R | | Comedy, Drama
The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.
When Bill Murray asks for a cigarette, says "au revoir" (goodbye), and leaves by the end of the movie, it mirrors (smoking aside) the concession speech of French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, when he lost the 1981 French Presidential election.
Royal Tenenbaum bought the house on Archer Avenue in the winter of his 35th year. Over the next decade, he and his wife had three children, and then they separated.
When Royal and Pagoda first meet in front of the hot-dog stand, the blind man with a dog sitting on a bench behind them has sunglasses in one shot and no sunglasses in the next.
The film title first appears on a library book being checked out, then several of the books are seen, and finally the book cover becomes a title card.
There's another scene involving Etheline Tenenbaum (Anjelica Huston) and Henry Sherman (Danny Glover) eating dinner together. Etheline once again turns him down and leaves while he's lighting a piece of toast on fire.
$276,981 (USA) (16 December 2001)