The Case Of The Weird Kid In Rushmore
If you're like us and God have mercy on you if you are, then you've
seen Wes Anderson's Rushmore so many times that you've started
to pick up things that you may have missed the first, second, or
twenty-eighth time. The appearance of Bottle Rocket's Kumar
as Mr. LittleJeans is a treat. And the Rewind Factor on Bill Murray's
shot-blocking skills is very high. But as we were putting away our
Memorial Zapruder Film Fine Comb, we were struck by one of Rushmore's
disturbingly unanswered questions. Who's the weird kid?
He's the kid that has no lines, but makes more than 8 appearances
in the film. What is his relationship to the other characters? Where
does he live? What's hs name? A case this tough requires a master
sleuth to crack it, so we called in the best - Mr. Encyclopedia
From The Desk Of
After solving the case of the red harmonica for my
pal, Northcliff Hicks, I decided to look into this mysterious
kid roaming through Rushmore. There are many
clues scattered throughout the movie. He's in Bill Murray's
pool. Does that make him Murray's son? He's picked on
by the Scottish kid. Does that make him his little bro?
He's seen with Kumar. Does that make him the assistant
grounds-keeper? I'll tell you who he is. His character's
name is Reuben, played by an actor named Stephen Dignan.
And for all of you Bottle Rocket fans, Dignan
is the name of Owen Wilson's character. That solves
it. I'll be expecting my check in the mail.
Assistant Detective In Training, Sauce Tarte,
did her own research into this matter and turned up this:
Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park,
N.Y.C. (1962) by Diane Arbus