(out of 5)

Jason Schwartzman is hilarious as a lovesick student at the titular private school, a member of every possible after school club but failing every subject he’s studying. Olivia Williams is the teacher who is also the apple of his eye, but he’s going to have to fight to have her because disenchanted Bill Murray (in his best performance yet), father of one of the students, is hot on her trail. The movie possesses a lazy glamour, a tacky wisdom all of its own; the depiction of a geeky, underachieving teenager as hero instead of comic relief in some plastic teen dream flick is a welcome and relieving one. Written by Anderson and Owen Wilson, who previously collaborated on the indie hit Bottle Rocket, and after Rushmore made The Royal Tenenbaums.

American Empirical Pictures, Touchstone Pictures

USA, 1998

Directed by Wes Anderson

Screenplay by Wes Anderson,

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Podcasts:  My Criterions

Golden Globe Awards:  1998

Independent Spirit Awards 1998.

New York Film Critics Awards 1998.  

Toronto International Film Festival:  1998

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