The Royal Tenenbaums

Synopsis: Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Wes Anderson
Production: Buena Vista Distribution Compa
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 45 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min


Royal Tenenbaum bought

the house on Archer Avenue

in the winter of his 35th year.

Over the next decade

he and his wife

had three children

and then they separated.

Are you

getting divorced?

At the moment, no...

but... it doesn't look good.

Do you still love us?

Of course I do.

Do you still love Mom?

Yes, very much, but your

mother's asked me to leave

and I must respect

her position on the matter.

Is it our fault?



we made certain sacrifices

as a result of having children,

but, uh...

no, Lord, no.

Then why'd she ask you to leave?

I don't really know anymore.

Maybe, uh, I wasn't as true

to her as I could've been.

Well, she said...

Let's just drop it

shall we, uh, Chassie?

They were never

legally divorced.

Thank you, Pagoda.

Etheline Tenenbaum

kept the house

and raised the children

and their education was

her highest priority.

Yes, I'll hold, please.

Thank you.

I need $187.

Write yourself a check.

Bene. Si.

Grazie mille.

She wrote a book

on the subject.

- Chas, Chas!

- Richie!

Uh, the gentleman

in the blue cardigan, please.

Thank you. I have

a two-part question.

Go ahead.

Chas Tenenbaum had,

since elementary school

taken most of his meals

in his room

standing up at his desk

with a cup of coffee

to save time.

In the sixth grade,

he went into business

breeding Dalmatian mice

which he sold to a pet shop

in Little Tokyo.

He started buying real estate

in his early teens

and seemed to have an almost

preternatural understanding

of international finance.

He negotiated the purchase

of his father's summer house

on Eagle's Island.

Hold it, Chassie.

Hold it right there.

What are you doing?

You're on my team.

There are no teams.

The BB was still lodged

between two knuckles

in Chas's left hand.

Margot Tenenbaum was adopted

at age two.

Her father had always noted

this when introducing her.

This is my adopted daughter

Margot Tenenbaum.

She was a playwright, and won

a Braverman Grant of $50,000

in the ninth grade.

She and her brother Richie

ran away from home one winter

and camped out

in the African wing

of the public archives.

Hi, Eli.

You said I could run away, too.

No, I didn't, and don't

tell anyone you saw us.

They shared a sleeping bag

and survived on crackers

and root beer.

Four years later

Margot disappeared alone

for two weeks

and came back

with half a finger missing.

Richie Tenenbaum had been

a champion tennis player

since the third grade.

Do you copy, Anonymous?

He turned pro at 17

and won the U.S. Nationals

three years in a row.

He kept a studio

in the corner of the ballroom

but had failed to develop

as a painter.

Up... up...




On weekends

Royal took him on outings

around the city.

Put it out there.

These invitations

were never extended

to anyone else.

Richie's best friend, Eli Cash,

lived with his aunt

in the building

across the street.

He was a regular fixture

at family gatherings

holidays, mornings before

school, and most afternoons.

The three Tenenbaum children

performed Margot's first play

on the night

of her 11th birthday.

They had agreed

to invite their father

to the party.

What'd you think, Dad?

Mmm... didn't seem

believable to me.

Why are you wearing pajamas?

Do you live here?

He has permission to sleep over.

Well, did you at least think

the characters

were well-developed?

What characters?

This is a bunch

oflittle kids, uh

dressed up in animal costumes.

Good night, everyone.

Well, sweetie...

don't be mad at me.

That's just one man's opinion.

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Wes Anderson

Wesley Wales "Wes" Anderson is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, and actor. His films are known for their distinctive visual and narrative style. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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