The Royal Tenenbaums

December 14, 2001 0 By Fans
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An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when one of their member announces he has a terminal illness.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 7.6/10 (105,505 voted)

Critic's Score: 75/100

Wes Anderson

Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Writers: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson


Gene Hackman

Royal Tenenbaum

Anjelica Huston

Etheline Tenenbaum

Ben Stiller

Chas Tenenbaum

Gwyneth Paltrow

Margot Tenenbaum

Luke Wilson

Richie Tenenbaum

Owen Wilson

Eli Cash

Bill Murray

Raleigh St. Clair

Danny Glover

Henry Sherman

Seymour Cassel


Kumar Pallana


Alec Baldwin



Grant Rosenmeyer

Ari Tenenbaum

Jonah Meyerson

Uzi Tenenbaum

Aram Aslanian-Persico

Young Chas Tenenbaum

Irene Gorovaia

Young Margot Tenenbaum

Family Isn't A Word… It's A Sentence.

Release Date: 14 December 2001

Filming Locations: 144th Street & Convent Avenue, Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $21,000,000


Opening Weekend: $276,981
(16 December 2001)
(5 Screens)

Gross: $71,441,250

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Danny Glover's look in the film was modeled after UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. This was Wes Anderson's idea, after Glover, who knows Annan personally, introduced Anderson to him at a UN event.


Royal's cigarette jumps from his hand to the ashtray repeatedly when he is having a conference with his three children.


[first lines]

Royal Tenenbaum bought the house on Archer Avenue in the winter of his 35th year. Over the next decade, he and his wife had three children, and then they separated.

User Review

The perfect balance of drama and comedy

Rating: 10/10

I loved this film.

The Tenenbaum's dysfunction (while amplified for the screen) is quite
an accurate portrayal of family life. Families are, essentially, groups
of people living in each other's pockets, and, invariably, those people
who love you and hate you the most.

Don't get me wrong, Royal and his (thermo)nuclear family of brilliant
buffoons do not represent my family (or any other in the world I
think!) but the family united against a miscreant father is a motif a
lot of people can understand. It is this common humanity that really
appeals to me as a film watcher, and what, ultimately made this film so
very memorable to me.

The ensemble cast is astonishingly proficient. They all lend a perfect
quirkiness to the roles. Anjelica Houston is the perfect former Mrs
Royal Tenenbaum, down to the smallest nuance, Ben Stiller and Luke
Wilson turn in wonderful performances, and this is the only role I've
seen Gwenyth Paltrow in where I actually thought she was someone other
than Gwenyth Paltrow (this is not an insult, it's just that people
don't always do it for everyone, you know…?). Bill Murray, Gene
Hackman, Owen Wilson, all excellent, all the time.

The black comedy counterbalanced with the drama of the issues raised in
this film left me feeling like I'd witnessed a film event, rather than
just another film. I loved every frame of it, from the Baldwin narrated
opening, to the final tying up of ends. It never dwelled on melodrama,
or the more potentially unsavoury elements, and it didn't sink into the
schmaltzy "We all love each other" end it could well have. It began
perfectly, and it ended perfectly.

I can't recommend this movie more highly. It's a must see for anyone
who loves quirky and emotive storytelling, great characters and
beautiful dialogue.