A great ensemble cast make up this twisted tale of supremely dysfunctional family life, set in a storybook New York from the director of Rushmore. Royal Tenenbaum (Hackman) is the patriarch of the family of geniuses. Years earlier he’d turned his back on them, leaving anthropologist wife Etheline (Huston) to raise Chas, a teenage financial wizard; Margot a prizewinning plarwright at 14 and junior tennis champ and three times nationals winner Richie. Two decades later these former high achievers can’t cope and have returned to the family home where one day a knock on the door brings a penitent Royal, seeking sanctuary in the bosom of his family. This film moves between laugh out loud comedy and quiet touching moments with charm and ease.
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