Harvard Man

Harvard Man

Director: James Toback, Adrian Grenier, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams

Cast: James Toback, Adrian Grenier, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams

     
 

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James Toback's darkly comic look at the overly eventful life of one college student gets an effective presentation for its release on DVD. Harvard Man has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English, and the disc features optional subtitles in Spanish, as

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James Toback's darkly comic look at the overly eventful life of one college student gets an effective presentation for its release on DVD. Harvard Man has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English, and the disc features optional subtitles in Spanish, as well as closed captions in English. Bonus material on this edition includes a commentary track from director Toback and the film's original trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Harvard Man purports to be a realistic film about modern college life. Instead, it's a wacky combination of B-movie tropes, improbable plot twists, and graphic sex. Actors seem to have been cast for their faces and bodies more than for their thespian talents or suitability for the roles they play. Adrian Grenier, in the title role, has the dark good looks the role calls for, but he's a bit stiff. Sarah Michelle Gellar (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) plays a spoiled and unscrupulous mobster's daughter. She's an engaging actress, but the ridiculous machinations of the plot and the absurd dialogue leave her struggling. Raspy-voiced Joey Lauren Adams fares slightly better, surprisingly, as a threesome-loving Harvard philosophy professor. Her lectures on Heidegger and Kierkegaard are delivered convincingly enough, and it helps that Toback intercuts them with the aforementioned graphic sex scenes. The film jumps back and forth in time frequently, and with little recognizable purpose. The overly familiar plot, involving Grenier's decision to fix a basketball game to get his parents money to repair their home, is actually believable enough to carry the audience along until an unlikely FBI operation comes into play. At one point, Grenier, in the midst of an acid trip, escapes the FBI by leaping out the second floor window of the interrogation room. This doesn't quite ring true, but then again, this particular breed of FBI agent only exists in bad movies. Harvard Man is awful in a fun way for most of its running time, but the climactic dramatization of Grenier's acid trip, with its seemingly endless repetition of unpleasant sights and sounds, will likely leave audiences wishing the film would just end. James Toback is a self-indulgent filmmaker that viewers either love or hate, and Harvard Man fits in neatly with his oeuvre.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
In a summer of clones, Harvard Man is something rare and riveting: a wild ride that relies on more than special effects.
San Francisco Chronicle
Has everything you could ever want from a Toback movie: lurid sex, shocking excess and an out-of- nowhere thoughtfulness that's not put on.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2002
UPC:
0658149805323
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
48,150

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary; Trailer; Scene selections; Spanish subtitles; Interactive menus; Full-screen presentation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrian Grenier Alan Jensen
Sarah Michelle Gellar Cindy Bandolini
Joey Lauren Adams Chesney
Eric Stoltz Teddy
Rebecca Gayheart Kelly
Ray Allen Vince Capararo
Michael Aparo Russell

Technical Credits
James Toback Director,Screenwriter
Maxyne Baker Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Bigel Producer
Michael Burns Executive Producer
J. Miles Dale Co-producer
Suzy Elmiger Editor
Felicia Fasano Casting
David Ferrara Cinematographer
Jeff Franks Associate Producer
Donald Kushner Executive Producer
Rupert Lazarus Production Designer
Peter Locke Executive Producer
Michael Mailer Producer
Anne McCarthy Casting
David McLeod Asst. Director
David L. McLeod Asst. Director
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Jeff Sackman Executive Producer
Ryan Shore Score Composer
Stomy Bugsy Songwriter
Mary Vernieu Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:51]
2. "We Suck." [2:33]
3. Home [1:50]
4. Psychology [5:46]
5. Cindy's Father [8:11]
6. Struggling [2:56]
7. Multiple Clarity [1:54]
8. Cindy's Motive [11:39]
9. A Worried Friend [1:28]
10. Celebration [1:43]
11. Kansas City [2:07]
12. Profits [6:29]
13. A Third Wheel [3:23]
14. The Trip Back [2:27]
15. An Awkward Meeting [1:44]
16. 15,000 Micrograms [7:09]
17. Sandy [1:58]
18. Nothing [:59]
19. Daddy [2:01]
20. Escaping the FBI [1:24]
21. Dr. Reese [2:04]
22. Looking for Alan [:47]
23. "No More Voices!" [4:08]
24. Preparing the Party [4:24]
25. The Party [:30]
26. Evidence [2:08]
27. Cindy [2:05]
28. Chesney [9:22]

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