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Wonder Boys (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,808,919 (USA) (25 February 2000)

Gross:

ESP 492,395,876 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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When Grady returns to his house to find Terry (Robert Downey Jr.) throwing a party, the song playing as he enters the house is "Waiting for the Miracle," by 'Leonard Cohen'. This same song plays over the opening credits of Natural Born Killers (1994), also starring Downey. See more »

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Grady Tripp's head moves between shots when Hannah Green talks to him at the door in the first scene. 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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Shoot Your Shot
by Autry DeWalt, Lawrence Horn, James Graves, James Graves Jr. & Dwight Graves
Performed by Jr. Walker & The All Stars
Courtesy of Motown Records
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Long Live Vernon Hardapple
1 February 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Michael Douglas has always been one of my favorite actors. He deserved his Oscar for Wall Street, commanded every second of screen time he had in Falling Down, and has given some of the most underrated comic performances in history in Romancing the Stone and War of the Roses. But I'd have to give his performance in Wonder Boys as his best. His turn as stoner college professor Grady Tripp is the model for the laid back, totally likeable and loveable protaginist. He's the kind of professor I dream of having in real life.

After watching this movie, I seriously wanted to go and write a book. For any of you blocked writers out there, just pop in Wonder Boys and you have your muse.


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