Herman Blume: What's the secret, Max? Rushmore
Max Fischer: The secret?
Herman Blume: Yeah, you seem to have it pretty figured out.
Max Fischer: The secret, I don't know... I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life.
is a 1998 film by Wes Anderson
, starring Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray
, and Olivia Williams. It follows the exploits of Max Fischer, 15-year-old student at the eponymous academy. He is incredibly bright but scatterbrained, preferring to do extracurricular activities instead of actual schoolwork. He becomes unlikely friends with Herman Blume, a local businessman who is unhappy with his life and becomes ispired by Max's energy.
When a new teacher arrives at Rushmore Academy, Rosemary Cross, an odd Love Triangle
develops, with Max hopelessly lusting after Rosemary while she and Herman begin having an affair. The two friends soon become bitter enemies, working to ruin each other's lives. However, since this is a comedy, and not a particularly dark one, the tone remains lighthearted and whimsical throughout
The movie has a childlike sense of awe and general quirky atmosphere, which went on to become Wes Anderson's signature style. It also allowed Bill Murray to establish himself as a dramatic actor
, though he would continue to work with Anderson in later films.
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