Lilabet Johnstongil ‘15
Rushmore, directed by Wes Anderson, isn’t exactly a classic film. It came out within most of our lifetimes—1998—and is in full color. However, it was both Jason Schwartzman’s first movie and the movie that brought Bill Murray’s career back to life. Wow! This movie is about a teenage boy named Max Fischer (Schwartzman) who goes to the prestigious Rushmore Academy. Forever on the brink of flunking out and devoid of friends his own age, Max befriends Herman Blume (Murray), the father of two of Max’s classmates, and falls in love with a teacher named Rosemary Cross who is, according to Blume, “sweet but…fucked up.” These two relationships lead to all sorts of loony antics, chief among them the illegal building of an aquarium and one mystery character getting beaten up by a bunch of ten year olds in Halloween costumes. The greatest triumph of Rushmore is its surprisingly accurate portrayal of teen angst in a way that feels the exact opposite of contrived or generic. Technically it’s a coming of age movie, but only in name. The cast of this movie is nearly perfect, from Seymour Cassel as Max’s soft-spoken father to Brian Cox as the inscrutable Dr. Guggenheim. The soundtrack, which was originally nothing but the Kinks, is made up mainly of British Invasion that draws the whole movie together. Of all the quirky coming-of-age movies to come out in our lifetimes, this one is far and away the best. Grab your beret and go watch it!