I found this movie to be stupid and insipid. There was nothing even remotely funny about any of it. I am so glad I did not pay money to see this movie.With a cast containing Gene Hackman, Angelica Huston, Luke and Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny Glover and Bill Murray at the least I expected to be entertained. What I got was a bland uninteresting story about an estranged family that ends up once again under the same roof again years later through a series of unfortunate albeit odd occurrences for each of them. The main plot line consisted of Royal (Hackman) attempting to mend his relationships with his three children – Chas (Stiller), Richie (Luke Wilson) and Margot (Paltrow). Other deluded plot lines include Owen Wilson’s Eli Cash who is a wannabe Tenenbaum and Chas and his two lookalike children.
It was an odd movie on the whole, with some plot points never fully explained by the end. But then again at the end I really didn’t care what the outcome was. At one point someone turned to me and said I thought this was supposed to be really funny. All I could say was, yeah me too.
In one scene Richie (Luke Wilson’s character), attempts to commit suicide. I am not quite sure exactly why, possibly because he was in love with his sister, Margot (who’s really adopted).
Paltrow’s Margot seemed to be the best developed character, which really doesn’t mean squat in this odd bizarre attempt of a movie. Bear in mind this is hard for me to say because Paltrow in general annoys the heck out of me at every turn. Wilson’s Eli – was he or was he not supposed to be gay. I got the impression he was in love with both Margot and Richie.All in all it was a very disappointing movie. From the talented actors assembled in the cast I expected much, much more. It’s a bungling disarray of complex, yet dysfunctional characters bumbling around each other in various assorted situations that simply put, make no sense.