Rushmore tells the twisted tale of a boy who falls in love with his teacher and will do just about anything to get her to love him back. Okay, so that might not be the best explanation, but it's the best I can do to paraphrase. The fact is, Rushmore is a weird and original film that emphasizes on a comedy not seen in most movies. Bill Murray seems right at home - that's not to say he has a weird sense of comedy, but it seems that in this movie his true style is revealed.
Of course, Rushmore really isn't that funny... but it's not not funny at the same time. It is hard to explain, since I didn't really find anything to laugh at in this movie, yet I was intrigued and interested the whole through. It might be the strange soundtrack for one, or the appearance of the main character for two, or the way the main character acts for three. No matter which one it is, I must say I enjoyed Rushmore, even if I didn't find it that funny.
The strange thing is is that out of all of the movies released in the last couple years, Rushmore sticks in my mind as the most polarized. Some people absolutely loved this film and thought it was hilarious; others hated this film and found it extremely boring. I fall in between, where it isn't funny but it isn't boring either.
This might be the most indecisive review you've read in a while, but the reason is that this movie is just so cooky. Everything about it just isn't like most films, and maybe that's why I respect it so much. I don't know.
Rushmore is a movie that's strange to describe, but I suggest you see it and decide for yourself. You'll either like it or you won't, and there's only one way to find out.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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