Like Rushmore's worst student, Wes Anderson might be forever dwarfed by his earliest success. Max Fischer is a barber's son, a dreamer on rented time at an elite private school. In some ways, Max is constantly trying to recapture that lightning in a bottle he achieved for "a little one-act on Watergate"; the production that landed him his scholarship. Wes Anderson clearly has had other rewarding films in his career, but nothing has since matched Max Fischer's individuality and overt brilliance. The horn-rimmed glasses and blazer Max wears like a superhero uniform, the hangdog pursuit of Rosemary Cross, and the fidgety battle against complacency: they're quintessentially Wes Anderson. And it all started with Max Fischer.