The Royal Tenembaums is a wonderful story about an eccentric family of genius’. Each of the family members share a terrible burden, their father, Royal Tenembaum whose played by Gene Hackman is forgetful, a liar, he’s rude, unaffectionate and simply doesn’t understand his children.
His wife, Etheline Tenembaum played by Anjelica Huston, forces him to leave the household so she can raise the children herself, over the years he makes little effort to stay in contact with them. The children all grow up to be exceptional people bursting with individual qualities and excelling in different careers, however they all share the common trait of being unhappy with their lives.
Royal decides he wants his family back, knowing that they wont accept him he concocts an elaborate lie. Royal claims to have terminal stomach cancer and tells his family he has just six weeks to live and wants to make amends with his family. Etheline takes pity on her former husband and arranges for the entire family to live under the same roof again. Wes Anderson has created a wonderful comedy which is witty and has an unusual outlook on family life. His characters are all extremely loveable and unique, you simply can not help but fall in love with this eccentric family. An off-beat, ironic, absurdist sense of humor pervades the entire film.
The film features an ensemble cast, including Anjelica Huston as Etheline Tenenbaum, Owen Wilson as Eli Cash, Luke Wilson as Richie Tenenbaum, Ben Stiller as Chas Tenenbaum, Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum, Danny Glover as Henry Sherman, Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum and Bill Murray as Raleigh St. Clair. Alec Baldwin narrates.