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  • Dir. Wes Anderson
  • USA
  • 1999
  • 93 min.
  • R
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of 1999 and Music City Mondays

The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student — and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, RUSHMORE defies categorization, capturing the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth and cinematic panache.

A bittersweet tale about growing up, anchored by sensational turns from the cast and a pitch-perfect script.” —Cory Woodroof, USA Today

“There's a danger of overselling Anderson's sweet-hearted, loony little fantasy, but everything — from the soundtrack of '60s Brit bands with their jangly anthems of angsty love to Robert Yeoman's slightly hyper-real photography — fits perfectly.” —Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“There's a sweet humanity about the picture, though it's anything but sentimental.” —Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle