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Movie Review: Rushmore (1998)

Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray in Wes Anderson's "Rushmore"

Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray in Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore”

Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman in his first acting role) is a tenth grade student attending Rushmore Academy. He’s the founder of most of the extracurricular activities at the school. From the editor of the yearbook and newspaper to a director of the school plays, Max feels like he has a great future ahead of him. However, he doesn’t give a damn on how much it affects his grades. Then, Max is put on academic probation. When he falls for a first grade teacher named Ms. Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams), he comes to realize his new friend Herman Blume (Bill Murray) is also in love with the teacher.

After the financial flop known as Bottle Rocket, Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson intended to make their second film as their own “heighten reality, like in a Roald Dahl children’s book”. Even for a movie starring Bill Murray, Rushmore became a better financial success. Paying tribute to two of Wes Anderson’s favorite movies, Harold and Maude and The Graduate, this movie is his first fantastic movie. Featuring naturally beautiful scenery/sets, two fantastic performances by Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, and a wonderful soundtrack, Rushmore is a moving coming-of-age tale about a kid who wants to be successful in life.

4/4

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