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Scott Ventura >> Movie Commentary >> August 1999 >> Rushmore


Movie Commentary by Scott Ventura


Scott's Rating:
2 / 5
Times Seen:
Viewing Date:
August 1999
IMDB Name:
Rushmore (1998)
Wes Anderson
comedy, romance
MPAA Rating:
R for language and brief nudity.


What a strange little movie! I can't put my finger on it. If it's a comedy, then it's the blackest of comedies, with two men chasing one woman. Neither should be, but they go to extreme lengths for her, often at great expense. It confuses things more that the obvious main character is hardly a protagonist. There are certainly laughs here, but the trailer's sampler of the cruelties of the war are not an accurate reflection of what lurks inside. In the end, the viewing experience was extremely tedious and not one I'd recommend. Even the oft-wonderful Bill Murray can't save this one.


Several times, the direction gave the audience a first-person perspective on scenes that are usually played off to the side. During some particularly important scenes, we see the characters through the eyes of the other character. Straight-on faces that fill the screen are awfully rare these days, and it's a compelling effect.

Not Men

Hey, that's Mark Mothersbaugh behind the original music. He was Devo.

DVD Comments

There is nothing to set the Rushmore DVD apart from any other. The theatrical trailer is present, but the disc itself contains no cast or crew information beyond the closing credits. The chapter navigation is simple enough. In the absence of menu animations, progress from screen to screen is quick. English subtitles are oddly labeled "captions", but at least they're present.

Rushmore was filmed in 2.35:1. Maybe it's by design, but there are several times when the full text of something will run just past the edge of the screen. I can't decide, is my television too narrow? Did they crop it poorly during the mastering process? Either way, it would be a travesty to watch this movie panned and scanned. The composition is exquisite.

See the IMDB information on Rushmore's DVD.

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