Rushmore

Thursday, November 19
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1hr 33mins // directed by:Wes Anderson // featuring:Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams

Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom) brings wit and emotional depth to this offbeat coming-of-age tale chronicling a year in the life of wunderkind Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a tenth-grade scholarship student at posh Rushmore Academy.

Max is Rushmore’s least scholarly pupil, but also its most extracurricular. He’s editor of the school newspaper and yearbook, captain of the fencing and debating teams, founder and director of the Max Fischer Players, and president of the French Club, German Club, Chess Club, and almost everything else. His world is thrown into turmoil when he’s put on academic probation and falls madly in love with widowed first-grade teacher Rosemary Cross. To win her heart, he enlists the help of self-made millionaire industrialist and Rushmore benefactor Herman J. Blume (Bill Murray at his Bill Murray-ist). When Max learns that his friend Blume is dating Miss Cross, he declares all-out war.