Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer in “Rushmore”
Has there ever been a smarter slacker? You’ll find Max directing the new school play or devising a strategy to build a multi-million dollar aquarium for the school, even as he’s all but failing his classes. He’s a smooth talker, but seems utterly incapable of catching the attention of girls his age. So he starts flirting with his teacher (Olivia Williams) instead. Going out to dinner with her, using a ladder to crash her bedroom, studying with her in the library and even getting drunk so he can accidentally spill his emotions to her, Max is a mess of a kid suffering through his first real crush. The kid’s barking up the wrong tree, but he’s got plenty of chutzpah.