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The Royal Tenenbaums
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Directed By
Wes Anderson

Written By:
Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson

Cast:
Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Seymour Cassel, Kumar Pallana, Jonah Meyerson

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 30th, 2007

Weird Grandpas are my favorites

I had an odd little Italian grandfather who said and did whatever he damn well pleased by the time that I came along. Growing up with him was no joy for my mother and her three younger brothers as he was at times an unstable drunk who could be mean and hurtful. Through the strength of my grandmother, my mom and her brothers were closer than most people who grew up in functional families.

I suppose this is why I bonded so much with this movie. I grew up in an atmosphere of odd personalities and an underlying current of both bitterness and strength. We learned to overlook the small things to the point of denying to ourselves when we were really hurting over something. Out of everyone in this study I could relate to Ben Stiller the most, although I don't have the A type personality.

I delighted in watching Hackman take his grandsons out and do up the town in a way that he'd never done with his son. My grandfather had treated me like I was his princess, doing so much for me that even as a child I could sense the jealousy that my mother had about it. While she never went so far as to feel put out by her father, she quite clearly saw him in a different light when she saw him with me as opposed to when she'd grown up with him.

I've talked too much about my own family in this review. Needless to say, this is a movie about family. If you value yours as much as I value mine, you're sure to love this movie as well. When I saw it in the theaters I went with someone who wasn't close to his family. As we were walking out of the theater he looked over at me with a confused expression at my tears. "I didn't get it," he said.

"That's too bad," I responded and felt a little sorry for him.

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