In the family of film, cult classics are something like the eccentric younger brother that half the family loves, a quarter ignores at the dinner table, and the other quarter didn’t notice ever being born. As such, for each film one might deem a well loved and unusual classic, there’s another person that sees it as the over-hyped ugly ducking of the cinematic household. Let’s take a look at eight cult classics worth loving, or hating, depending on your tastes.
1. The Royal Tenenbaums
Directed by Wes Anderson, the Royal Tenenbaums is a hipsters dream. It’s also a fantastically written, and artfully produced film — though if you don’t like Anderson’s other works you probably won’t like The Royal Tenenbaums either, as the style is very recognizably Wes Anderson.
From the soundtrack, which features some Nico and Velvet Underground, to Gwyneth Paltrow’s closeted bathtub smoking and her married character’s romance with her suicidal adopted brother, the film pulls out all the stops. Unsurprisingly, RT didn’t break any domestic gross records — based on reported revenue from Box Office Mojo — but that’s what makes it a cult classic instead of Casablanca or the next Hunger Games.