Retro: The Unquiet American


Wes Anderson
USA 1998
93 min

Wes Anderson’s second feature (1998) has some of the charm and youthful comic energy of its pre­decessor <![CDATA[<i>]]>(Bottle Rocket)<![CDATA[</i>]]>, also coscripted by Owen Wilson, but it also represents a quantum leap. Jason Schwartzman plays an ambitious working-class tenth grader who’s flunking out of a private school – the Rushmore of the title – because he’s too engrossed in extracurricular activities. To make matters worse, he develops a crush on a young widow (Olivia Williams) who’s a grammar-school teacher there. His two best friends are a schoolmate who’s much younger and a disaffected millionaire alumnus (Bill Murray) who’s much older, and part of the lift of this movie is that it creates a utopian democracy among different age groups. Things come to a crisis when the millionaire becomes the hero’s romantic rival. Stylistically fresh and full of sweetness that never cloys, this is contemporary Hollywood filmmaking at its near best.

<![CDATA[<i>]]>(Chicago Reader)<![CDATA[</i>]]>

  • Jason Schwartzman - Max Fisher
  • Bill Murray - Herman Blume
  • Olivia Williams - Rosemary Cross
  • Brian Cox - Dr. Guggenheim
  • Wes Anderson
  • Owen Wilson
  • Robert Yeoman
  • Pawel Wdowczak
  • John Nutt
  • David Moritz
  • Mark Mothersbaugh
  • David Wasco
  • Karen Paten
Touchstone Pictures

Buena Vista Pictures Distributions

Buena Vista (Austria)
35 mm
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