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Wonder Boys [DVD] [Region 1]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In Curtis Hanson's WONDER BOYS, based on the novel by Michael Chabon, Michael Douglas delivers one of his most compelling performances as Grady Tripp, a disheveled, perpetually adolescent English professor amiably coasting toward a midlife crisis. On the inaugural day of his university's literary festival, Grady's third wife leaves him, and his mistress, university chancellor Sara Gaskell (Frances McDormand), announces that she's pregnant with their child. To further complicate matters, Grady's reckless editor, Terry Crabtree (Robert Downey Jr.), desperate to revive his flaccid career, arrives to pick up Grady's far-from-finished seven-years-in-the-making follow-up to his critically acclaimed first book. As if that weren't enough to keep him reeling, Grady soon becomes an unwilling accomplice to a canine homicide and the heist of a rare jacket once worn by Marilyn Monroe, both committed by his brightest student--the languid, slightly pathological James Leer (Tobey Maguire). Dressed in a ratty pink bathrobe and driving a stolen car with a dead dog in the trunk, Grady must now find a way to return Marilyn's coat, write the great American novel, nurture James's literary talents, discourage the advances of an amorous coed (Katie Holmes), avoid the wrath of a tiny James Brown look-alike (Richard Knox), and reconcile with Sara...all before the weekend is over.

    Academy Awards Best Original Song 2000 Bob Dylan Folksinger/Songwriter

  • Credits
    Frances McDormand, Elisabeth Granli, Tracey D. Turner
  • Critic Reviews
    Ranked #8 in Entertainment Weekly's "Lisa Schwarzbaum's BEST MOVIES OF 2000"
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...WONDER BOYS is an intelligent movie about real people. It has serious points to make but makes them in a witty and engaging way. What more could you ask?..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Box Office

    "...Witty and sophisticated....A gratifying entertainment of leisurely elegance and delicious nastiness..."

    "Michael Douglas digs deep and delivers one of the best performances in WONDER BOYS--a comic dazzler of roguish wit and touching gravity..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...The film's Pittsburgh settings gleam like an eccentric urban fantasy. Hanson has also orchestrated uniformly excellent performances from his cast..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The movie is an unsprung screwball comedy, slowed down to real-life speed....This is a funny and touching story..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Tobey Maguire shakes it up as the erratic student....A lot of smart dialogue is delivered by pros..."

    "[E]ver so adroitly, the film invests Grady's absurdity with humanity and his thwarted hopes with possibilities, while tracking his roundabout journey to true love."
    Wall Street Journal

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