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A Tour of Rushmore

Source: Touchstone Pictures

Jason Schwartzman's Max Fischer is a jack of all trades, but is he competent at any?

Many struggling filmmakers would agree. Anderson advanced from the micro-budgeted Rocket to the high-profile, studio backed Rushmore with his creative autonomy intact.

"The only struggle was in writing the script. The financing and all that came together nicely. Joe Roth at Disney got behind it and paved the way. We gave them a script and they said, 'we'll do this.' We said who we wanted to cast, and we cast them. We shot it, and they didn't tell us how. Then we handed it to Joe Roth and he said he thought it was ready to be released. And that was it."

And what was it? Many find the film reminiscent of teen angst pictures ranging from Harold and Maude to Risky Business. Anderson found some of his inspiration in the innovative comedies of the 1960s.

"I didn't want it to be a throwback to the '60s. But I do feel there is a tone that was explored in those movies. Things weren't quite real, and you don't know what to make of it for a while. Like Elaine May's New Leaf. And of course Harold and Maude, The Graduate, or A Hard Day's Night. You've got to take a minute to figure out that it's not reality, and you have to be open to that. I think our movie isn't quite reality either."