Wonder Boys Movie Review Summary

Actors: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand

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Seven years ago, with the publication of his first novel, 50-year-old Grady Tripp (Douglas) was a "wonder boy," as was his young editor Terry Crabtree (Downey). Now, Tripp is stuck teaching at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh, with a second novel grown to more than 2,000 pages, his third wife moving out, and his married girlfriend pregnant. In addition, the girlfriend Sara Gaskell (McDormand) is chancellor of the college, and her husband is Tripp's department head. A smart-mouthed, lying student named James Leer (Maguire) has his own novel in the works, is on a hunt with Tripp to find a rare jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe, and accidentally shoots the department head's blind dog. If that weren't enough, another writing student named Hannah Green (Holmes) is boarding in Tripp's house and has a sizable crush on him. This 2000 satire of campus faculty life is based on Michael Chabon's novel of the same name. It's dark and charming, but not terribly memorable.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

An unfinished novel, a stolen car, a murdered pet and a failing marriage are jus a few of the crises piling up like a logjam in this often hilarious story of bright promise gone awry. During a singe 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 (Tobey Maguire, Cider House Rules), his eccentric editor (Robert Downey J.), the married chancellor of hi university (Frances McDormand, Fargo) who is pregnant with his child and his sultry student boarder (Katie Holmes, Dawsons 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."
The review of this Movie prepared by Jessica W

Insight looks at a writer/college professor,Grady Tripp (M.Douglas) semi-messed up life and his little life changing adventure with his brightest student,James Leer(T.Maguire).
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Script Analysis of Wonder Boys

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   teacher Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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