Rushmore review

Film description

In a Nutshell: 

An eccentric teenager gets expelled from the school he loves, is betrayed by his best friend and seeks revenge.


Love. Expulsion. Revolution. 


Max Fischer: 'I saved Latin. What did you ever do?'

Max Fischer: 'The secret, I don't know... I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life. For me, it's going to Rushmore.'


Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is an ambitious student who loves his school, Rushmore Academy. He is known for his extracurricular activities (namely Calligraphy Club, Beekeepers Club and Bombardment Society) but is failing on the scholar side of the system.

He strikes up an unlikely friendship with the father of two bullies at Rushmore, Herman Blume (Bill Murray) an industrial tycoon. Blume seems to admire Max’s ambivalent attitude while Max is inspired by Blume’s success.

A new teacher joins the staff at Rushmore, Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams) and is instantly the object of Max’s affection. However, his friend Blume also holds a torch for the teacher and they soon begin dating behind Max’s back.

After an attempt to construct an onsite aquarium at Rushmore without the school’s permission, Max is expelled and has to join the local public school. He tries to encourage his fellow students in the same extracurricular activities he started at Rushmore, but they are less than enthused.

One girl however, Margaret Yang, constantly tries to gain the approval of Max but he does not seem to acknowledge her existence.

When Max finds out about the secret relationship of his friend and the one woman he cares for, his hurt turns to anger and revenge as he sets out to cause pain to Herman Blume.


Written by: Charlotte Stear

Release Dates

UK Cinema release
August 20th 1999