For his sophomore effort, indie director Wes Anderson paired with his Bottle Rocket co-writer Owen Wilson to create Rushmore, a coming-of-age tale about a overachieving underachiever at an elite prep school, the wealthy alumnus he befriends, and the attractive teacher they both fall in love with. The film made the rounds on the festival circuit in 1998 and sold out showings at single theaters in New York and LA before going wide in ‘99 – okay, we’re cheating a little here, folks – winning the Independent Spirit award and launching Bill Murray into the second phase of his career. Capturing Anderson’s signature whimsical style and sporting a British Invasion-influenced soundtrack, Rushmore was a breakout hit that set up a remarkable run for its director over the next decade. But does the film deserve an honorable mention from our hosts? Or should it be expelled?
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