The Royal Tenenbaums

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Royal Tenenbaums (Touchstone Movie)

“The Royal Tenenbaums” is a comedy-drama film released in 2001, directed by Wes Anderson. The movie features an ensemble cast, including Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, and Bill Murray.

The story revolves around the dysfunctional Tenenbaum family, consisting of eccentric and prodigiously talented individuals. The patriarch, Royal Tenenbaum (played by Gene Hackman), is a charismatic yet manipulative and neglectful figure. He was once a successful lawyer but has been estranged from his family for years.

When Royal learns that his estranged wife, Etheline (played by Anjelica Huston), is planning to marry her longtime accountant, Henry Sherman (played by Danny Glover), he decides to mend his relationship with his family and moves back into their New York City home.

As Royal tries to reconnect with his three grown children, Chas (played by Ben Stiller), Margot (played by Gwyneth Paltrow), and Richie (played by Luke Wilson), their unresolved issues and complicated relationships come to the surface.

“The Royal Tenenbaums” is known for its unique visual style, quirky humor, and emotionally complex characters. The film weaves together themes of family, love, dysfunction, and the pursuit of personal fulfillment. It explores the impact of parental neglect and the struggle to find one’s identity amidst childhood fame and talent.

The movie received critical acclaim for its offbeat storytelling, stellar ensemble cast, and Wes Anderson’s signature visual aesthetics. It earned Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (for Anjelica Huston).

“The Royal Tenenbaums” has since become a touchstone for fans of Wes Anderson’s films and is regarded as one of his most beloved and influential works. It remains celebrated for its witty and imaginative storytelling, memorable characters, and the way it artfully captures the complexities of family dynamics.

Additional Details


  • Danny Glover: Henry Sherman
  • Gene Hackman Royal Tenenbaum
  • Anjelica Huston: Etheline Tenenbaum
  • Bill Murray: Raleigh St. Clair
  • Gwyneth Paltrow: Margot Tenenbaum
  • Ben Stiller: Chas Tenenbaum
  • Luke Wilson: Richie Tenenbaum
  • Owen Wilson: Eli Cash
  • Alec Baldwin: Narrator


  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Producers: Wes Anderson, Barry Mendel and Scott Rudin
  • Writer: Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson

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