50 Greatest Comedies of the 21st Century

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'The Royal Tenenbaums' (2001)
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31. 'The Royal Tenenbaums' (2001)

Set in a storybook vision of New York drawn in equal parts from old New Yorker cartoons and Salinger's Glass family stories, Wes Anderson's sprawling third feature mines laughs and pathos from one family's decades of pent-up resentment, disappointment and unexpressed desires. Gene Hackman plays the neglectful patriarch of a family that includes a resentful ex-wife (Anjelica Huston) and three children who never lived up to their early potential: a burnt-out athlete (Luke Wilson), a failed playwright (Gwyneth Paltrow) and a paranoid stockbroker (Ben Stiller). The director's signature precise-to-precious filmmaking, clever dialogue and painstakingly designed world of board game closets, tracksuit-clad kids and wannabe cowboy authors keep it funny. The emotions roiling beneath its colorful surface keep it real. KP

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