From Rushmore to Mr. Fox: The Best Uses of Songs in Wes Anderson's Films

Oh, Wes Anderson, you beautiful, whimsical, detail-oriented genius, you. Today, Anderson's latest movie, Moonrise Kingdom, sees release nationwide — so naturally we're already anticipating the gems he'll have pulled together for the soundtrack. Wes Anderson movies of course always, always, always have wondrous soundtracks. The songs make the scenes better, and the scenes make the songs better. Therefore, we'd like to take a moment to appreciate the greatest uses of songs in Wes Anderson's finest movies so far. Given the wealth of material available, these were not easy choices.

The Who's “A Quick One While He's Away” in Rushmore, 1998

When Max Fischer and his friend Herman Blume both fall in love with the same woman in Rushmore, they go to war with each other, each doing something more vindictive than the other, until Max gets arrested for sabotaging the brakes on Herman's car. The montage of all this crazy one-upmanship is soundtracked by The Who's “A Quick One While He's Away”, the “You are forgiven” refrain ringing out ironically over all the bitterness. (Also, we like the fact that the song opens with the words “Her man” — a subtle but clever nod to Bill Murray's character.)

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