Rushmore | Chicago Reader


Wes Anderson's second feature (1998) has some of the charm and youthful comic energy of its predecessor (Bottle Rocket), also coscripted by Owen Wilson, but it also represents a quantum leap. Jason Schwartzman plays an ambitious working-class tenth grader who's flunking out of a private school—the Rushmore of the title—because he's too engrossed in extracurricular activities. To make matters worse, he develops a crush on a young widow (Olivia Williams) who's a grammar-school teacher there. His two best friends are a schoolmate who's much younger and a disaffected millionaire alumnus (Bill Murray) who's much older, and part of the lift of this movie is that it creates a utopian democracy among different age groups. Things come to a crisis when the millionaire becomes the hero's romantic rival. Stylistically fresh and full of sweetness that never cloys, this is contemporary Hollywood filmmaking at its near best.



  • Wes Anderson


  • Jason Schwartzman
  • Bill Murray
  • Olivia Williams
  • Seymour Cassel
  • Brian Cox
  • Mason Gamble
  • Sara Tanaka
  • Stephen McCole
  • Ronnie McCawley
  • Keith McCawley
  • Connie Nielsen
  • Kim Terry


  • Owen Wilson
  • Wes Anderson


  • Wes Anderson
  • John Cameron
  • Barry Mendel
  • Paul Schiff
  • Owen Wilson

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