The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

Wes Anderson (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Produced and directed by the hugely talented Wes Anderson and co-written with actor and regular collaborator Owen Wilson, this is the much anticipated follow-up to Rushmore, one of the quirkier American films of the late 1990s. The Royal Tenenbaums is no less quirky. It's a story about a gifted but dysfunctional New York family that is reunited when estranged patriarch Gene Hackman feigns terminal illness. An ambitiously original ensemble comedy, it is related in an episodic, storybook format with off-screen narration from Alec Baldwin. This stylised presentation suggests that the interlocking subplots involving the various Tenenbaums - Gwyneth Paltrow's foundering marriage to Bill Murray; Ben Stiller's paranoia; Luke Wilson's deepening depression - will be resolved in a detached fashion, without warmth or the audience's empathy. That is not so. As the narrative builds, the atmosphere thaws and something like poetry unfolds. Immaculately written and brilliantly performed (with Hackman, especially, on magnificent form), this extraordinary fable restores one's faith in American cinema.


Three former child geniuses all grow up to be emotionally dysfunctional adults. Meanwhile, their estranged father learns his ex-wife is planning to remarry, so he pretends to be dying in a bid to regain his family's sympathy - and stop the wedding. Wes Anderson's comedy, starring Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller and Luke Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Royal Tenenbaum Gene Hackman
Etheline Tenenbaum Anjelica Huston
Chas Tenenbaum Ben Stiller
Margot Tenenbaum Gwyneth Paltrow
Eli Cash Owen Wilson
Raleigh St Clair Bill Murray
Henry Sherman Danny Glover
Richie Tenenbaum Luke Wilson
Pagoda Kumar Pallana
Dusty Seymour Cassel
Narrator Alec Baldwin
Ari Tenenbaum Grant Rosenmeyer
Director Wes Anderson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Mar 2002
Drama Comedy