Some films create an entire world with its own rules and its own geography. Rushmore is one of the greatest of these.
The grounds and environs of Rushmore Academy are at once familiar and strange, populated by bored millionaires and Scottish vagabonds, lost aquatic heroes and their grieving lovers, gruff headmasters and winsome Asian teens – and of course, 15-year-old Max Fischer (newcomer Jason Schwartzman), part Ferris Bueller, part Jay Gatsby and arguably the most complex, original, loveable but infuriating movie creation of the past three decades.
His grades are so poor he risks being thrown out of school, but Max – a scholarship student who tells people his father is a neurosurgeon (he’s actually a barber) – isn’t about to let his academic performance cramp his career at Rushmore.
He’s the editor of the student paper, president of the chess, stamp, bee-keeping, astronomy, German and French clubs, captain of the fencing and debate teams, founder of the Dodgeball Society, and the creative force of The Max Fischer Players.
Then there’s his unreciprocated passion for Miss Cross (Olivia Williams), the new first-grade teacher. With the help of his wealthy industrialist friend Mr Herman Blume (Bill Murray), Max reckons he can win her heart by constructing an aquarium on the school baseball field.
The tycoon and Max fall out when Herman also develops a crush on Miss Cross, and an extended battle ensues.
This is a peculiar, poignant comedy with an outstanding character turn from Murray.
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