Rushmore

If Jean-Luc Godard and Takeshi Kitano had collaborated on Revenge of the Nerds, they might have produced something like this. Directed by Wes Anderson, the 1999 Rushmore centers around high school student Max (Jason Schwartzman), who’s been placed on academic probation for his abysmal grades. When he falls in love with Miss Cross (Olivia Williams), he prepares to build an aquarium to impress her, with financial support from one of Rushmore’s benefactors, Mr. Blume (Bill Murray). Kindred spirits Blume and Max become good friends—until Blume too falls in love with Miss Cross. From here, the story takes so many unexpected and immensely funny turns that to describe them would ruin much of the movie’s charm. (R) BRET FETZER

Fri., March 6, 11:59 p.m.; Sat., March 7, 11:59 p.m., 2009

 
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