Review Date: November 04, 2004
Director: Michael Clancy
Writer: Michael Clancy
Producers: Kirk D’Amico, Lucas Foster, Steven Haft
Zooey Deschanel as Kate
Ray Romano as Skip
Hank Azaria as Daniel
The epitome of the ultimate dysfunctional family gets together for the death of their grandpapa and needless to say…zaniness, further dysfunction (most of which has to do with sex) and Ray Romano in a porno mustache…ensues.
I’m also a big fan of Zooey Deschanel, and she pretty much starred in this film, so it wasn’t too difficult a task following her around most of the time. The lesbian couples were fine, but seemed too gimmicky after a while. The family’s widow was also a little too over-the-top versus the rest of the family, with a horrible CGI sequence featuring her jumping out of a van completely taking me out of the film (not that I was that into it by that point anyway). The film’s finale also attempts to get a little “mushy”, but by that point, there has been so much ridiculousness going on, that you can’t help but not believe a word of any of it (most of it also occurs as the dead man’s body is being pushed into a river on a rowboat while two kids are attempting to blow it up with fire-arrows). All in all, I’d recommend this film only to those who appreciate dark humor, but even then, the film really doesn’t have too many great laughs, goes by a little too fast, and despite featuring a number of engaging actors (maybe too many!), not enough memorable sequences to pay good money to see on the big screen. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS…this is not.