BY ISA MONTAGNESE
THE GIST: A young man played by Jason Schwartzman learns about life and love while struggling with his grades at his school, Rushmore. He befriends and competes with a cranky business man played by Anderson’s muse Bill Murray. Lessons are learned as our young hero comes of age. This is my favourite Wes Anderson movie by far, purely because it’s simple and so relatable.
THE CHARACTER: I think I’m going to have to pick our main man Max Fischer. Unlike other Anderson movies, Rushmore is about just one person trying to figure things out. Max is that over achieving little wiener we all knew in high school who was nice enough, but you hated and couldn’t figure out why. In the end, however, Max gets his shit together and, turns out, he isn’t so bad after all.
THE MUSIC: Bill Murray’s character’s kids have their extravagant birthday party by their pool while the song “Nothin’ in the World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ’bout That Girl” by the Kinks. This song on its own is sad and mellow but paired with Murray’s “nothing left to lose” cannonball into his pool and his soggy cigarette makes me sad for an unlikeable dude.
WHERE IT REALLY GOES WES: The film’s first Anderson-y montage is a long list of the clubs Max belongs to. Set to the song “Making Time” by The Creation and complete with classic Anderson font, symmetry, quick editing, lots of fun details, old-timey club names and tableau style shots, this montage really sets the tone. (See below)
Maybe I’m spending too much of my time starting up clubs and putting on plays. I should probably be trying harder to score chicks. That’s the only thing anybody really cares about.
– Max Fischer