'That's Not Enough': Ageing in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and Rushmore

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This article argues that while Anderson’s films are often characterized as concerned with youth, this is inaccurate. Interactions between adults and young people are key. Focusing on Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and Rushmore (1998), it explores how a young man’s coming of age prompts a crisis of maturity for male adults. It also considers aging in Anderson’s oeuvre more widely, contending that Anderson’s explorations of aging are ultimately conservative, prioritizing male experience and adulthood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-211
Number of pages19
JournalTexas Studies in Literature and Language
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


  • adolescence
  • experience
  • gender
  • limits
  • rite of passage
  • ritual
  • teen film

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