Parents' Guide to

Rushmore

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Quirky '90s comedy has profanity, sex, underage drinking.

Movie R 1998 93 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 16+

Beautiful color and Murray slays...

A well crafted film that has a lot to offer in terms of cinematography and use of color. The framing of shots and the theatrical integration is well, very Wes Anderson, and it's beautiful. Olivia Williams' character gets short shrift as a one-dimensional person that serves as an object of affection and is on the receiving end of multiple manipulations. Murray of course kills it. He is believable, heartbreaking, and spiteful. His pain reverberates in every scene he is in as does his shame and his turmoil.
age 15+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (17 ):

This abstract story about the misery that comes from the grandiosity and humiliation during adolescence is probably of more interest to adults. Many teens are already only too aware of those experiences.

Rushmore is not a movie in which people learn great lessons and are drawn closer together. It's a movie in which a lot of hurt people grope toward something that even they cannot quite visualize. Its appeal is in its quirky characters and in its moments of humor and perception.

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