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Directed by Wes Anderson

United States 2001 110 mins.

Anderson fashions a fully-realized, baroque world populated by the eccentric Tenenbaum clan, a family of morose ex-wunderkinds, now adrift in harsh reality and led by Royal (Gene Hackman), who has just been unceremoniously kicked out of his hotel dwelling. Upon hearing of his ex-wife Etheline’s (Anjelica Huston) engagement to her accountant Henry (Danny Glover), Royal tries to convince her and his children that he has stomach cancer in a bid to win back their love. Through this scheme, the family is reunited—ex-playwright Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), shrewd businessman Chas (Ben Stiller), and former tennis prodigy Richie (Luke Wilson) return home to grapple with their own ideas of family and tormented pasts.