Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 12, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Rushmore

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
93 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/05/99
performer
Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox, Mason Gamble, Luke Wilson
director
Wes Anderson
Producers
American Empirical, Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Productions
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it an A

When the gem, Rushmore, was released for a week at the end of December — so Bill Murray could qualify, in a just world, for an Oscar nomination — you probably missed it. Now’s the time to make tracks. Wes Anderson’s exuberantly original comedy stars gifted newcomer Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer, who may be one of the worst students at Rushmore Academy, but who has breathtaking self-confidence and ambitious plans to win the heart of a teacher (Olivia Williams). Murray plays a depressive tycoon and Rushmore benefactor who befriends Max — the bond between dreamers is instant — until the two become romantic competitors for the same pink-cheeked woman. The director treats eccentricity with compassionate respect: no winking, no nudges to even like the boy. The filmmaking, meanwhile, is beautifully disciplined. And the perfectly chosen soundtrack of British Invasion hits further defines Max’s adolescent dislocation. A

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