Beloved by hipsters everywhere, director Wes Anderson — who is known for his attention to detail in production design and quirky sensibilities — moves beyond the indie niche in this commercial and critical 2001 standout film. It took Anderson and cowriter Owen Wilson, a frequent collaborator who stars as Eli Cash, two years to complete the Oscar-nominated original screenplay, a story of complex family relationships. Filmed in New York City, but with an effort to mask the milieu, this film follows the reconciliation of Royal Tenenbaum, played by Gene Hackman, with his wife, Etheline (Anjelica Huston), and three adult children (Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson) after he tells them of a cancer diagnosis. Absurdist at times, the film is still relatable as it considers the heavy burden of early success and the pull of nostalgia that sometimes stops the full progression from adolescence into adulthood.
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