History Film / TheRoyalTenenbaums

2nd Jul '16 11:42:59 AM DuskNoble
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* BeardOfSorrow: Richie grew a beard after he has an emotional breakdown on the tennis court, and keeps it throughout the film to highlight his depressed nature. [[spoiler: He shaves it right before attempting to kill himself. Afterwards things start to look up.]]

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* BeardOfSorrow: Richie grew a beard after he has an emotional breakdown on the tennis court, and keeps it throughout the film to highlight his depressed nature. [[spoiler: He shaves it right before attempting to kill himself. Afterwards Afterwards, things start to look up.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Royal manages patch things up with his family, even when it comes to light he doesn't actually have cancer. Chas starts to bond with him, Margot starts writing again, and Richie finally acts on his romantic love for his adopted sister. The film ends with Royal's death and funeral]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Royal manages patch things up with his family, even when it comes to light he doesn't actually have cancer. Chas starts to bond with him, Margot starts writing again, and Richie finally acts on his romantic love for his adopted sister. The film ends with Royal's death and funeral]]funeral.]]



* BullyingTheDragon: Royal attempts to antagonize and bully Henry out of the house royally backfires when Henry reveals [[spoiler: his deceased wife ''died'' of stomach cancer so he easily calls his bluff.]]

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* BullyingTheDragon: Royal Royal's attempts to antagonize and bully Henry out of the house royally backfires backfire when Henry reveals [[spoiler: his deceased wife ''died'' of stomach cancer so he easily calls his bluff.]]



** Chas is playing on this of this-his wife's death has clearly affected him deeply and turned him into an OverprotectiveDad, but he doesn't seem openly depressed. He becomes this for a few minutes [[spoiler: after chasing down Eli for running down his dog]].
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: After a private detective reveals Margot's secrets, including numerous illicit affairs, Raleigh's first response is, "She smokes?"
* ImportantHaircut: Richie cuts his hair and shaves in a detailed scene, and we're treated to one flash cut to his pre-shave appearance [[spoiler: just before a suicide attempt]]

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** Chas is playing on this of this-his - his wife's death has clearly affected him deeply and turned him into an OverprotectiveDad, but he doesn't seem openly depressed. He becomes this for a few minutes [[spoiler: after chasing down Eli for running down his dog]].
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: After a private detective reveals Margot's secrets, including numerous illicit affairs, Raleigh's first response is, is "She smokes?"
* ImportantHaircut: Richie cuts his hair and shaves in a detailed scene, and we're treated to one flash cut to his pre-shave appearance [[spoiler: just before a suicide attempt]]attempt.]]



* LimitedWardrobe: One of the few live action examples. Every Tenenbaums child has a uniform that doesn't really change throughout the film/their entire lives. Chas's retirement of his wardrobe is a sign of character growth: WordOfGod says that he dressed himself and his sons in bright red track suits at all times so that if there was an emergency in a crowded place, they could spot one another easily. [[spoiler: By retiring this, it shows he's going to stop being so overprotective of his kids.]]

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* LimitedWardrobe: One of the few live action examples. Every Tenenbaums Tenenbaum child has a uniform that doesn't really change throughout the film/their entire lives. Chas's retirement of his wardrobe is a sign of character growth: WordOfGod says that he dressed himself and his sons in bright red track suits at all times so that if there was an emergency in a crowded place, they could spot one another easily. [[spoiler: By retiring this, it shows he's going to stop being so overprotective of his kids.]]



* NotBloodSiblings: Deconstructed in that Richie still knows romantic feelings for Margot are unacceptable by society's standards, and his inability to deal with them or tell her how he feels contributes to his failing mental health. [[spoiler: After Richie's suicide attempt she comes to realize how much she cares for him too, and they manage to become happy together.]]
* MustMakeAmends: Roy in the last third of the film. [[spoiler: He finds a lawyer to finalize divorce papers with his wife, refers to Margot as his "daughter" and supports her writing a play about him, brings Chas along on his outings, and comforts Richie.]]

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* NotBloodSiblings: Deconstructed in that Richie still knows romantic feelings for Margot are unacceptable by society's standards, and his inability to deal with them or tell her how he feels contributes to his failing mental health. [[spoiler: After Richie's suicide attempt attempt, she comes to realize how much she cares for him too, and they manage to become happy together.]]
* MustMakeAmends: Roy Royal in the last third of the film. [[spoiler: He finds a lawyer to finalize divorce papers with his wife, refers to Margot as his "daughter" and supports her writing a play about him, brings Chas along on his outings, and comforts Richie.]]



* ParentalFavoritism: Richie is easily the favorite of the family. Royal told everyone he met Margot was adopted, and would introduce her as, "My adopted daughter." Chaz had money stolen from him by Royal several times, usually by way of Royal have control over his businesses while he was still a minor, and seems to harbor the most resentment to his father in adulthood. Richie got along well with Royal, who took him to (admittedly seedy) places around the city. When Royal comes back, Richie is the only one who hits it off with him right away, although Royal is a bit disappointed Richie lost his famous match (due to having placed a large bet that he'd win).

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* ParentalFavoritism: Richie is easily the favorite of the family. Royal told everyone he met Margot was adopted, and would introduce her as, as "My adopted daughter." Chaz had money stolen from him by Royal several times, usually by way of Royal have having control over his businesses while he was still a minor, and seems to harbor the most resentment to towards his father in adulthood. Richie got along well with Royal, who took him to (admittedly seedy) places around the city. When Royal comes back, Richie is the only one who hits it off with him right away, although Royal is a bit disappointed Richie lost his famous match (due to having placed a large bet that he'd win).



* TeenGenius: All three Tenenbaum children are deconstructions-they peaked early, and their personal problems have far outweighed their given talents in adult life.

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* TeenGenius: All three Tenenbaum children are deconstructions-they deconstructions - they peaked early, and their personal problems have far outweighed their given talents in adult life.



* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Henry and Etheline

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* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Henry and EthelineEtheline.
8th May '16 9:40:29 AM JorWat
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29th Apr '16 11:41:26 PM NedCberry
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22nd Apr '16 2:31:47 AM Mdumas43073
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A kind of sister movie to Creator/WesAnderson's later project ''TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou'', which has nearly identical cast and a similar (though much more dream-like) atmosphere.

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A kind of sister movie to Creator/WesAnderson's Anderson's later project ''TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou'', which has nearly identical cast and a similar (though much more dream-like) atmosphere.
22nd Apr '16 2:31:27 AM Mdumas43073
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* Etheline Tenenbaum (Anjelica Huston): archeologist. Spent most of her early life schooling her three genius children...

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* Etheline Tenenbaum (Anjelica Huston): (Creator/AnjelicaHuston): archeologist. Spent most of her early life schooling her three genius children...
22nd Apr '16 2:30:28 AM Mdumas43073
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** Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow): Playwright. Known for her secrecy (isn't that an oxymoron?). Hasn't written a play in years. Spends most of her time smoking in the bathroom.

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** Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow): (Creator/GwynethPaltrow): Playwright. Known for her secrecy (isn't that an oxymoron?). Hasn't written a play in years. Spends most of her time smoking in the bathroom.
22nd Apr '16 2:22:59 AM Mdumas43073
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* Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman): former lawyer. The patriarch, distant and boozing, treats his kids very inequally. Is separated from...

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* Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman): (Creator/GeneHackman): former lawyer. The patriarch, distant and boozing, treats his kids very inequally. Is separated from...
10th Apr '16 1:33:02 PM ArthurEld
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Royal manages patch things up with his family, even when it comes to light he doesn't actually have cancer. Chas starts to bond with him, Margot starts writing again, and Richie finally acts on his romantic love for his adopted sister. (He only say as such to get his family to talk to him). However he later dies of a heart attack.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Royal manages patch things up with his family, even when it comes to light he doesn't actually have cancer. Chas starts to bond with him, Margot starts writing again, and Richie finally acts on his romantic love for his adopted sister. (He only say as such to get his family to talk to him). However he later dies of a heart attack.]]The film ends with Royal's death and funeral]]



* BrotherSisterIncest: Subverted; [[spoiler: ADOPTED sister.]]

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* BrotherSisterIncest: Subverted; [[spoiler: ADOPTED sister.]]Subverted with Richie and Margot.



* GuessWhoImMarrying: Only it's the ex-husband who has a problem with this more than the kids.
** Chas is less than stoked, at first.

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* GuessWhoImMarrying: Only it's the ex-husband who has Chas and Royal have a problem with this more than the kids.
** Chas is less than stoked, at first.
Etheline's upcoming marriage, as part of both of them having problems moving forward with their lives.



** Chas is the inversion of this for most of the movie as an OverprotectiveDad; he becomes this for a few minutes [[spoiler: after chasing down Eli for running down his dog]].

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** Chas is the inversion of playing on this for most of the movie as this-his wife's death has clearly affected him deeply and turned him into an OverprotectiveDad; OverprotectiveDad, but he doesn't seem openly depressed. He becomes this for a few minutes [[spoiler: after chasing down Eli for running down his dog]].



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* ParentalFavoritism: Richie is easily the favorite of the family. Royal told everyone he met Margot was adopted, and would introduce her as, "My adopted daughter." Chaz had money stolen from him by Royal several times, usually by way of Royal have contorl over his businesses while he was still a minor, and seems to harbor the most resentment to his father in adulthood. Richie got along well with Royal, who took him to (admittedly seedy) places around the city. When Royal comes back, Richie is the only one who hits it off with him right away, although Royal is a bit disappointed Richie lost his famous match (due to having placed a large bet that he'd win).

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* ParentalFavoritism: Richie is easily the favorite of the family. Royal told everyone he met Margot was adopted, and would introduce her as, "My adopted daughter." Chaz had money stolen from him by Royal several times, usually by way of Royal have contorl control over his businesses while he was still a minor, and seems to harbor the most resentment to his father in adulthood. Richie got along well with Royal, who took him to (admittedly seedy) places around the city. When Royal comes back, Richie is the only one who hits it off with him right away, although Royal is a bit disappointed Richie lost his famous match (due to having placed a large bet that he'd win).



* ShoutOut: A brother and sister living in a museum (hiding inside, at night) is more-or-less the plot of E.L. Konigsburg's ''From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler''. Minus the {{Squick}}, as it was a children's novel. Another literary reference: a character in J.D. Salinger's ''Franny and Zooey'' is endlessly in the bathtub, smoking. Wrong gender, though, to be like Margot. However, given the prominence in Salinger's fiction of [[ChildProdigy child prodigies]]--and Manhattan as a setting--it seems unlikely to be coincidental.

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* ShoutOut: A brother and sister living in a museum (hiding inside, at night) is more-or-less the plot of E.L. Konigsburg's ''From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler''. Minus the {{Squick}}, as it was a children's novel. Another literary reference: a character in J.D. Salinger's ''Franny and Zooey'' is endlessly in the bathtub, smoking. Wrong gender, though, to be smoking, like Margot. However, given the prominence in Salinger's fiction of [[ChildProdigy child prodigies]]--and Manhattan as a setting--it seems unlikely to be coincidental.Margot.



* TeenGenius: All three Tenenbaum children are subversions/deconstructions.

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* TeenGenius: All three Tenenbaum children are subversions/deconstructions.deconstructions-they peaked early, and their personal problems have far outweighed their given talents in adult life.
7th Dec '15 11:45:25 AM eroock
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* GoodTimesMontage: A montage is showing Royal and his two grandsons spending a day together and having lots of fun.
30th Oct '15 9:08:36 AM njriv77
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** FridgeBrilliance: She lost her left ring finger (the one traditionally used for wedding rings). Considering her many failed marriges and relationships, [[IncrediblyLamePun it seems she just can't keep a ring on her finger.]]
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