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The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

Date: Jan 09 2002


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The Royal Tenenbaums is a comedy about a crazy family and how they deal with each other. Check out Tanis’ reaction to the movie.


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Miguel:  Tanis, I heard you saw The Royal Tenenbaums.* What’d you think?

Tanis:  Well, I thought it was real quirky, but that’s what I expect from Wes Anderson.

Miguel:  What do you mean by quirky?

Tanis:  Well, it was just, uh, a lot of really bizarre characters in unusual situations, not what you expect.

Miguel:  Wasn’t _Gwyneth Paltrow in that movie?

Tanis:  Oh yeah. She was. She played the adopted daughter.

Miguel:  I love Gwyneth. Was she good?

Tanis:  Yeah she was. The role didn’t give her a lot of breathing room. She was a depressed, neurotic, daughter in this dysfunctional family.

Miguel:  Who else is in it?

Tanis:  Oh, There’s an all-star cast, Miguel. There’s like, um, old timers, Gene Hackman and Anjelica Huston and then, um, Luke and Owen Wilson. They’re kind of hip on the Hollywood scene. Oh, and _Ben Stiller. He’s great.

Miguel:  Oh, he’s hilarious. Was he funny in this movie?

Tanis:  Yeah, he had some anger management issues, but he was pretty fun to watch.

Miguel:  So I feel like you’re telling me I should see this movie.

Tanis:  Well, I think that you should see it, but it’s real different and you have to have kind of a dark sense of humor to like it.



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The Royal Tenenbaums is about a family of geniuses. Each child of the family has a talent. Luke Wilson’s character is a tennis star, Gwyneth Paltrow’s a playwright, and Ben Stiller is a businessman. The family doesn’t see eye to eye all the time and they don’t know how to function in society.
If you liked the movie Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums is supposed to be even funnier. Would you like to share something with us? Go to the Movie Madness message board and post your opinion today!
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