The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Sunday, February 03, 2002

The Royal Tenenbaums

Spring and I decided to see The Royal Tenenbaums tonight. What an odd film. I had a hard time figuring out when exactly the film was supposed to take place—it seemed that the entire span of 17 years took place in the 70s, with only a few nodding glances towards the 80s (Ben Stiller's Nike sweat suits, or “Rock the Casbar” by the Clash in another scene).

The movie centered around Royal Tanenbaum and his attempts go get back into the life of his estranged family (they put the fun in disfunctional). His kids were child prodigies who as adults have problems coping with life and head back to their parents' home.

We found it entertaining, although I have to wonder how the film was being marketed since during the movie, we saw several people get up and leave the theater; about half remained for the entire film. Granted, the theater wasn't that packed to begin with, but still …

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