Michael Douglas stars as a feckless middle aged literary professor struggling to live up to his own successful past and sort out his chaotic present in this ensemble comedy that also stars Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand and Robert Downey Jr.
Wonder boys is based on the comic novel of the same name by Michael Chabon. Grady Tripp(Michael Douglas) had massive success with his debut novel but now seven years later his follow up remains uncompleted and his potential unrealised.While working on his second novel he has taken an unfulfilling job teaching creative writing at a Pittsburgh college, married an unsuitable wife and embarked on a doomed affair with Sara(Frances McDormand) wife of his departmental head. He feels that he is losing control of his life and his self inflicted problems are threatening to overwhelm him. The weekend of his college's annual "wordfest" literary festival Grady's troubles come to a head. His wife leaves him on the day of the "wordfest" launch party and his agent Terry(Robert Downey Jr) arrives for the festival and to check on the progress of the near legendary much delayed book. At the party Sara tells Grady that she is pregnant to his barely concealed horror. Just as Grady appears to be drowning in a mess of his own making his talented but overly intense student James Leer(Tobey Maguire) arrrives at the party in a morose almost suicidal frame of mind. Grady realises that he has to put aside his own troubles and take responsibility for the student who hero worships him. With the help of Terry he tries to get James to loosen up, have some fun and hopefully get things in perspective. A series of dramatic yet comical events transpire involving a tuba, a dead dog and a stolen jacket that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe. As Grady learns about his students life and worries he gains greater insights into his own self destructive nature. This is a hugely enjoyable film with excellent performances from a strong cast. A slightly over sentimental ending is the only minor disappointment.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. An unfinished novel, a stolen car, a murdered pet and a failing marriage are just a few of the crises piling up like a logjam in this often hilarious story of bright promise gone awry. During a single hectic weekend, college professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) scrambles to gather together a life that has suddenly reeled out of control. Along for the ride are his gifted but troubled student (Toby Maguire, Cider House Rules), his eccentric editor (Robert Downey, Jr.), the married chancellor of his university (Frances McDormand, Fargo) who is pregnant with his child and his sultry student boarder (Katie Holmes, Dawson's Creek). Directed by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential), this darkly comedic odyssey of self-discovery was hailed by Roger Ebert as one of the best movies of the year. Actors Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Katie Holmes, Rip Torn & Robert Downey Jr. Director Curtis Hanson Certificate 15 years and over Year 2000 Screen Widescreen 16:9 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Duration 1 hour and 48 minutes (approx)
Michael Douglas is Grady Tripp, a college professor and award-winning novelist whose latest book is seven years overdue. Among his current crop of students is James Leer (Tobey Maguire), a highly-talented young writer who, at a party held during the college's annual literary festival, accidentally manages to kill the Head of Department's dog. Grady helps James dispose of the beast, but one thing leads to another, and the pair soon find themselves on a strange odyssey involving drugs, bar fights, lost manuscripts, and stolen Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, with Grady reeling from the announcement that his mistress (Frances McDormand) is pregnant, and literary agent Terry Crabtree (Robert Downey Jr) doing his best to get James into bed.