Title Rushmore

Date Watched 12/21/13

Year 1998

Director Wes Anderson

Nationality Texan

Original Language English

Awards Nominated for 1 Golden Globe

Quotes

  • Herman Blune: What’s the secret, Max?
  • Max Fischer: The secret?
  • Herman Blume: Yeah, you seem to have it pretty figured out.
  • Max Fischer: The secret, I don’t know… I guess you’ve just gotta find something you love to do and then… do it for the rest of your life.  For me, it’s going to Rushmore.
  • Herman Rushmore: She’s my Rushmore.
  • Max Fischer: I know.  She was mine too.
  • Max Fischer: I saved Latin.  What did you ever do?
  • Dr Peter Flynn: I understand you’re a neurosurgeon.
  • Bert Fischer: No, I’m a barber, but a lot of people make that mistake.
  • Max Fischer: I was punched in the face. What’s your excuse?
  • Herman Blume: She’s in love with a dead guy anyway.

Opinion/Themes

(stolen from a few other reviewers online, linked to at the bottom)

Obession

  • With what you love
  • With love

Contrast

  • Age – 15 year old Max acts like an adult (suit, leader of the pack, opinionated) vs. 50 year old Herman who acts like a child (when at war by destroying the bike, mannerisms by jumping fences/hiding underwater, and being awkwardly around women with the note giving/running away/showing up at the doorstep with a silly excuse/lie)
  • Love/Hate – Max’s and Herman’s relationship goes from Love to Hate back to Love again 
  • Schools – Rushmore (the open gate, neatly cared for landscape) versus the public school (rusty sign and gate)
  • Herman – revengeful, bitter, old married business man, selfish, self-centered, cold, bully-like yet generous, kind, childlike, vulnerable, empathetic, mentor-like

Each character has a Rushmore

  • Herman – Rosemary Cross
  • Max – Rushmore
  • Rosemary – her dead husband

Show not Tell

  • Max being a leader to his peers/making a dent in the universe (Opening Geometry Scene)
  • Why it is natural for men to go to war yet how we will always be children (Numerous war scenes between Max and Herman over Rosemary)
  • The care and attention Max devotes to everything and how powerful he can be when he focuses on something specific (Quick scenes of Max in every club and activity each with a different costume) 

Favorite Scenes

  1. Badass Bee Scene – the slow mo and expression of revenge and satisfaction on Max’s young face is perfect. Life seems to always be about war of things we believe in and want. So much so that once at war we may forget what we were originally fighting for.
  2. When Herman finds out Max’s dad is a Barber not a Neurosurgeon – a split second of realization followed by deeper understanding and love for who Max is. I don’t understand the deeper meaning behind Max’s repeated quotes of “I did this… what did you do?” as if that was the meaning of success in life. I know this is somehow related.
  3. Herman diving into the swimming pool with his cigarette and alcohol then staying underwater letting the child observe him curiously – I just see this as the stark contrast of how much he hates life yet how he still finds a way to incorporate dry humor into it.
  4. Rosemary teaching art with the oversized man’s shirt on backwards – she was quite beautiful in this scene and shows reason why the men and boys were at war for her heart.

Rating Four Stars

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