Rushmore is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson about an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman in his film debut), his friendship with rich industrialist Herman Blume (Bill Murray), and their mutual love for elementary school teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams). The film was co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson. The soundtrack was scored by regular Anderson collaborator Mark Mothersbaugh and features several songs by bands associated with the British Invasion of the 1960s. The movie helped launch the careers of Anderson and Schwartzman while establishing a “second career” for Murray as a respected actor in independent cinema.
At the 1999 Independent Spirit Awards, Anderson won Best Director award and Murray won Best Supporting Male award. Murray also earned a nomination for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.
Have you ever sat down and thought that your whole life has been an entire setup? That every relationship, friendship, grade, degree, job has been entirely set up for a TV show starring…you? You’re probably thinking, “No…why would I?” ‘The Truman Show’ is going to take you for a spin into the life of Truman, whose life is exactly as how it is described above. Truman’s whole life has been set up for him. Everything he could ever want or need is in his home town on Seahaven Island: it’s clean; picturesque; and peaceful. Truman is a married and successful insurance salesman with his own house, car and life. What more could Truman want?
As Truman imagines life beyond the waters of Seahaven Island, “coincidences” start to occur, preventing him from discovering more about the world and stopping him as he begins to discover more about his actual life. Truman is given a hint of doubt when he sees who he believes to be his father on the island, and in that moment, his father is taken away abruptly by, what Truman thinks are, ordinary citizens. He tells his family, who are quick to dispel the notion. He then recounts a past memory of his college years where a girl, whom he fell in love with, told him it was all a set up moments before her “dad” came to take her away to Fiji. Truman was not able to make sense of all this, why would he? All he knows is that he wants to get to Fiji.
This dream continues throughout the film, as it is unravelled that every minute of Truman’s life has been broadcast – right from his birth. This isn’t just any old reality show that some people watch, everyone watches this show, Truman is a celebrity. There are cameras and microphones everywhere, his actions are monitored and reported, and if Truman strays from his routine or tries to leave the island, then more “coincidences” occur. His family tells him that he’s paranoid, his best friend acts as if Fiji doesn’t exist, and his wife plays down any idea that Truman gets into his head. His life is a complete lie – and it’s all for television.
It’s so well constructed that you, somehow, get into Truman’s mindset – how betrayed would you feel if the people, who you love the most, were mere ideologies and actors? That every genuine emotion you felt toward someone was never truly requited? That every “I love you” that was said to you was the work of a script writer? Jim Carrey does an amazing job of making you put yourself in his shoes, and you’re really rooting for him to get out of his reality show, and to be able to get on with a new life… without an audience. Once you’ve seen this film, honestly, you may have one or two paranoid thoughts…if you’re prone to these, don’t watch this film. If you’re confident that your life isn’t a complete set up, then feel free to click play. But remember this; Truman didn’t even notice his life was all a set up for 29 years…
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