25 August 2007
don't say it doesn't matter. every line matters.
haha!!! the calitexican just watched the serpico part of rushmore (scroll to 2:30). pure hilarity. max writes and directs a play, serpico, for school. it is indeed a reference to the movie, with a few "ad libs" and a few different costume changes. she notices frank is a priest in rushmore, whereas in the movie serpico, he is undercover as a hasidic rabbi for maybe 5 seconds in one particularly bizzare scene. she thinks anderson and owen wilson (from now on "anderson" for short) took liberty with this in order to dress up max's younger chapel partner as a nun. it works. and is hilarious.
on a more serious note, she notices that serpico, watergate and vietnam are all events that influenced max enough to write a play on each topic. as such, the calitexican wonders why this precocious kid is obsessed with the 70s (she could ask herself the same thing). they are all scandals, falls from grace, and max had just been in a meeting in which he was informed he could be expelled from rushmore due to his poor grades. in that scene we also learn he is at the private school due to a scholarship.
max is neither prim nor proper, and he involves himself with too many extra-curricular activities at rushmore, perhaps because he knows he doesn't quite fit into any of one them. his father is a barber, but is embarrassed about this fact and instead asserts his father is a brain surgeon. after being expelled from rushmore and having to attend the horrors of a public high school, max becomes disillusioned with the prim and proper school and rich kid life in the third act of the movie. his scandal being expelled, his fall from grace being disillusionment with the rushmore lifestyle.
(please note: the calitexican is only interested in using the serpico comparison because it is fresh in her head. she does not wish to discuss any further the influence of watergate and vietnam on max.)
perhaps anderson sees max like frank serpico. max does have questionable integrity, unlike frank, but perhaps because he was blinded by puppy love and is still a teenager. both are unlikely rebels, passionately standing up for what they believe.
max claims his true passion is rushmore, but the calitexican contends that it is rather producing, directing and writing his elaborately executed school plays. she believes the following passage holds the answer as to what max holds dear and a link to how he can be seen as a 90s teen frank seripco:
(backstage after the play)
max: what happened to the canoli line?
teen actor playing frank serpico: max...
max: you're supposed to say, "forget about it sanchez. the old man likes his canolis."
actor: look, i made a mistake alright. it didn't make any difference anyway.
max: hey, i'm letting it go, but don't say it doesn't matter. every line matters!
actor: get off my back! (throws a pool cue stick.)
max: don't fuck with my play!
(actor punches max in the nose, and a fight ensues.)
now, the calitexican believes that max is upset over a potential compromise in the integrity of his play on site at his beloved rushmore, just like frank serpico was upset over the mass corruption in police precincts in all 5 boroughs of new york city. and yes, the calitexican was slightly exaggerating the comparison, however, she does believe that the comparison can be made anyway, just to slightly different implications, one very personal, the other both having serious personal and political ramifications.
and on that note, the calitexican is going to bounce around outside and enjoy the beautiful california summer afternoon.