DVD - 1998
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A gifted, rebellious teenager finds himself in competition with a wealthy older man for a favorite teacher's affections.


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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Max Fischer is a successful playwright, a persuasive statesman, and a charismatic entrepreneur all rolled into one. He’s also fifteen years old and an inveterate con artist whose failing grades and manic extracurricular activities are making his future at the prestigious Rushmore Academy for boys tenuous at best. And as if that weren’t enough he’s begun stalking the recently widowed grade one teacher, Mrs. Cross, and seems intent on ruining the life of Herman Blume, the father of two of his classmates whom he views as a romantic rival. As tensions escalate and a round of retributions between the adult Blume and the naïve man-child Fischer threaten to destroy everyone’s life, a series of new opportunities present themselves to Max when he is relocated to an inner city public school. Director Wes Anderson’s flair for eccentric comedies featuring quirky characters fails him miserably in this off-putting, faintly disturbing tale which confuses crazed obsession with precociousness and features an endless parade of affected monotone performances. In the lead role Jason Schwartzman exhibits zero screen chemistry, his character’s set countenance and gleaming stares more suggestive of mental illness than endearing charm while fellow star Bill Murray delivers his usual deadpan SNL persona. A thoroughly unlikeable film about unlikeable people repeatedly being made fools of by a psychotic little turd. And the soundtrack’s assortment of rock and folk ballads sounds woefully out of place too. D-minus.

Nov 03, 2014
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not bad, not great.

Aug 16, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jason Schwartzman was perfectly selected for the eccentric Max Fischer. And I COMPLETELY understand his and Bill Murray's obsession with Olivia Williams... (rrrRRROWWWRRRrrr!!!)

Jul 03, 2014
  • Sharris871 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

where does Mr. Littlejean come from, he just shows up at the end. Plus OR are they.......

Feb 23, 2014
  • ncs1961 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

interesting and complicated characters involved in relationships I want to know more about. Story lines and sets were entertaining in the details.
but, whats with all the smoking?

Dec 12, 2013
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best of all Wes Anderson's films. Deadpan and charming, with a great soundtrack. The movie that saved Bill Murray.

Nov 01, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A 15-year old teenager in love with a teacher in an obsessive and possessive way. The story is tad far-fetched. Not exactly my cup of tea, although I like some of Wes Anderson's other work.

Sep 10, 2013
  • martyrofevil rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I don't think this movie has any flaws, but there's also nothing particularly astounding about it either.

Jan 18, 2013

This is one of my favourites from Wes Anderson. Love it!

Dec 01, 2012
  • MWPH rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Compared to other cookie-cutter comedic films, this would be a ten. However, compared to Wes Anderson's other films, I found this one to be so-so, but still it had many hilarious moments.

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Aug 16, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Max Fischer (sarcastically, to Rosemary Cross' 'friend'): "I like your nurse's uniform, guy." Dr. Peter Flynn: "These are O.R. scrubs." Max Fischer: "O, R they?"


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