Royal Tenenbaums [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs]

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Director Wes Anderson and his longtime friend and writing partner Owen Wilson follow up Bottle Rocket (1996) and Rushmore (1998) with this similarly offbeat comedy about a dysfunctional family reunion. Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) was a successful attorney who had three children with his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston), an archaeologist. Each of the Tenenbaum kids was a precocious genius: Chas (Ben Stiller) made a killing as a child investor. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior tennis champ and three-time U.S. Nationals winner. The adopted Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright who won a 50,000 Braverman Grant in the ninth grade. When Royal abruptly left his family, however, it was the beginning of two decades of betrayal and failure that would scar the Tenenbaums for life. Their past resentments are bitterly held against Royal when he suddenly reappears, claiming to have six weeks to live and a desire to reconnect with his family. Typically, Royal's story is a sham, but his presence and sincere desire for absolution soon have a profound effect on the Tenenbaums, who are each dealing with thwarted desires and relationships. Among them are Richie's lifelong love for Margot, who's unhappily married to Raleigh St.Clair (Bill Murray) and Etheline's eccentric engagement to Henry Sherman (Danny Glover), who wishes to marry her. The Royal Tenenbaums also co-stars Owen Wilson and features narration provided by Alec Baldwin. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Chapter List

Side #1 -- The Movie
1. Prologue: Family of Geniuses
2. Cast of Characters: The Players
3. Chapter One: 22 Years Later
4. Chapter Two: Reunion of the Tenenbaum Children
5. Chapter Three: A Pretty Bad Case of Cancer
6. Maddox Hill Cemetery: The Salt of the Earth
7. Chapter Four: Royal's Encyclopedias Are Placed in Storage
8. Chapter Five: An Obsolete Vernacular
9. Chapter Six: Between the Buttons
10. Chapter Seven: Mordecai Comes Back
11. Chapter Eight: Etheline and Henry's Wedding
12. Epilogue: BB Gun Salute
1. Five Minutes of Strength
2. The First Thing
3. Stuck in Time/Starting the Story
4. A New York Fable/Key Scenes
5. It Should Be Easy
6. The Third Wilson/Breaking Cinematic Rules
7. Royal's Mission
8. Peaking Early
9. Deep Wounds/The Possibility of Death
10. Bird Trouble/Preferable Sadness
11. A Good Dog/Take 18
12. Exaggerated Familiarity/The Family Plot