on cue but aside from Hackman and Huston they’re all idiosyncrasy without much substance. Royal was a terrible father and his children are paying the price, that much is clear, but without more illumination the scars they bear are just so much cinematic excess—Stiller rants and pouts, Paltrow stares and pouts, Wilson just pouts. Anderson’s signature panache is in full evidence however as New York is given a capricious fairy tale sheen and everyone seems suspended in a retro time bubble. Unfortunately this is a film in need of an anchor, or at least a cohesive point of reference, and without either one its actors are left in limbo and all those final resolutions seem pat and dry.

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jeffi22
Jan 20, 2018

Not bad, typical wes Anderson... slow, long takes, overdramatic dialogues, character development, fashion, little plot. Good if you like him/that style

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RoyalJellyIII
Sep 06, 2017

Best Wes Anderson film in my book , long takes with great talent ( Angelica Houston & Gene Hackman ) play off each other's talent . Wilson , Paltrow, and as always B. Murray give great performances in this dark comedy.

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BenHarrison20
Mar 21, 2017

Is this movie really as good as people say it is? Yep.

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Matinee
Mar 13, 2017

The Royal Tenenbaums is one of my favorite movies. The first time I watched it, I tried to figure out where it was going. That was a mistake. You will enjoy it more if you just relax and appreciate the dialogue, performances and director/co-writer Wes Anderson's exquisite attention to detail. Don't overthink it. The movie is about a family of former child prodigies. With the exception of the matriarch Etheline, all of the family members have failed to grow up or are struggling with adulthood. Gene Hackman's performance as the patriarch Royal is perfect. I recommend The Royal Tenenbaums for people who like independent film comedies (I'm surprised it is classified as a drama here) and/or movies about dysfunctional families. It is rated R for some language, sexuality/nudity and drug content.

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readyrisa
Jan 04, 2017

Really tried to enjoy and understand this movie... but I just couldn't. Was bored.. couldn't finish it either.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 02, 2016

A family of child prodigies is in conflict after their father gets sick. With it's beautiful shots, scenes, and characters, the audience is thrown in this world where love comes in secrets and surprises. An all-star cast embodies the now-adult geniuses, and Anderson tells the story of their lives.
- @spaghettibro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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rtnikko
May 11, 2016

My all time fav Wes Anderson film. Every detail is perfectly arranged. Every character is perfectly flawed. A quirky and beautiful family tale.

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EMP_0
Dec 13, 2014

This movie was unbearable. The narration wasn't necessary, as a matter of fact it was obnoxious!
What do you call the beginning of a new scene showing a chapter of a book? Whoever put this together is as dysfunctional as this family.
A father who cheats out his son and wife, the wife cheats on her husband, another one who's in love with his sister, the sister can't seem to get her act straight and cheats on her husband, has a lover and is in love with her brother (I don't care if she is adopted); talk about incest. And she has relations with men and women. The older who's obsessed with drills and is a bitter man. Their friend who's a drunk and takes drugs and that Indian dude that's the right hand of the father, stabs him twice. I can't forget the black lover of the mom that snooped around to find out the Dad wasn't really sick.
All those years he was the accountant and now he tells her he's in love with her? Why, because the father wasn't in the picture?
The only sane one's were the boys and the jury's still out on them; with a family like that they're going to be as crazy as the rest.
I can't forget to mention, they were worried about smoking than the mess they had made of their lives.
Who wrote this insanity of a movie?

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jmredhouse
Sep 02, 2014

This is my favorite of all the Wes Anderson movies. Each character has a sarcastic and comedic personality, as well as a vulnerable need to be accepted by their parents and eachother. I think anyone can enjoy watching this movie.

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dickalan
Aug 30, 2014

Sweet sweet awesome sauce!

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tazertondo
Aug 27, 2012

its very smart, funny, visually intresting with the costumes matching the set and the unique color palette and the soundtrack fits really well-its wes anderson

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solasistim4
Jun 24, 2012

Loved this movie, these guys were such odd ball

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animefan
Nov 09, 2011

this is one of my favorite shows. I watch it at least every other month. the cast is fantastic, but the way it was filmed it is full of charm and a real feel for how this family ticks. makes me wish I was a Tenenbaum too! my personal advice is to watch it twice some people just don't get it the first time. I also own the soundtrack and it gets regular play as well.

diepie Sep 07, 2011

I love this movie. It is probably in my top 10. Great cast, unique sound track, I even appreciate the narrater. Funny, however some might not understand this type of humor. If you like the movie 'Life Aquatic' you will equally enjoy this.

bibliophile80 Aug 31, 2011

I wonder what this movie is about.

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reviewer
Jan 24, 2008

Highly original, with a strong cast and pleasingly oddball characters and narration.


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