Wes Anderson's 2001 follow-up to Rushmore is a solid piece of entertainment in the same general mode, though disappointing insofar as it moves the earlier film's stylistic freshness into a kind of formula, increasing the overall cuteness while reducing the sense of adolescent despair. Not that the extended dysfunctional New York family of the title are happy campers by any means; like Salinger's Glass family, they're a disarming mix of prodigal talents, crippling incapacities, and diverging ethnicities. The movie's affection for them all is certainly infectious, and the cast is wonderful: Danny Glover, Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson. Whatever my qualms, it's still one of the funniest comedies around.
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
Producer: Barry Mendel, Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Rudd Simmons and Owen Wilson
Cast: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, Seymour Cassel, Kumar Pallana, Alec Baldwin, Grant Rosenmeyer, Jonah Meyerson and Stephen Lea Sheppard