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The Royal Tenenbaums

I imagine this movie is how your 30’s feel?


Release date: December 14, 2001
Director: Wes Anderson
Language: English

Who should watch this movie: Former gifted kids who now have depression/anxiety. 

When should you watch this movie: When you’ve just started therapy. When you’re preparing to go home for the holidays. 

The sell: Though requiring a high tolerance for twee, The Royal Tenenbaums is an honest (and at times ridiculous) portrayal of family life. In particular, the challenge of evolving familial ties as both children and parents age. In some ways, the Tenenbaums are a bizarre case study – all of the children having been prodigiously successful at a young age. And yet, as Anderson zooms in on their vulnerabilities, they begin to resemble every family you’ve ever known. The idiosyncrasies merely provide a quirky backdrop to the most universal human experience, failure. Failure of career, of relationships, and of self. There are moments in this film that strike a difficult chord, baring the uglier side of otherwise loving people – namely their selfishness and duplicity. But catharsis arrives as radical acceptance prevails and lands on something resembling compassion.  The ensemble cast is pitch perfect and the dead-pan tone (now associated with all of Anderson’s work) lends a healthy bit of irony to a story teetering on the edge of overly-sombre. Now, be honest, how many of y’all have dressed up as Margot Tenenbaum for Halloween? 


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