Members of the severely dysfunctional Tenenbaum family find it difficult to live both with and without each other in this comedy of fractured relationships from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore
, Bottle Rocket
). The three former child-genius Tenenbaum siblings (Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller and Luke Wilson) and their long-estranged father Royal (Gene Hackman) all return home for reasons running from depression and destitution to psychotic behavior just as the still-married Mrs. Tenenbaum is courted by the family’s accountant (Danny Glover). The clan then sorts through previously soiled family emotions, failures, disasters and betrayals in a wacky story that bumps up against one’s heart as often as it does one’s funny bone with music from Lennon and McCartney, the Clash, Elliott Smith, Nico and Ravel providing an abundance of mood and energy.