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In this comedy, a middle-aged man juggles his problems with women, literature, and a career, while a younger man chases the artifact of his dreams. Pittsburgh college professor Grady Tripp Michael Douglas is currently single following his divorce from his third wife; after publishing an acclaimed first novel, Grady has been working on a follow-up, but he's been sidelined by a severe case of writer's block. Grady has more than his writing career to think about; his affair with one of the married chancellors at the...
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In this comedy, a middle-aged man juggles his problems with women, literature, and a career, while a younger man chases the artifact of his dreams. Pittsburgh college professor Grady Tripp Michael Douglas is currently single following his divorce from his third wife; after publishing an acclaimed first novel, Grady has been working on a follow-up, but he's been sidelined by a severe case of writer's block. Grady has more than his writing career to think about; his affair with one of the married chancellors at the University of Pittsburgh Frances McDormand, has resulted in her pregnancy, while Hannah Katie Holmes, a student boarding at Grady's house, has developed a crush on him. While Grady is obsessed with his book, one of his students Tobey Maguire has an obsession of his own: finding a jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe. Based on the novel by Michael Chabon, The Wonder Boys also features Robert Downey Jr., Rip Torn, and Richard Thomas.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Michael Douglas hits a career high with his quietly hilarious star turn in Wonder Boys, a wry, understated comedy puckishly directed by Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential. Douglas plays a once-promising middle-aged novelist, now hopelessly blocked and teaching at a small northeastern college while trying to jump-start both his personal and professional lives. The solution to his problems -- in both arenas -- just might be eccentric but talented student Tobey Maguire, whose promising work Douglas is tempted to appropriate and represent as his own. The supporting players include Robert Downey Jr. as Douglas's predatory editor, Frances McDormand as his adulterous lover, and Katie Holmes as a level-headed student. Ingenious scripting keeps Wonder Boys from lapsing into predictability, and the film benefits additionally from Hanson's convincing replication of the academic milieu and his sharp character delineation. Released early in 2000 to largely favorable reviews but short-lived in the theaters, Wonder Boys seems destined to find a loyal and loving audience on video. It's the kind of comedy that sneaks up on viewers and gets better with every screening. The DVD includes interviews with Hanson, Douglas, McDormand, and Macguire; an interactive location map of Pittsburgh, where Wonder Boys was shot; and best of all, the music video for Bob Dylan's smashing title song, "Things Have Changed."
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Following the triumph that was L.A. Confidential, director Curtis Hanson proves that film was no mere fluke with this beautifully written, expertly acted comedy that recalls the looseness and offbeat sensibilities of the best cinema of the 1970s. Michael Douglas wonderfully casts aside his typical onscreen persona to create a shaggy, likable lead character who looks and sounds like an actual human being. The performers surrounding him are equally impressive, especially Tobey Maguire, whose man-in-the-moon visage and natural coolness are put to perfect use in a touching portrayal. Steve Kloves' script is filled with remarkable insights, but is also perfectly modulated, never forgetting that the chief concern of a movie is to entertain and enlighten, and the movie duly prevails on both fronts. In a rare act of faith, Paramount Pictures decided to re-release this gem after an unsuccessful early 2000 run, blaming a poor marketing plan and lack of focus on its luminous supporting cast; the film was also re-released to remind Academy voters of its quality when they were filling out their year-end ballots, who responded only by acknowledging Kloves' adaptation and Bob Dylan's original song with nominations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2001
  • UPC: 097363326106
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Presentation: Spanish
  • Language: EspaƱol
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Grady Tripp
Tobey Maguire James Leer
Frances McDormand Sara Gaskell
Robert Downey Jr. Terry Crabtree
Katie Holmes Hannah Green
Richard Thomas Walter Gaskell
Rip Torn Q
Philip Bosco Hank Winters
Jane Adams Oola
Richard Knox Vernon Hardapple
Michael Cavadias Antonia Sloviak
Alan Tudyk Sam Traxler
Technical Credits
Curtis Hanson Director, Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer
Dede Allen Editor
Ned Dowd Executive Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Steve Kloves Screenwriter
Doug Metzger Asst. Director
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Don Woodruff Art Director
Kirk A. Francis Sound/Sound Designer
Jay R. Hart Set Decoration/Design
Adam Schroeder Executive Producer
Dennis Drummond Sound Editor
David Giammarco Sound Editor
Carol Fenelon Musical Direction/Supervision
Lisa Grundy Associate Producer
Michael Chabon Source Author
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