Wes Anderson Month at The Frida continues with 1998’s Rushmore, the story of a year in the life of Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in the country. Max is excessively proud to be a Rushmore student, partaking in many extra curricular activities, such as being the editor of the newspaper and yearbook; founder of the debate team, the dodgeball society, and the Max Fischer Players; and president of the French club, German club, and chess club.
One catch — Max also happens to be one of the worst students in the school. While he touts his many accomplishments, and looks forward to his seemingly inevitable admission to Oxford, Max finds himself threatened with expulsion – a looming catastrophe that barely fazes him when he finds himself falling for lovely teacher Rosemary (Olivia Wilde). But when Max’s business savvy mentor Herman J. Blume (Bill Murray) starts having an affair with Rosemary, Max discovers a new ambition – to be a warrior in the name of love, vanquish his foe, and win the hand of his lady love.
“Schwartzman is cautious but stubbornly optimistic, while Murray is possessed by the mania of near-despair… They make the best and most disconcerting odd couple that American movies have produced in a long while.” — Anthony Lane, New Yorker
“One of the freshest, richest, most original films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time.” — Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
“It’s a particular treat for its skewed, hilarious memories of a cutthroat boyhood.” — Janet Maslin, New York Times