January 11, 2002

The Royal Tenembaums

royalA delightfully baroque portrait of the ultimate upper-class New York intellectual family. I felt like writer/director Wes Anderson ran out of plot about halfway through the movie, but the climactic wedding/car crash scene almost makes up for it. Gene Hackman, who does comedy better than another 1970s icon (Robert De Niro), hardly ever plays a father in the movies: the last time he played someone's father was in Class Action (1991). (Kendall Square Cinema)