Rushmore

Rated R 93 minutes 1998

Wes Anderson's second feature (1998) has some of the charm and youthful comic energy of its predecessor (Bottle Rocket), also coscripted by Owen Wilson, but it also represents a quantum leap. Jason Schwartzman plays an ambitious working-class tenth grader who's flunking out of a private school—the Rushmore of the title—because he's too engrossed in extracurricular activities. To make matters worse, he develops a crush on a young widow (Olivia Williams) who's a grammar-school teacher there. His two best friends are a schoolmate who's much younger and a disaffected millionaire alumnus (Bill Murray) who's much older, and part of the lift of this movie is that it creates a utopian democracy among different age groups. Things come to a crisis when the millionaire becomes the hero's romantic rival. Stylistically fresh and full of sweetness that never cloys, this is contemporary Hollywood filmmaking at its near best.

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Director: Wes Anderson

Writer: Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson

Producer: Wes Anderson, John Cameron, Barry Mendel, Paul Schiff and Owen Wilson

Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox, Mason Gamble, Sara Tanaka, Stephen McCole, Ronnie McCawley, Keith McCawley, Connie Nielsen and Kim Terry

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