|The Royal Tenenbaums|
Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray
Criterion Collection two-disc set; widescreen; closed caption; English subtitles; commentary by director Wes Anderson; "With the Filmmaker: Portraits by Albert Maysles," featuring Wes Anderson; exclusive video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray and Danny Glover; "The Peter Bradley Show," featuring interviews with additional cast members; outtakes; "The Art of the Movie": Young Richie's murals and paintings, still photographs by set photographer James Hamilton, book and magazine covers, Studio 360 radio segment on painter Miguel Calderón, and storyboards; collectible insert including Eric Anderson's drawings; theatrical trailer.
|Prickly, invigorating and mordantly funny glimpse into the doings of the unconventional Tenenbaum family. A contentious husband and wife (Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston), now divorced, produced three prodigies who, though wildly successful in adolescence, are now aging, veering toward has-been-dom and returning to the nest. At the same time, the long-absent Tenenbaum dad tries to insinuate himself back into the lives of his offspring. As the Tenenbaum kids in the nadir of young adulthood, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller and Luke Wilson hit the spot. Owen Wilson, Luke's brother, plays the Tenenbaum siblings' now-grown-up childhood friend a self-destructive rebel who has achieved acclaim as an author and also co-wrote the script with director Wes Anderson. With a roster of oddballs reminiscent of the madcap relations in the classic play "You Can't Take It With You" and a pointed script infused with the clever, zany, tragicomic snap of the authors' previous collaboration, "Rushmore," this is no royal pain.|