The Royal Tenenbaums
Starring: Luke Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Anjelica Huston
Duration: 110 min
Royal Tenenbaum (Hackman) is the errant patriarch of the Tenenbaum clan, who after a number of years without contact tries to worm his way back into the family’s affections when his layabout lifestyle becomes no longer possible. His children, however, are reluctant to welcome him open armed with all of them facing problems of their own. Oldest son Chas (Stiller), who made his name as an entrepreneurial wiz-kid from an early age, is now a widower with two sons, paranoid about the safety of his family following the accident which killed his wife. Adopted daughter Margot (Paltrow), a precocious child playwright, who hasn’t written anything for years, drifts through a series of promiscuous encounters despite being married to psychologist Raleigh St. Clair (Murray). Younger son Richie (Wilson), a former tennis champ, aimlessly travels the high seas following a public breakdown brought about by his impossible love for Margot. Episodically unfolding like chapters in a book, The Royal Tenenbaums is guided by the wry narration of Alec Baldwin as the film moves between short, sharp and hugely enjoyable comic vignettes.
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