1998 Certificate: 15


Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is the school's brainiest kid... but he's also the most difficult. When he falls for teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams) he first gets solace from parent Herman Blume (Bill Murray) and then finds himself in direct competion for her affections. Co-written with Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson sets his quirky stall out with an acclaimed comedy that gained cult status thanks to Schwartzman's splendid debut and Murray's typically laconic brilliance.


  • Wes Anderson


  • Jason Schwartzman

  • Bill Murray

  • Olivia Williams

  • Brian Cox


This was the first of director Wes (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) Anderson's films and it's a quirky tale, with off-beat characters, good music and the weirdest of scenarios all about the unpredictability of life and love.

Teenage nutcase and obnoxious troublemaker Max (Jason Schwartzman) has a finger in every eccentric school pie, he's written a couple of promising plays and considers himself above everyone.

Naturally, everyone hates him, and his grades are taking him close to expulsion.

This nerd-with-attitude strikes up an oddball friendship with harassed millionaire Blume (Bill Murray) until they both fall for a teacher (Olivia Williams) who's twice Max's age and half Blume's.

This oddball tale warms up towards the end, but may be too offbeat for most.