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Max Fischer, the hero of "Rushmore,'' is an activity jock, one of those kids too bright and restless to color inside the lines. Although he's a lousy student, that doesn't stop him from organizing a movement to keep Latin on the curriculum of his exclusive prep school. His grades are so bad, he's on "sudden death probation,'' but in his spare time, he edits the school magazine and runs the fencing club, the beekeeping club, the karate team, the French club and the Max Fischer Players. With his bushy eyebrows and black horn-rims, he looks a little like a young Benjamin Braddock from "The Graduate.'' Max, played by Jason Schwartzman , has a secret. He's in the exclusive Rushmore Academy on a scholarship; his dad is a barber. Always dressed in a tie and snappy blazer (unless in costume for one of his activities), he speaks with an unnerving maturity and is barely able to conceal his feelings of superiority for the headmaster ( Brian Cox ) and other adults, who enforce their stuffy rules because they are not, and never were, able to work without a net the way Max can.

Then Max encounters a problem even he cannot outflank. Reading a book in the school library, he finds a quote by Jacques Cousteau written in the margin. The book was recently checked out, he discovers, by Miss Cross ( Olivia Williams ), a first-grade teacher at Rushmore. She is, he finds, incredibly beautiful, and he falls instantly in love, devising a scheme to attract her attention by running a campaign for a school aquarium. Among the potential donors is a steel tycoon named Blume ( Bill Murray ). Murray has kids in Rushmore, but hates them. Soon he, too, is in love with Miss Cross.

Up until this point, even a little further, "Rushmore'' has a kind of effortless grace. Max Fischer emerges as not just a brainy comic character, but as a kid who could do anything, if he weren't always trying to do everything. It's ingenious the way he uses his political and organizing abilities to get his way with people, how he enlists a younger student ( Mason Gamble ) as his gofer, how he reasons patiently with the headmaster and thinks he can talk Miss Cross into being his girlfriend. ("Max, has it ever occurred to you that you're far too young for me?'') Blume is played by Murray with the right note to counter Max's strategies. He is, essentially, a kid himself--immature, vindictive, lovestruck, self-centered, physically awkward, but with years more experience in getting his way. (Still, he winds up hiding from life at the bottom of a swimming pool, just like Benjamin in "The Graduate.'') The movie turns into a strategic duel between Max and Blume, and that could be funny, too, except that it gets a little mean when Max spills the beans to Blume's wife, and feels too contrived. When plotting replaces stage-setting and character development, the air goes out of the movie.

"Rushmore'' was directed by Wes Anderson and written by Anderson and his college friend Owen Wilson . It's their second film, after the slight but engaging "Bottle Rocket'' (1996). The legend of that film is well known, and suggests that Anderson and Wilson may have a little of Max Fischer in their own personalities--the film may have elements of self-portraiture.

They were friends at the University of Texas who made a short film, pitched it to screenwriter L.M. "Kit'' Carson, got his encouragement, took it to the Sundance Film Festival and cornered director James L. Brooks ("As Good As It Gets''), who liked it enough to help them get financing for a feature from Columbia Pictures. I am writing this review at Sundance, where I have met a lot of kids trying to pitch their sort of films and get production deals, and having a good film is not enough: You also need the relentless chutzpah of a Max Fischer.

Bill Murray has a way of turning up in perfect smaller roles; he stars in his own films, but since "Tootsie,'' he has made supporting roles into a sort of parallel career. His Blume admires and hates Max for the same reason: because he is reminded of himself. There are times where Blume looks at Max with a combination of hatred and admiration; he's frustrated in his desire to win Miss Cross for himself, but from an objective viewpoint can't resist admiring his strategy.

Anderson and Wilson are good offbeat filmmakers. They fill the corners of their story with nice touches, like the details of Max's wildly overambitious stage production of "Serpico.'' But their film seems torn between conflicting possibilities: It's structured like a comedy, but there are undertones of darker themes, and I almost wish they'd allowed the plot to lead them into those shadows. The Max Fischer they give us is going to grow up into Benjamin Braddock. But there is an unrealized Max who would have become Charles Foster Kane.

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On Dec. 11, 1998, Touchstone Pictures unveiled Wes Anderson's Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray starrer in theaters.

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'Rushmore' (1998)

On Dec. 11, 1998, Touchstone Pictures unveiled Wes Anderson’s Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray starrer Rushmore in theaters, where it would go on to gross $17 million domestically. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below:

This sophomore feature from director Wes Anderson ( Bottle Rocket ) is an unusually stylish and quirky comedy that represents a significant marketing challenge for Touchstone Pictures.

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Jason Schwartzman, making an auspicious screen debut, plays Max Fischer, a bespectacled l0th-grader at the upscale, snotty Rushmore Academy. Max is not exactly an academic star, but he has other talents — many of them. In fact, his extracurricular activities, from editing the school newspaper to founding clubs devoted to activities ranging from debating to dodge ball, are so legion that he’s neglected his studies to the degree that he’s on the verge of getting expelled. His most passionate energies are devoted to the Max Fischer Players, a school theatrical group for whom he has the temerity to stage elaborate (and hilariously rendered) adaptations of Serpico and Apocalypse Now . Her man Blume (Murray), a restless business tycoon and the father of two underachieving sons also at Rushmore, attends one of Max’s productions and, spotting a kindred spirit, becomes a mentor and friend to the young man.

That friendship is sorely tested by the beautiful Miss Cross (Olivia Williams), on whom Max develops a powerful crush. At first, Blume watches Max’s romantic efforts with some degree of bemusement, but eventually he himself succumbs to Miss Cross’ charms and Max grows increasingly resentful of his new friend’s betrayal.

Williams is highly appealing as the teacher with a tragedy in her past; the actress seems to have survived her debut in The Postman handily. British actor Brian Cox scores major laughs with his portrayal of an endlessly flustered headmaster, and Seymour Cassel brings his weathered charm to the small role of Max’s father, a barber.

Anderson and Owen Wilson’s concise screenplay deftly avoids sentimentality but somehow manages to be touching anyway. The former’s astute direction displays an excellent knack for visual as well as verbal gags, and Robert Yeoman’s widescreen lensing is unusually beautiful and textured for a comedy. The musical score, which includes many British pop classics, is another plus. —  Frank Scheck, originally published on Oct. 13, 1998.

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My favourite film: Rushmore

I remember going into the cinema to watch Rushmore with no expectations. I hadn't read any reviews, nor had I seen Bottle Rocket, director Wes Anderson 's first film. But as soon as the opening scene started rolling, and we settled down to watch Max Fischer completing " probably the hardest geometry equation in the world " (before having that whipped from under our feet as we realise he's only dreaming), I knew I was going to love it.

For starters, there's the cast. Bill Murray . Here he's on magisterial form as self-made millionaire industrialist Herman Bloom ("Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs and take them down"). That's enough right there to know that this is a great film. He's mean, selfish and bullying, but also kind, warm and generous with his time and money. His comic timing is as brilliant as always – watch him fall over a fence, and you would think he had invented slapstick.

Jason Schwartzman – who has gone on to have a distinctly underwhelming career – had never appeared on screen before, but as Max he's perfect: a young boy we come to simultaneously adore and pity, run to and from. Max is obsessed with the eponymous Rushmore Academy ("I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then do it for the rest of your life. For me, it's going to Rushmore.").


He is captain of everything from the fencing team to the bee-keeping society , but is permanently on the point of expulsion because he is all endeavour and no grades. Even as his crazed passion for the school threatens to derail his life, we sympathise with him, and want him to come out on top.

Around these two leads orbits a cast that includes the preternaturally English Olivia Williams as Rushmore teacher Rosemary Cross, Seymour Cassel as Max's father and Brian Cox as the headmaster who comes to regret giving young Max a scholarship. There are also perfect miniature performances from Mason Gamble as Max's chapel partner (for a child actor, he deadpans lines like "with friends like you, who needs friends?" as if he had been born to play the straight man), and from Sara Tanaka as our hero's eventual love interest.

Rushmore is also something of a high-water mark for Anderson, who is the inadvertent godfather of an irritatingly quirky school of US cinema that grew out of the late 1990s and came to give us such annoying films as Napoleon Dynamite and I Heart Huckabees. I don't even really like his subsequent films, each seemingly more self-conscious and arch than the last. But here his direction is perfect. He doesn't force his characters to be weird. He just lets them be.

Rushmore is a film about obsession, and the relationship between Max and Bloom is the driving force behind the drama, going from love to hate, and back again. One is a 15-year-old boy, the other a 50-year-old man, but for the entirety of the film it's unclear who is the adult, particularly when they're competing for the affection of Ms Cross. At one point Max fills Bloom's hotel room with bees, to which Bloom responds by repeatedly driving over his love rival's bicycle, only to later find the brake cables on his Bentley cut. All this to win the heart of a recently widowed woman still struggling to cope with her loss. Incidentally, when you see Ms Cross teaching an art class, wearing an oversized man's shirt turned backwards and covered in flecks of paint, you understand the lengths to which they will go for her.

Rushmore is a film of these small, beautifully observed touches, with an unimprovable soundtrack arranged by Mark Mothersbaugh. The scene in which Bill Murray aimlessly throws golf balls into his swimming pool while drinking whiskey as he is forced to endure his wife flirting with her tennis coach, before performing a dive bomb off the high board, fag in mouth, tells us everything about his despair. This is all backed by Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl by The Kinks, which is just so right.


But nothing compares to the moment towards the end when Bloom learns that Max's father is not the brain surgeon he has constantly claimed him to be, but is instead a barber (it might be obligatory to preface that with humble, but there's no need here, for he is surely the humblest man to have had any job, anywhere, ever). Murray's face collapses for the barest of milliseconds , before recomposing itself. He immediately understands why Max has been lying, absorbs it, and loves him all the more for it. I've rewatched that scene numerous times, and I'm pretty sure it can't be beaten.

And then there are the set-piece school plays, which Max writes and directs like some kind of deluded Orson Welles. These are works of a quality surely never achieved in any actual school. His Serpico – complete with undercover nun – is a minor masterpiece. It is then followed by an excruciating scene in which Max drunkenly turns on a doctor friend of Ms Cross – played by Anderson regular Luke Wilson – who she has brought along to see the play ("I like your nurse's uniform, guy." "These are OR scrubs" "O R they?").

But the crowning glory is Max's Vietnam play, Heaven and Hell , which he makes in part as a eulogy to Bloom ("Were you in the shit?" "Yeah, I was in the shit.") Were it to be made for real it would surely rival Apocalypse Now for its insights into the minds of American soldiers. American soldiers faced by a schoolgirl sniper, obviously.

In truth, Rushmore is slight, and silly, and occasionally a little mannered. But few films are as generous to the geeks who never inherit the earth, and who struggle even to work out how to occupy their little corner of it. It ends perfectly for such an ensemble piece with the entire cast on stage, as the Faces sing, "I wish that I knew what I knew now, when I was younger". Amen to that.

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Parents need to know that Rushmore is a quirky 1998 comedy that was Academy Award-nominated director Wes Anderson's second feature (this one written with Owen Wilson). A 15-year-old who is both wise beyond his years and childishly selfish and annoying tries to negotiate school and the adult world. His odd…

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It's important to apologize and to forgive. Artists should be given leeway for their personality flaws. Friendships can survive betrayal and other conflicts if people care enough. People who are not meant to be together romantically can sometimes still be friends.

Positive Role Models

Max is an annoying, lying, condescending, pushy, arrogant, and manipulative 15-year-old with unrealistic expectations who is also smart enough to learn quickly from his mistakes and turn himself around. His metamorphosis from self-centered go-getter to a kinder egomaniac with executive capabilities epitomizes the movie's theme: the making of an artist is a messy business. Bert is a loving and encouraging parent. Herman is a supportive friend with human foibles. Rosemary stands up for herself but with kindness and forbearance. Dirk apologizes and forgives Max.

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Max's mother died of cancer when he was young, and Rosemary's young husband drowned, both before the action begins. Herman deliberately drives his car over Max's bike. Max tampers with the brakes on his friend's car, causing an accident with no injuries. Max shoots the ear of an enemy with a BB rifle, then asks him to be in a play. The description of someone getting his finger blown off during a play rehearsal is mentioned. Fake blood and fake death abound in a play depicting violent combat in Vietnam. A parent hits his teenage son sitting behind him in the back of a car. Max is punched and walks around with bloody gauze in his nostrils. Young boys throw rocks at Max in retaliation for his betrayal. The headmaster has a stroke. He is seen in the hospital recovering. Max tries to forcibly kiss Rosemary. She pushes him away, and he falls.

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Posters of bare-breasted women are seen as part of a play's set design. "Hand jobs," "fingering," and "banging" are all referenced. Herman leaves Rosemary's house at 2 a.m., suggesting a sexual relationship. Max informs Herman's wife that he's having an affair, resulting in a divorce.

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Parents need to know that Rushmore is a quirky 1998 comedy that was Academy Award-nominated director Wes Anderson's second feature (this one written with Owen Wilson ). A 15-year-old who is both wise beyond his years and childishly selfish and annoying tries to negotiate school and the adult world. His odd maturity sets up an unrequited romantic obsession with a young teacher at his school, underscoring the notion that people who are not meant to be together can still be friends. Loyalty, betrayal, and the self-centered struggle to become an artist are all explored. Expect to hear "f--k," "s--t," and other such language, to hear references to sex acts, and to see underage drinking and smoking. A parent hits his teenage son sitting behind him in the back of a car. Max is punched and walks around with bloody gauze in his nostrils. Young boys throw rocks at Max in retaliation for his betrayal. Max tries to forcibly kiss Rosemary. She pushes him away, and he falls. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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Max Fischer ( Jason Schwartzman ) is a 10th-grader on scholarship at the tony private school Rushmore Academy. Max shows his devotion to the academy by participating in every possible extracurricular activity, but he's risking expulsion unless his grades improve. Max falls for one of the teachers, a beautiful young widow (Olivia Williams). And he connects with Blume ( Bill Murray ), a rich academy alumnus who is drawn to Max's passions and even acts as a go-between for Max's absurd attempt at courtship, until he himself becomes attracted to the teacher. All three characters feel a sense of loss. Blume and the teacher seem stuck. Max, with his collision of adult and childish emotions, comes up with one hopeless scheme after another to get attention and respect, ignoring genuine opportunities for true friendship. Yet somehow he manages to keep working toward his dreams -- and even makes a few of them come true.

Is It Any Good?

This abstract story about the misery that comes from the grandiosity and humiliation during adolescence is probably of more interest to adults. Many teens are already only too aware of those experiences.

Rushmore is not a movie in which people learn great lessons and are drawn closer together. It's a movie in which a lot of hurt people grope toward something that even they cannot quite visualize. Its appeal is in its quirky characters and in its moments of humor and perception.

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Families can talk about Max and Herman's rivalry. Who do you want to win? Why?

At the beginning of the movie, Max seems to use people to help him achieve his goals. What are some signals that he is learning to treat people differently by the end of the film?

Do you think artists must be selfish to create great art? Do you think the movie wants you to forgive Max as he matures into a more sympathetic person?

Movie Details

  • In theaters : December 11, 1998
  • On DVD or streaming : June 29, 1999
  • Cast : Bill Murray , Jason Schwartzman , Olivia Williams
  • Director : Wes Anderson
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors
  • Studio : Touchstone Pictures
  • Genre : Comedy
  • Run time : 93 minutes
  • MPAA rating : R
  • MPAA explanation : strong language and sexual references
  • Last updated : December 21, 2023

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Bill Murray drops the smirk that has always been his comic armor and gives an indisputably great performance in Rushmore by blending his sly humor with subtle feeling and surprising gravity. As Herman Blume, a steel tycoon with a cheating wife and teenage twin sons he hates almost as much as he hates himself, Murray artfully digs for signs of life in a character who thinks his soul is dead. No wonder Touchstone Pictures opened Rushmore for one week in December to qualify Murray for an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Just don’t mistake Rushmore — opening nationwide in February — for a one-man show. Whether you see the film as a slowed-down farce or as a souped-up tragedy, Rushmore is packed with richly realized characters. Take Max Fischer, smashingly played by newcomer Jason Schwartzman (son of actress Talia Shire and nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola). Max, a fifteen-year-old misfit in glasses and braces at snooty Rushmore Academy, is befriended and then betrayed by Herman, a school benefactor. When both fall for first-grade teacher Rosemary Cross (the magnetic British actress Olivia Williams), Max and Herman try to kill each other. Rushmore manages to pay tribute to movies as diverse as The Graduate and Apocalypse Now and still brim over with the pleasures of the unexpected.

Credit the film’s startling originality to director Wes Anderson, 29, and his co-screenwriter, Owen Wilson, 30. These friends from the University of Texas — they made an auspicious 1996 debut with the cult caper Bottle Rocket — have an unrushed knack for character development that doesn’t translate into tedium. Anderson fills each frame of his rigorously constructed fable with detail. That extends to a terrific soundtrack of British Invasion hits — Cat Stevens, the Kinks, the Faces, the Who, the Stones — that catches the anger roiling under Rushmore ‘s placid exterior. On subsequent viewings, the plaintive subtext of even the funniest scenes becomes readily apparent.

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At first, Max comes off as a comic irritant — too many extracurricular activities and too few passing grades from a geek who wears an attitude of unearned superiority. Then there are Max’s lies: His father, Bert (the excellent Seymour Cassel), is a barber, not a neurosurgeon; and Max did not get a hand job from the mother of his chapel partner, Dirk Calloway (Mason Gamble), or any sexual encouragement from Miss Cross, whose feelings for Max are maternal. Max’s mother died of cancer when he was seven. That fact is rarely discussed except in reference to the Rushmore scholarship Max won, just before his mother’s death, by writing a short play she loved about Watergate. Yet it helps explain Max’s link to Rushmore and his sense of loss at being expelled for trying to build Miss Cross an aquarium on the school’s baseball diamond. You laugh at Max’s blundering, at his revenge on Herman, at his hurt feelings when Miss Cross brings a date (Luke Wilson) to his play about Serpico. Max’s school dramas, set in cities or jungles, always end in shootouts. (Anderson says he directed plays just like Max’s at his alma mater, St. John’s, in Houston, where Rushmore was filmed.) Despite his follies, Max earns our affection and our grudging respect. The same goes for Herman, a former poor boy and a Vietnam vet (“Yeah, I was in the shit”), who recognizes a fellow outsider in Max. For suggesting that his sons invite Max to their birthday party, Herman is told, “Pull your head out of your ass, Dad. There’s gonna be girls there.” It’s a hoot to watch Murray’s deadpan rage as he casually turns from the wheel of his Bentley to pummel his son in the back seat.

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Later, Murray cannily crowds a lifetime into one small scene. As Herman distractedly throws golf balls in the pool, he notices his wife at another table, flirting with the tennis pro. Cigarette dangling from the side of his mouth, Herman heaves his way to the diving board, casts a look of disdain at his family and jumps, the camera noting his sad isolation at the bottom of the pool. The scene has no dialogue, only a Kinks song (“Nothin’ in This World Can Stop Me Worryin” ‘Bout That Girl”) that catches just the right note of resignation. No wonder Herman responds so strongly to Rosemary. “She’s my Rushmore,” he tells Max. But Rosemary is haunted by her own ghosts. Her husband, a former Rushmore student, drowned the year before. She lives in a room filled with artifacts from his school days. Max reminds her of the boy she married, Herman of the man he never grew up to be.

To call Rushmore a romantic triangle about clinical depressives doesn’t allow for the film’s bracing humanism. No tidy happy ending here. Just a cotillion honoring Max’s Vietnam play and allowing the major characters to come together, change partners and dance to a Faces song, “Ooh La La,” that links youth and experience in a lovely, fleeting moment of reconciliation before the shooting recommences. Anderson closes the curtain on his movie as if he were directing a play by Max Fischer, which, of course, is just what he has done. Bravo.

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  • A teenager at Rushmore Academy falls for a much older teacher and befriends a middle-aged industrialist. Later, he finds out that his love interest and his friend are having an affair, which prompts him to begin a vendetta.
  • Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities - from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there's very little after school he doesn't do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max's fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film. — Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.>
  • Max is a homely 10th-grade scholarship boy at Rushmore, a private school where he fails classes but constantly organizes clubs and plays. He befriends a depressed local factory magnate, Blume, and falls for a recently widowed teacher, Ms. Cross. When a scheme gets him expelled, he tries his Rushmore style at the local high school. He ignores the proffered friendship of a student, Margaret, to pursue the unattainable Ms. Cross. Max discovers Blume also loves her; he seeks vengeance, Blume retaliates, war ensues, and Max's troubles deepen. Rescue comes from unexpected places, including his sweet father, a barber. Can Max accept a realistic place in the world? — <[email protected]>
  • Max Fischer is a more than determined student at his prep school, Rushmore Academy where he oversees anything with the word "extra-curricular". He befriends a preschool teacher named Ms. Cross, whom he ends up falling in love with. Only to find things take a turn for the worst when his mentor, Herman Blume, an unhappy millionaire falls for her as well. As a result, their personal and professional lives spiral out of control. — <[email protected]>
  • Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is a precocious and eccentric 15-year-old attending the prestigious boy's school Rushmore Academy. Max is the president, and in some cases founder, of numerous extracurricular clubs and organizations within the school, and is infinitely more devoted to these activities than he is to his regular schoolwork, eventually causing him to be placed on "sudden death academic probation" by Rushmore's headmaster Dr. Guggenheim (Brian Cox). Despite the warning that one more failed class will result in expulsion, Max is determined to stay at Rushmore for as long as possible. Max's widowed father Bert (Seymour Cassel) is a blue-collar barber and a wise, loving father to Max, his only child. Max's mother Eloise died of cancer when Max was seven. The contrast of Max's middle-class background with the wealthy and privileged lives of most Rushmore students feeds Max's determination to make a name for himself. Max is a scholarship student, accepted to Rushmore on the strength of a one-act play he had written in second grade. During a chapel assembly, Max is deeply impressed with a brief speech delivered by local industrialist Herman Blume (Bill Murray), who seems to be addressing the non-wealthy underdogs like Max, reminding them that the rich kids "can't buy backbone." Though Blume, in reality, is a glum and disillusioned man despite his fortune, he is struck by Max's enthusiasm and confidence when the two meet after the assembly. After finding an intriguing quote handwritten in the library book he is reading, Max attempts to track down the person responsible. The search leads him to Ms. Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams), Rushmore's new first grade teacher. Max develops an instant crush on her, and he introduces himself one afternoon when the two are alone on the bleachers. Ms. Cross, while slightly startled by Max's forward nature, is impressed by his intellect, and they strike up a conversation, during which Ms. Cross expresses displeasure at the school's decision to cancel the Latin program. Max, despite having tried to get Latin cancelled for years, switches courses immediately in order to win Ms. Cross's favor, and circulates a school-wide petition to keep Latin in the curriculum before making a personal plea to the school executives. The effort not only restores Latin, but makes it a mandatory course. Ms. Cross and others, including Max's younger friend Dirk Calloway (Mason Gamble), are impressed by Max's tenacity, while other students, including the brash and aggressive Magnus Buchan (Stephen McCole), resent Max's ability to manipulate authority, seemingly on a whim, to the point where the entire school body is affected. Max also finds a friend in Herman Blume, whose numbskulled and bratty twin sons Ronny and Donny (Ronnie and Keith McCawley) are students at Rushmore. Max falsely tells Blume that his father is a neurosurgeon rather than a barber, still feeling the need to impress the successful industrialist. Max is soon a regular visitor at Blume's plant. Blume is amazed at Max's cocksure attitude and dedication to goals, while he himself is in a failing marriage and a downward spiral. Max continues to pursue Ms. Cross, visiting her classroom after school. He learns that her late husband was a former Rushmore student, which directly influenced her decision to teach there after his death the previous year. Seeing that Ms. Cross has an interest in marine life, due to the fish tanks in her classroom and the library book by Jacques Cousteau they had both read, Max approaches Blume for $35,000 to build an aquarium at Rushmore. Though Max had not told anyone else, including Dr. Guggenheim, about the project, Blume indulges him with a check for $2500. Ms. Cross soon becomes concerned about Max's clear feelings for her, and attempts to make it clear that a romantic relationship will never happen between them. Max,though disappointed, appears to get the message.However, when Max's next play has its opening night at Rushmore, he is openly annoyed to see that Ms. Cross brought along a male friend, Dr. Peter Flynn (Luke Wison), as a guest. Blume, also in attendance, is introduced to Ms. Cross, and the four of them go out to dinner. Blume notices Max's irritation at Dr. Flynn's presence, and unwisely buys Max alcohol, which worsens his behavior. Max insults Dr. Flynn for coming along uninvited, and he admits to Ms. Cross that he is in love with her. A few days after the incident, Blume visits Ms. Cross at Rushmore to deliver an apology letter from Max, to whom she had not spoken to since. Blume develops an infatuation with Ms. Cross, and later tries to casually dissuade Max from continuing to pursue her. Max and Ms. Cross patch up their friendship nonetheless. When Max finally attempts to break ground on the aquarium project, for which he had never sought the school's approval, he is officially expelled from Rushmore. Max is crushed, but changes neither his attitude nor habits when he begins attending a local public school, Grover Cleveland High. He continues to engage in and start up multiple extracurriculars, though the other students don't show interest. Classmate Margaret Yang (Sara Tanaka) attempts to befriend Max, only to be ignored. Blume and Ms. Cross begin a secret relationship, which they take care to hide from Max, with whom they still spend time as a trio. Though Blume is married, he has long suspected his wife of infidelity, and feels something new and liberating with Ms. Cross. Max still visits the Rushmore campus on occasion, feeling angry and lost about his expulsion from the main focus of his life. Magnus Buchan taunts Max, accusing him of only being friends with Dirk Calloway because of Dirk's beautiful mother (Connie Nielsen). Max crassly tells Magnus that half the reason he was expelled was because he got a handjob from Mrs. Calloway in the back of her car. Magnus is unconvinced, but the rumor spreads, soon reaching Dirk, who becomes furious with Max. Dirk, aware of the secret relationship between Ms. Cross and Blume, ousts the affair to Max in hopes of hurting him. Max loses all sense, and confronts Blume about the affair. Blume admits to being in love with Ms. Cross but that neither of them wished to hurt Max's feelings. Max is unmoved, and promptly rats Blume out to Mrs. Blume (Kim Terry), who files for divorce, resulting in Blume taking up indefinite residence in a hotel. Max sneaks in, disguised as a waiter, and infests Blume's hotel suite with bees. Knowing Max is responsible for telling his wife about the affair and for the bee incident, Blume runs over Max's bicycle with his car. Max, in turn, cuts Blume's brakes, for which Blume has Max arrested. After being bailed out by his father, Max attempts to get Ms. Cross fired from Rushmore by showing Dr. Guggenheim photos of her and Blume together, but finds out she had already resigned. Max visits her in her classroom as she is packing up, and she angrily asks him to leave. Max gives up the revenge game and his former tenacity drains away. He stops attending school and begins working in his father's barbershop. Near Christmastime, Dirk stops by the barbershop to visit Max and make amends. He presents Max with a personalized Swiss Army Knife, commemorating his legacy at Rushmore. Dirk also brings the news that Dr. Guggenheim is in the hospital after suffering a stroke, and that Max should visit him. Max does so, and Dr. Guggenheim's rage towards Max results in him speaking for the first time since the stroke. Blume was visiting as well, and he and Max patch up their friendship. Blume, who is an outward mess, tells Max that Ms. Cross had ended the relationship. This news sparks Max's passion for extracurriculars again, and he goes back to Grover Cleveland High with renewed vigor. He finally accepts friendship from the kindhearted Margaret Yang, and casts her in his latest play. Max makes an irrational final attempt to romance Ms. Cross by pretending to have been hit by a car and climbing through her bedroom window with fake blood on his face. She sees through the ruse, but answers his questions about why she broke up with Blume. Ms. Cross says she ended the relationship because Blume was married, self-loathing, and petty enough to destroy Max's bicycle. Max tells her Blume's theory: that Ms. Cross is still in love with her late husband, Edward Applebee. Max leaves through the window, finally accepting that he will never win Ms. Cross. After apologizing to Dirk and Margaret Yang for his poor behavior, Max puts together a new play, partially inspired by the Vietnam War, of which Blume is a veteran. He casts Margaret, Dirk, and surprisingly Magnus, in leading roles alongside himself, and invites Ms. Cross and Blume to the premiere, assuring that they are seated beside each other. He also invites Peter Flynn as a means of atonement for past behavior. Max dedicates the play to both his late mother and to "Edward Applebee-a friend of a friend." The play is a huge success, and Max, Blume, Ms. Cross, Margaret, and and incredibly proud Bert congregate at the party afterward. Blume and Ms. Cross consider giving their relationship another try, while Max and Margaret become closer. Blume asks Margaret for a dance, leaving Ms. Cross and Max alone. Max signals the DJ, who begins to play The Faces' "Ooh La La" as Max and Ms. Cross approach the dance floor together.

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Rushmore (1998): Film Review

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Rushmore is Wes Anderson’s breakthrough film, which still manages to be both funny and thoughtful to this day.

Rushmore begins with an unrealistic fantasy. Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman, of Asteroid City ) solves an unsolvable math problem in his class, winning the approval of everyone. Then, the scene fades to show he is daydreaming at a boring assembly. Herman Blume (Bill Murray) addresses the students at Rushmore Academy with high regard, noting how prestigious an institution it is. Like the audience, Blume believes Max to be a bright student worthy of his position in the school, but as the headmaster Dr. Guggenheim (Brian Cox, of Succession ) is quick to inform him, Max is one of the worst students there . This vignette makes the perfect tone setter for a silly but honest movie about the delusions we all probably felt at that age.

Rushmore is a story of delusions of grandeur , aspirations to be higher than one’s place in life. Max is not a child of wealth but a barber’s son, only admitted to Rushmore on a theater scholarship. This leads to a bit of an inferiority complex, with Max believing he should achieve more than he has. He does plenty of extracurricular activities but scores lower grades, putting him at risk of flunking out. Not one to be easily deterred by such threats, Max continues to pursue his theater passions and fantasies regardless of the consequences.

Director Wes Anderson is able to convey this message with his signature aesthetic and sense of humor. In only his second feature film, Anderson is able to make use of widescreen to show the breadth of the world around Max, making him seem smaller. The use of licensed music in the film, which is frequent, selects only the most meticulous choices, with emphasis on lyrical appropriateness. For example, “Making Time” by The Creation is used to show the wide array of activities Max engages in, detailing how Max “makes time” at school.

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Anderson and co-writer Owen Wilson take from their own nostalgia to tell this tale. Like Max, Wilson was expelled from his prep school, and Anderson used his school to perform some of his earliest plays. This makes Rushmore feel like they are looking back on their own youth with a smile. Perhaps Anderson had similar aspirations when he was younger, and reflected those through the character of Max. The exaggerations and over the top schemes, like Max building an aquarium to fulfill his precocious crush on a teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams), seem like ideas that may have traveled through the heads of a young student. Nowhere but this movie would see anyone actually try them.

Max is a personification of the Dunning-Kruger Effect , a psychological phenomenon in which underachievers tend to overestimate their own abilities. Since Max is an adolescent, he has not yet grasped social expectations for him and strives to accomplish everything he can. While other movies would tell this story as a tragedy, Anderson and Wilson decide to aim for comedy . Max’s actions end up being so outlandish and implausible, the notion of them working is hilarious in itself. It is only after settling down and finding his place at his new school where he recognizes his true talents and learns to slow down just a little. Rushmore then becomes the story of a boy in over his head learning what his limitations are, and with just the right balance of serious and humorous, it conveys this message in an honest manner.

Rushmore is almost thirty years old, but it still manages to resonate with its characters and humor. The themes of understanding limitations and feeding into delusions are timeless, and the whole public vs. private school setting makes for a great framework of these themes. The character of Max is snobbish and pretentious, but not unlikable. Schwartzman’s performance conveys a likable if deluded goofball, which makes us want to see him succeed.

Through these themes of accomplishment and how people view themselves in their teens, Rushmore is a movie that will make you laugh, then make you think after. Together, Anderson and Wilson created the most sincere and hilarious movie about high school ever made.

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A Film Review of Rushmore by Christopher Wostenberg

When asked who some of my favorite current filmmakers are, a few names come to mind. I will hopefully, eventually, get to talk about all of them in one aspect or another throughout future reviews, but for this one I want to focus on Wes Anderson. Wes Anderson is a hit or miss filmmaker with a very unique and recognizable aesthetic . He has written and directed nine feature-length films since his first movie Bottle Rocket in 1996, with a tenth one due out this year, The French Dispatch. For this review I will talk about his sophomore picture, Rushmore (1998). Rushmore probably is the most approachable of his films, even if it is not his best or my favorite.

Rushmore centers on Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), an overly confident and outgoing student at a private preparatory school—Rushmore—that is not very good academically. Max befriends a parent of his classmates, Mr. Bloom (Bill Murray), after hearing him speak at a school assembly. Mr. Bloom is a successful businessman that loathes his life. Their friendship is put to the test when both fall for a widowed first-grade teacher at Rushmore named Rosemary Cross (Oliva Williams).

Wes Anderson’s style is one of exaggerated reality. While his films tell stories about the human condition, generally at a mature and almost existential level, he makes it clear the characters and world they inhabit is a heightened representation of ourselves and our world. It is very clear to the audience from the beginning of Rushmore that they are watching an artificial world. The credits are shown over a red curtain, which then opens to reveal the Rushmore school gate. The opening of the curtain lets us know what we are watching is only a play. This is further emphasized as the opening scene of Max is a dream sequence where he solves an unsolvable geometry problem. At this point, the audience knows not to take anything presented as realistic.

Max walking out of the hotel elevator with the bees he used to get revenge on Mr. Bloom, starting the escalating feud between the two. Retrieved from Rushmore (Anderson, W., 1998, Buena Vista Pictures), scene at 00:49:09.

Another example of the exaggerated reality is depicted in the variation in the two high schools in the film. Rushmore is the idyllic representation of a boarding school with it ivy lined red brick walls and posh extra-curricular activities, including fencing and calligraphy. The school is perfectly maintained by a dutiful groundskeeper. Students are dressed in uniforms and everyone seems to fit in and enjoy the school, at least at first glance. While Grover Cleveland High School, the public school that Max attends when he is expelled, is prison like. It has cold grey walls that seem run down slightly. The student body, in the few shots we see of them, seems to detest the school and just want to get through the day and leave, exception being if there is a sporting event. Both seem like the cliché versions of the two types of schools, especially from Max’s point of view. And this makes perfect sense as the movie is Max’s story and his admiration for the title school, Rushmore. Ultimately, it is as if Max never seems to wake up from the opening dream and everything is his embellished view of the real world.

The fact that the film is a fictional world is not unique to Anderson. Almost every film, in some way or another, is a made-up world to tell a particular story. One way Anderson’s films are set apart from others is his limited use of color. In Rushmore , the main colors are accented in Max’s wardrobe, blue blazer and red beret. Occasionally, Max is seen in a green velvet coat. This contrasts with Mr. Bloom, who is seen in a brown coat and faded yellow shirt. Together the colors give a very autumn feel and represent the characters, with Max being closer to summer,—full of life and optimism—and with Mr. Bloom being closer to winter—more morose and pessimistic. The color scheme in Rushmore is not as striking as in some of his later films, like The Grand Budapest Hotel, which utilizes vibrant pinks, reds, and purples. Regardless, it is clear that something is off in Anderson’s created world as all the colors are not present.

Another key aspect of Anderson’s filmmaking is the use of stylized text during montage scenes, generally at the beginning of the film, to tell background information. For Rushmore , Max’s plethora of extracurricular activities is conveyed through a yearbook- like montage of clubs and positions he holds at Rushmore. The film wants you to feel like you’re thumbing through the yearbook and reading all the activities along with seeing the pictures. The text on the screen and rapid pacing demonstrate that the story and character of Max, in particular, is an exaggeration. No person has enough time and energy to do all the things he does. From the opening scene and the montage that follows, the audience has learned all they need to know to understand the caricature that is Max in the story.

Finally, Anderson composes his shots symmetrically to add a constructed or staged feel to his pictures. In film, as well as photography, compositions are generally framed according to the rule of thirds . Space in the shot left by using the rule of thirds allows for more action and audience perception in the story. Many filmmakers have forgone the rule of thirds to set their pictures apart in one way or another. Anderson seems to go to the extreme by actually centering his actors and sets, to give a play-like feel where the action is set around center stage. Centering the story exactly in the middle of the frame with symmetry on either side is not a haphazard circumstance. It takes forethought and planning to get it aligned correctly. Subconsciously, the audience recognizes this when viewing a symmetrical piece, making them view the shot as an artistically constructed image, versus a naturally occurring story. Again, this is shown most clearly in the yearbook montage scene in Rushmore. Another example is when Mr. Bloom is on the diving board getting ready to dive into the pool. He looks right to see his wife flirt with someone, and then he looks left to see his twin sons with their friends look up in disgust at him. Here the symmetry emphasizes Bloom’s family life of being stuck between two aspects that seem to dislike him.

Favorite Scene: Like many other favorite scenes from previous reviews, my favorite scene in Rushmore is centered around music. No, it is not the yearbook montage which does fit this category and I have already talked about quite bit. Instead it is another montage scene, one of escalating moments of revenge Max and Mr. Bloom play on each other. The scene is accented throughout by the rock band The Who’s sixth movement from their mini-opera “ A Quick One, While He’s Away ” entitled “You are Forgiven.” The scene starts with Max introducing bees into Mr. Bloom’s hotel room. Next Mr. Bloom removes Max’s bicycle from the bike rack at school, so he can run it over, then proceeds to tie it back on the rack. Finally, Max cuts Mr. Bloom’s brakes on his car.

The scene highlights one of great features of Wes Anderson’s film, which is the use of music to complement the story. The music does not start with the scene, instead it is used after the bees are being introduced to the room by a tube. The audience sees Mr. Bloom smirk at first before getting mad and the music comes in harshly with a cymbal crash. The loud rock music is allowed to carry the scene to its conclusion. The music ends by slowing down and fading, which is reflected in the scene by Mr. Bloom’s brakeless car slowing as it goes over rough terrain, almost hitting the groundskeeper of Rushmore Academy. The scene is edited expertly to match with the music, instead of the music having to be edited via an audio fade in or fade out.

Atmospherically, the music adds its own humor, most readily with the lyrics repetitively stating “you are forgiven,” even though the two are taking revenge on each other. Forgiveness between the characters is not provided until a few scenes later. The scene and music is a contradiction, much like the characters themselves. Contradiction between what is said and what is actually meant or occurs is a fundamental element of humor, think sarcasm for example.

Also, the song is one of The Who’s more tongue-in-cheek humorist pieces. In the song the band sings the word “cello” where they originally want a cello to be played, but could not afford. This is included in the scene as Max is walking slowly through the hotel staff area. This highlights that nothing should be taken too seriously in the film as it is made up, much like The Who not taking their music completely seriously.

I mentioned at the beginning that Wes Anderson’s style is not for everyone. You will not know if you like it or not until you see it, so I highly encourage you to watch Rushmore as an introduction. Worse comes to worse, maybe you will enjoy the music or some of the well-composed singular shots that are beautiful photos unto themselves, even if you don’t like the story or characters. At best, it will open you up to a manageable number of other films to watch and see how Anderson has grown through his career.

To wrap up this review I will leave you with this inspiring quote from Robin Williams’s character from Dead’s Poet Society , John Keating.

“You must strive to find your own voice because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are going to find it at all.”

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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Rushmore” is an interesting movie that will appeal to a very small audience, but will nonetheless impress.

...a consistently watchable yet thoroughly erratic endeavor that fares best in its briskly-paced and tremendously entertaining first half...

It’s a bittersweet tale about growing up, anchored by sensational turns from the cast and a pitch-perfect script. infectious comedy from start to finish.

Precocious but not precious, "Rushmore" is heavy-hearted comedy with a light touch.

The script is so charming and quippy that it's not hard to see why this is still many fans' favourite...

Anderson and Wilson, who attended the University of Texas together, have made a film with something very human and charming about it.

Schwartzman is cautious but stubbornly optimistic, while Murray is possessed by the mania of near-despair... They make the best and most disconcerting odd couple that American movies have produced in a long while.

Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call. Anderson, the director and co-writer, and Wilson, co-writer, have a vision like no one else's.

A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable.

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  • Genre : Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date : December 11, 1998
  • Languages : English, Spanish
  • Captions : English, Spanish
  • Audio Format : 5.1

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In "Love is Strange" Lithgow and Molina play Ben Hull and George Garea, a gay couple in Manhattan that have been together for 39 years. They finally get married, only for the archdiocese to fire George as a music teacher at a local Catholic school due to his marriage to another man. while they figure out what to do next, Ben and George have to live apart after selling their apartment, imposing on friends and family. A strange movie indeed, but one worth watching while it's available on Hulu.

Genre: Romantic drama Rotten Tomatoes score: 93% Stream it on Hulu

'The Cabin in the Woods' (2012)

This may be my favorite horror movie. Admittedly, that's because it's not your typical horror movie. Instead, it's really a satire on the slasher genre with a twist at the end that is still one of my favorites in any movie.

Starring Kristen Connolly as Dana Polk, Anna Hutchinson as Jules Louden, Chris Hemsworth as Curt Vaughan, Jesse Williams as Holden McCrea, and Fran Kranz as Marty Mikalski "The Cabin in the Woods" starts out with a group of college kids who go out for what they think will be a fun weekend in the woods. But in reality, something more sinister is afoot, with Gary (Richard Jenkins) and Steve (Bradley Whitford) pulling the strings behind the scenes. Don't skip this brilliant movie while it's on Hulu.

Genre: Comedy horror Rotten Tomatoes score: 92% Stream it on Hulu

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Furiosa First Reactions: Brutal, Masterful, and Absolutely Epic

Early social reactions to george miller's action prequel say it's no fury road , but it's sensational in its own right, with anya taylor-joy owning the screen and chris hemsworth living it up as a worthy villain..

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Here’s what critics are saying about Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga :

Is this another great entry in the Mad Max franchise?

Furiosa is a BLAST! – Peter Gray, The AU Review
Great news, Furiosa is a masterful examination of one of the greatest characters of the last 20 years. – BJ Colangelo, Slashfilm
It brings me great joy to report that Furiosa is really, really f–king good. – David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Furiosa engulfs you. At times it almost seems to exceed the canvas of the IMAX format it is THAT big – and yet at times has a deeply affecting intimacy. Echoing cinematic elements from the ‘50s through the ‘80s, it’s a rich, smart vision the cast revels in. – Simon Thompson, The Wrap
Furiosa is myth-making at its finest… a powerful, moving, gritty tale of revenge in the middle of a world gone wild. – Bill Bria, Slashfilm
It was great. – Esther Zuckerman, Bloomberg News
All hail George Miller. – Josh Horowitz, MTV
Furiosa is epic, beautiful, and everything I wanted for my queen. – Rachel Lesihman, The Mary Sue

Chris Hemsworth in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)

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How does Furiosa compare to Fury Road ?

Made in the spirit of Fury Road , it’s still its own beast that thrives on exaggerated action and characters. – Peter Gray, The AU Review
A phenomenal, powerful shift in approach from Fury Road that continues to prove Miller is the master of the modern myth. – BJ Colangelo, Slashfilm
It operates in an extremely different gear than Fury Road (in ways that I suspect will frustrate some people), but also manages to make that movie even richer while carving its own legend in the wasteland. – David Ehrlich, IndieWire
It’s an antithesis to Fury Road in that where that film is sparse, this is verbose and epic, and where once was a nigh silent film is now a massive canvas of dystopia, despair, and glory. – David Crow, Den of Geek
Furiosa is not Fury Road , and that’s ok. It’s not trying to be. What it is is something uniquely gnarly and yes, epic. – Josh Horowitz, MTV
This won’t match up to Fury Road’ s splendor but it also doesn’t need to. – Therese Lacson, Collider
It’s one of the most brutal Mad Max films yet. – John Nguyen, Nerd Reactor

Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA" (2024)

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How is Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa?

Sensational. – Doug Jamieson, The Jam Report
Fantastic. – Josh Horowitz, MTV
Anya Taylor-Joy makes Furiosa her own in an often silent yet deafeningly loud physical performance (while still paying l more than a little homage to Charlize before the end). – David Crow, Den of Geek
Anya Taylor-Joy owns. – Bill Bria, Slashfilm

What about Chris Hemsworth’s villain?

This is Chris Hemsworth’s chance to prove his worth as a character actor. – Peter Gray, The AU Review
Chris Hemsworth chews every piece of scenery in sight. – Doug Jamieson, The Jam Report
Hemsworth was born to play bad guys. LET HIM!! – BJ Colangelo, Slashfilm
Chris Hemsworth is like a villainous Thor with his red cape and long hair. – John Nguyen, Nerd Reactor
Chris Hemsworth is leading his best life as Dementus: Lucifer if he had an Aussie accent. – David Crow, Den of Geek
Hemsworth kills. – Bill Bria, Slashfilm

Chris Hemsworth in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)

How does it look?

Furiosa is two-and-a-half hours of colorful mayhem. – John Nguyen, Nerd Reactor
Furiosa is a visual feast and spectacular marvel. – David Crow, Den of Geek
Gorgeously shot and the action sequences are mind-blowing.… The CGI is often ghastly. – Doug Jamieson, The Jam Report
Another epic world-building experience from the chaotically creative George Miller, the overt CGI may irk some, but there’s no denying the fascinating opportunities he’s created further in this universe. – Peter Gray, The AU Review

Any complaints about the script?

Much of the film struggles with inconsistent pacing due to the segmented story. – Therese Lacson, Collider
The narrative lags considerably. – Doug Jamieson, The Jam Report

Anya Taylor-Joy in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)

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Does it leave us wanting more?

I would and could easily watch 15 hours of Anya Taylor Joy and Alyla Browne as Furiosa. – Therese Lacson, Collider
I can’t wait to see it again and again and really dig in. – Josh Horowitz, MTV

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga opens in theaters everywhere on May 24, 2024.

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Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story Ending Explained

Why jerry seinfeld's new movie's rotten tomatoes score is even worse than his 17-year-old meme disaster, unfrosted's "five cereal families" explained: each member & their company's histories.

  • Unfrosted 's Rotten Tomatoes scores are at 42% from critics and 44% from audiences, Jerry Seinfeld's worst ever.
  • Seinfeld's only other scripted feature film was Bee Movie , which received mixed reviews.
  • Unfrosted 's reviews criticize its lack of depth and comedic success despite its star-studded cast.

Unfrosted 's Rotten Tomatoes scores have debuted, and critics and audiences are in agreement on Jerry Seinfeld's new Netflix movie. Directed by Seinfeld in his feature debut, with a script he co-wrote, the comedy film follows the two rival cereal companies, Kellogg's and Post, in early 1960s Michigan as they compete to create a breakfast pastry product that will change the future of breakfast food forever. The Unfrosted cast includes a who's who of comedy stars, including Seinfeld, Melissa McCarthy, Jim Gaffigan, Hugh Grant, Amy Schumer, and many more.

Now, with the film streaming on Netflix and reviews being published, Unfrosted 's Rotten Tomatoes scores have debuted to 42% from the critics on 33 reviews and 44% from audiences on fewer than 50 ratings . Though the scores will fluctuate over time, the former is Seinfeld's worst ever, beating out Bee Movie 's 50%. The latter score is also one of Seinfeld's lowest, along with the documentary Dying Laughing (28%) and Netflix comedy special Best of Stand-Up 2020 (18%).

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How Unfrosted's Rotten Tomatoes Scores Compare To Other Jerry Seinfeld Movies

The comedian is best known for co-creating and starring as a semi-fictionalized version of himself in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld from 1989 to 1998. Before and after co-creating one of the most acclaimed and popular sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld has mostly focused on his career as a stand-up comedian, specializing in observational humor. He has also found success with his talk show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee , which premiered on Crackle before moving to Netflix. In turn, Seinfeld hasn't starred in many movies throughout his career .

In fact, Unfrosted is Seinfeld's first scripted, live-action film, with his only other scripted movie being Bee Movie , which is animated. In addition to co-writing the script, Seinfeld voiced the Bee Movie 's Barry B. Benson , and the film received mixed reviews for its awkward premise and largely unforgettable humor, earning a 50% score from the critics and a 53% score from audiences. However, a few of Seinfeld's stronger scores on Rotten Tomatoes include his Netflix stand-up special, Jerry Before Seinfeld (95%, 76%), and his 2002 documentary Comedian (77%, 69%).

At least in terms of critical and audience reactions, Unfrosted marks a second unsuccessful foray into scripted feature film for Seinfeld after Bee Movie . Overall, Unfrosted reviews are criticizing the film's lack of depth, believability, and comedic success despite its star-studded cast. With Unfrosted now streaming on Netflix, audiences can watch the film and formulate their opinions.

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Unfrosted is a 2024 biographical comedy directed, written, and starring Jerry Seinfeld. The film takes place in 1963 Battle Creek, Michigan, where Kellogg's and Post are fighting to create a new world-changing breakfast pastry.

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The 10 Best Rosamund Pike Movies, Ranked According to Rotten Tomatoes

"You think you'd be happy with a nice Midwestern girl? No way, baby. I'm it."

Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Award-winning sensation Rosamund Pike is one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses. Over the course of her career, Pike has gracefully exhibited her talent as a wide-ranging artist. Pike's first on-screen credits involved a myriad of British period dramas — A Rather English Marriage (1998), BBC's Wives and Daughters (1999), and BBC's serial drama Love in a Cold Climate (2001).

Her big break into Hollywood arrived when she played the double-crossing MI6 agent Miranda Frost alongside Pierce Brosnan in the twentieth James Bond film , 2002's Die Another Day . From there, the English actress nabbed feature roles in several pictures, slowly climbing the ladder to success. Her resumé includes many acclaimed films, many of which have received high ratings in the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

10 'Barney's Version' (2010)

Rotten tomatoes score: 77%.

Barney's Version is a comedy-drama that follows the ending chapters from the life of Barney Panofsy ( Paul Giamatti ), a Canadian soap opera producer reflecting on his life. Directed by Richard J. Lewis , the Canadian film is based on the novel of the same name by Mordecai Richler and was written as a fictional autobiography. With Hollywood stars from Minnie Driver to Dustin Hoffman , the picture explores the complexities of modern romance.

Pike plays Miriam Grant, Barney's third wife and main romantic interest. The actress blends right into the light-hearted attitude of her character's spirit as Miriam ages throughout the story from her late 20s to her 30s. Barney's Version is among Paul Giamatti's best movies , chronicling the trials and victories of life, especially with love and family, keeping audiences fascinated, concerned, and emotionally invested.

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9 'I Care a Lot' (2020)

Rotten tomatoes score: 78%.

Marla Grayson, court-appointed guardian and con woman, makes a living selling the assets of helpless elderly people. Things take an unexpected turn when she tries to swindle the mother of a dangerous mafia boss. Netflix's I Care a Lot is a black comedy thriller featuring Pike in the leading role and with an impressive supporting cast, including Peter Dinklage and Dianne Wiest .

I Care a Lot is among the best satirical movies in recent memory. Written and directed by J Blakeson , fans worldwide were hooked by Pike's alarmingly wicked role , portraying a ruthless woman who reminds audiences that evil people take advantage of others to gain the upper hand in life. I Care a Lot features one of Pike's best performances, earning her a Golden Globe and rave reviews from critics and audiences.

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8 'Made in Dagenham' (2010)

Rotten tomatoes score: 83%.

A British comedy from 2010, Made in Dagenham has a firm foundation in true history with its inspiring tale of oppression and resistance in late 60s England. Despite being professionals in the specialized and demanding field of sewing upholstery for car seats, the women workers of Ford Motor Co. in Dagenham face rampant misogyny in the workplace, especially in regard to pay. However, things begin to change after Rita O’Grady ( Sally Hawkins ) meets with a sympathetic union worker and begins organizing protests.

The film boasts an impressive cast and, smartly, employs razor-sharp wit and social satire as a source of its laughs more so than reverting to stereotypes or easy gags. Pike is predictably brilliant as Lisa Hopkins, a strikingly intelligent woman who graduated from Cambridge University and becomes a pivotal member of O’Grady’s movement.

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7 'beirut' (2018), rotten tomatoes score: 82%.

Also known as 'The Negotiator', Beirut hit screens in 2018 as an entrancing political thriller that saw Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike co-star. Written by Tony Gilroy (who also wrote The Bourne Identity films), it follows a retired diplomat whose family was murdered in an attack ten years prior. Now an alcoholic, he returns to the fold as a negotiator to help secure a peaceful exchange of an old friend, a deal made complicated by the fact that he is engaging with the group that killed his family.

While general audiences were lukewarm on the film, as evinced by its middling 57% audience approval score, critics were more approving, praising its technically solid story, its exciting action, and the performances of its impressive cast. Pike particularly stands out as the CIA field officer Sarah Crowder, a driven and determined operative who fast becomes Skiles' (Hamm) greatest ally .

6 'A United Kingdom' (2016)

A United Kingdom is based on the true story of the lives of Seretse Khama ( David Oyelowo ), prince to the throne of the Bangwato Tribe, and his wife, Ruth Williams. The film explores the romantic yet controversial couple's marriage, which triggers turmoil between the National Party in South Africa and the British government. Amma Asante directs, with the film featuring the beautiful landscapes of Botswana and London.

Brimming with themes of racial discrimination, imperialism, and the struggle for independence, A United Kingdom is a period piece made for the modern age . Pike elegantly plays Ruth Williams, and her heart-warming portrayal is more than a genuine nod to her character's real-life personality . The picture will always remain timely for representing the small and large struggles of interracial relationships that millions of couples face today.

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5 'Pride & Prejudice' (2005)

Rotten tomatoes score: 87%.

Director Joe Wright 's feature debut, Pride & Prejudice , is a romantic film adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved classic. Starring an ensemble cast led by Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, the film chronicles the romance between Lizzie and the proud Mr. Darcy, played by Matthew Macfadyen . Rosamund Pike plays Elizabeth's older sister, Jane Bennet, one of the best Jane Austen heroines in cinema .

Pike's gentle and introverted portrayal of Jane is unforgettable and earnest. As the eldest daughter, the pressure of marriage is always stressful; however, her worries wash away when she falls for the wealthy Charles Bingley ( Simon Woods ), and their sweet, natural chemistry blooms with grace, sincerity, and elegance. Pride & Prejudice has become a modern classic, and Pike's performance as the gentle Jane remains among her most celebrated portrayals .

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4 'gone girl' (2014).

Rosamund Pike spooked the world with her Oscar-nominated performance in David Fincher's psychological thriller Gone Girl . Based on Gillian Flynn 's eponymous 2012 novel, the film tells the story of former New York columnist Nick Dunne ( Ben Affleck ), whose wife Amy has gone missing. The sudden disappearance causes a media frenzy, and the police start to question the husband's lack of empathy. When Nick becomes the prime suspect, he begins uncovering dangerous truths behind the mysterious disappearance.

The postmodern mystery drama is chilling to its core. The narrative is gripping from its initial mind-bending exposition paired with an unforgettable, shivery score that underlines Amy's disturbingly aloof mood. Pike studied Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy 's body language and lifestyle for inspiration in her character's manipulative hold on her marriage, the media, and the audience. Scattered with abrupt bursts of violence, Gone Girl was positively praised for its stylish direction and dark visual style.

3 'A Private War' (2018)

Rotten tomatoes score: 88%.

Fearless American journalist Marie Colvin , working for The Sunday Times, sets off on one of her most dangerous assignments yet — giving voice to the voiceless in the embattled Syrian city of Homs. Based on Colvin's real life, A Private War received massive critical acclaim for its immersive storytelling and Pike's career-best performance. The actress stars alongside Jamie Dornan , Tom Hollander , and Stanley Tucci .

Marie Colvin was one of the most celebrated war correspondents of her time and has since been globally recognized for her passionate drive and extensive coverage on the frontlines. Under Matthew Heineman 's direction, Pike seamlessly takes over the challenging role and commands the screen in every thrilling circumstance . A Private War is among the best war movies in recent memory, showcasing how ambitious an actress Pike truly is.

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2 'The World’s End' (2013)

Rotten tomatoes score: 89%.

Somewhat disregarded among the hilarious ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ of Edgar Wright , Simon Pegg , and Nick Frost , The World’s End is an underrated comedy that utilizes the director’s trademark stylistic intensity and a dazzling ensemble cast. It follows five old high school friends as they embark on a reluctant pub crawl at the behest of one of their own. However, the night of partying takes a drastic turn when they learn everyone in their childhood town has been overtaken by an alien race.

A brilliant and exhilarating meshing of sci-fi, comedy, action, and even horror, The World’s End won over critics with its impressive juggling act, its raucous gags, and its occasional beats of poignant emotional depth. While only a supporting part, Pike plays an integral role and is given plenty of leeway to showcase her comedic prowess in a comedy film that was widely celebrated.

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1 'an education' (2009), rotten tomatoes score: 93%.

An Education is a coming-of-age story set in 1960s London. It follows Jenny Mellor, a high school student who finds herself falling madly in love with a rich playboy twice her age. Starring Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard , the romantic drama is based on the memoir by British journalist Lynn Barber . Rosamund Pike appears as Helen, a somewhat ditzy but kind woman who becomes Jenny's friend.

Under the guidance of Danish director Lone Scherig , Pike plays the dimwitted Helen with enough honesty to save the character from ridicule . The small but pivotal role allows Pike the opportunity to showcase her humorous side, with the actress nearly stealing every scene she's in. An Education may not relate to every teen girl, but Mulligan's stunning performance gives the story an original spark worth watching twice over.

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