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Wonder Boys (2000)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  25 February 2000 (USA)
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An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.

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Grady Tripp is a professor/writer living in Pittsburgh who is struggling with writer's block. Whilst doing this, he also manages to get the chancellor pregnant. In the meantime, he and a college student, James Leer are trying to find a rare jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe, and a college girl, Hannah Green boarding with Grady has a bit of a crush on him. Written by Dave Lean <davelean@hotmail.com>

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Undependable. Unpredictable. Unforgettable.

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Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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25 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Wonder Boys  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,992 (Finland) (17 November 2000)

Gross:

ESP 492,395,876 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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James Leer's description of heaven as a greenhouse is a reference to the houses in Zardoz (1974), which features a Utopian society who wore white and lived in crystal houses. See more »

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Grady Tripp: "The young girl sat perfectly still in the confessional listening to her father's boots scrape like chalk on the ancient steps of the church, then grow faint, then disappear altogether. She could sense the priest beyond the grate..." On that particular Friday afternoon, last February, I was reading a story to my Advanced Writers' Workshop by one James Leer, Junior Lit major and sole inhabitant of his own gloomy gulag.
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A Brilliant Film
30 January 2005 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I really love this film. Based on a novel by Michael Chabron, the film is set in a university over the course of a week-end long writing festival. The story concerns Professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) who's first novel was a huge success and has been struggling with the follow-up novel for years. When the film begins, Grady's young wife has just left him and his lover (who is married to the head of the English Department) is pregnant. Also, Grady's editor (Robert Downey Jr.) has arrived to see his (still unfinished) novel. To add to Grady's woes he has to cope with a brilliant, but deeply odd, student (Tobey Maguire).

The film has some very strong and witty dialogue, and benefits from great performances all around. Probably writers and aspiring writers will like this film for it's portrayal of the literary life. Anyone though will enjoy the humour, heart and fun of this inspirational movie.


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