Rushmore (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (The Darjeeling Limited’s Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion, and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (The Ghost Writer’s Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Groundhog Day’s Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization; it captures the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : CRRN2093BR
- Director : Wes Anderson
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 33 minutes
- Release date : November 22, 2011
- Actors : Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Luke Wilson
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B005HK13SG
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Wes Anderson’s indie coming of age comedy Rushmore (1998) is pure joy as Anderson’s quirky style and riveting direction make you feel the warmth of friendship and love all over again. Anderson directs Rushmore with his usual sleek, symmetrical style and uplifting tone. Rushmore demonstrates how Wes has matured as a director since Bottle Rocket into a slickly creative auteur of refined sensibilities. Rushmore delivers constant laughter, but I most appreciate the heartfelt character arcs and genuine empathy for his unique roles.Rushmore is a meticulously crafted art piece, but lovingly written with Wes Anderson’s original vision.
Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson’s script is remarkable as they create this horribly precocious and unlikable hero, make him sympathetic, then give him redemption in a very real and reflective way showing that people can change. All fluff transforms into sincere character interactions that make you feel like everything will alright. I love how Anderson forms these bonds between people that ensures humanity has more to offer than cynicism.
David Moritz’ snappy editing keeps Rushmore’s brief 93 minutes a blissful viewing experience. Robert D. Yeoman’s cinematography is very naturalistic as to his backdrops of schoolyards and graveyards, but it’s his cute square framing of every shot that keeps you smiling. Quick shots scattered everywhere work wonders as brief friendly visuals attract your eyes all over Rushmore. Mark Mothersbaugh’s score is again neat indie rock, folk rock, and alternative rock like his sweet music for Bottle Rocket. His sound fits the adorable aesthetic of Wes Anderson’s films aptly.
I must say how much I like Karen Patch’s costumes for Rushmore. She straight up dresses Jason Schwartzman like Wes Anderson himself and everyone else is in colorful, cute outfits that keep Rushmore a bright movie. She did a great job with all these neat threaded suit jackets.
Jason Schwartzman is incredible for such a young actor as the odd and too attached, near sociopathic, student Max Fischer. He’s awkward with no understanding of normal social cues, so he’s certainly a quirky Wes Anderson character. However, all his creepy, commanding, and forceful stalker behavior gets redeemed because Max is not a bad person, but a foolish kid. Schwartzman is so funny as Rushmore’s lead, but also endearing as a young man looking for his place and purpose in the world. How can you not relate to a boy trying to find a girl to fall in love with really?
Bill Murray is hilarious as Max’s older friend Mr. Herman Blume. His dejected state is funny to observe as Murray makes it clear his marriage is over, he hates his destructive sons, and doesn’t relate to the world anymore despite all his wealth and luxury. He’s a great foil and friend for Jason Schwartzman to act opposite. I also liked the child actor Mason Gamble as Max’s young friend Dirk Calloway. Can you believe Wes Anderson got Connie Nielsen to cameo as Dirk’s lovely mother?
I adore Olivia Williams in Rushmore as the object of Max’s desire named Miss Rosemary Cross. She’s a strong character mourning her dead husband, looking for love, but uneasy at her new prospects. Williams is phenomenal in the confrontation scene with Schwartzman in the classroom. She’s mesmerizing as you sympathize with all the trouble Max brings her, but Olivia Williams gets you to empathize with her depressed lady. Likewise, Sara Tanaka is excellent as the adorable Margaret Yang. She plays the nice nerdy love interest that fits Max’s outlandish personality perfectly! I wish Wes gave her even more lines. She's that good.
Seymour Cassel is wonderful as Max’s kind barber father Bert Fischer. Brian Cox kills it as Max’s frustrated principal Dr. Nelson Guggenheim. He endears you to his tough and angry supervisor figure in that gruff, yet likable fashion that Cox thrusts into existence for all his roles. Stephen McCole is hilarious as the defiant Scottish bully Magnus Buchan.
Now for all the other cameos in Rushmore. Alexis Bledel apparently cameos as a student somewhere in Rushmore. I like Luke Wilson’s carefree cameo as Dr. Peter Flynn. Andrew Wilson cameos as the disappointed Coach Beck. Dipak Pallana gets a return cameo after he got robbed in Bottle Rocket as Max’s math teacher in Rushmore Mr. Adams. Kumar Pallana is back after committing the robbery in Bottle Rocket, now a landscaper named Kumar Littlejeans in Rushmore. It’s so cute how Wes Anderson keeps casting all his favorite friends and great actors in little roles for his feature films.
In all, Rushmore is a remarkable picture full of hopeful optimism and playful maturity from the masterful movie maker Wes Anderson.
Easily Wes Anderson's best movie, this is Wes Anderson "for the rest of us." It is nowhere near as arch or twee as his later movies. It still has his quirky style and music usage, but the characters are actually relatable and the plot is relatively straightforward. It has a number of noteworthy performances, especially the central three, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Olivia Willliams. I've seen it a good ten times in the last 13 years, and it is a rewarding view each time.
This is an EXTREMELY impressive transfer. Criterion did a fresh 2k scan under the supervision of director Wes Anderson, along with a thorough clean-up of dirt and print damage. Detail is superb both in close-ups and wide-angled shots. Facial detail is outstanding, among the best on the format. So is cloth texture - some of the tweedy and hounds-tooth jackets are amazing. Colors are lush and vibrant but free of any bleeding or over-saturation. Black levels are stout and never waver, but still retain perfect detail near black. Grain is stable, light, and omnipresent. There is no edge enhancement, noise reduction, or anything untoward or artificial. This looks as much like the film as a Blu-Ray can, and I say this having seen it three times in the theater.
I did some comparisons between the Criterion DVD and the Blu-Ray, and the difference is literally like having Lasik surgery or something - practically every shot is crystal clear, and is competitive with the best high definition video out there today. This is not one of those discs where you won't be able to tell the difference between BD and DVD. It is an absolute slam dunk upgrade.
Better still, all of the comprehensive extras and commentary are carried over from the previous disc. So sell it, use it as a coaster, target practice, whatever. There is no need to hang onto it. It has been totally and utterly destroyed in quality by the new Blu-Ray.
Rushmore is a sophisticated comedy, but easily accessible to the masses. A great movie for fathers and sons to view together as well. I should add that I can see teenage boys especially relate to the classmate banter in the movie (as well as the borderline ubiquitous references to "hand jobs", sigh. Cringe-worthy as a parent, but funny as hell when you can set that aside while understanding that teenage boys really do talk to each other in this way).
This is by far, one of the funniest movies I've seen, and very much worthy of being part of one's permanent collection. Show it whenever there's a group gathering, or cheer yourself up when you're having a bad day. :)
Highly recommended! Many happy (funny) returns!
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never regret buying a Criterion edition.
What makes you laugh?
I often think about my own sense of humor and it's difficult to pin down at times. I tend to avoid cheap laughs or things done for shock value, and I admire intelligent dialogue and quirky or original takes on everyday situations. One director who never fails to make me smile is Wes Anderson. He definitely falls into the quirky category, but there is so much more to his movies than that.
Rushmore is Anderson's second movie, coming two years after his debut, Bottle Rocket. Both movies were written with Owen Wilson, and they have a similar feel. Anderson is one of those directors who appears to make movies about nothing and it's easy to sit there wondering what you just watched. But, unlike many comedies, there are deeper themes present. I usually find myself thinking about Anderson's work several days after I see the movie. That's the case this time, and it's the main reason I am writing this review.
Rushmore stars Jason Schwartzman in his first role. He plays Max Fischer, who is a 15-year-old student at Rushmore, a private school. He's there because he wrote a play in second grade and won a scholarship. Most of the students have rich parents, but Max's father is a barber and Max has to lie and claim that he's the son of a brain surgeon in order to gain acceptance.
Max is struggling at school and is informed that he'll be expelled if he flunks another class. His main problem is not one of intelligence, it's his lack of focus. He takes on so many extracurricular activities that he doesn't have time to work on his grades. We see snippets of Max indulging in each of these activities, such as beekeeping and fencing, and these snapshots give the movie a lot of charm. It reminds me of Amelie and some of Jeunet's other work in that regard.
As usual, something feels odd in Anderson's world. This effect is heightened by the dialogue. For example, Max sounds as if he is much older. He talks so seriously and it's funny that someone of that age thinks the way he does. Watch him direct Serpico for the school play and you'll see just what I mean.
The heart of the story involves an unusual love triangle. Max befriends Herman Blume (Bill Murray), who is a wealthy tycoon and former student of Rushmore. They both develop feelings for Miss Cross (Olivia Williams), who teaches at the school.
I won't reveal any more of the plot, because it doesn't really matter. All you need to know is that Rushmore is a typical Wes Anderson film. He'll surprise you at times, make you laugh, and leave you wondering how he came up with such original ideas.
I should also mention Mark Mothersbaugh, who began his association with Anderson on this film by contributing to the soundtrack. Other music used in the film includes songs by The Kinks, The Who, The Faces, and John Lennon. They all add to the nostalgic tone and fit perfectly.
Owen Wilson doesn't appear in this one, but Luke and Andrew Wilson are both involved. If you appreciate quirky comedy, Rushmore won't disappoint.
The Criterion Blu-ray offers a superb presentation. Colors are natural throughout and you'll feel as if you are standing next to the characters. The special features are also noteworthy and the highlight is a 55-minute feature showing interviews with Murray and Anderson on the Charlie Rose Show. Fans of commentaries will be happy that Anderson, Owen Wilson and Schwartzman appear on the commentary track.
If you are curious about the appeal of Wes Anderson, Rushmore isn't a bad starting point. It won't work for everyone though.
Overall score 4.5/5