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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Quentin 'Q' Morewood
Richard Knox ...
Vernon Hardapple
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Walter Gaskell
Emily's Father
George Grizzard ...
Fred Leer
Amanda Leer
Bill Velin ...
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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.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cudowni chlopcy  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ESP 492,395,876 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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In between shots at the house in Beaver, PA, Michael Douglas could be seen hitting golf balls into the Ohio River. See more »


In the scene where Trip's manuscript goes blows away into the river, he later states that he had lost it in the Monongahela River; however, the scene is shot outside of the Rochester PA bowling alley which is located along side the Ohio River, which is the result of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers that form at the Point in Pittsburgh PA. See more »


[first lines]
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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References Room Service (1938) See more »


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Written & Performed by Bob Dylan
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The best college movie since 'Animal House'.
14 March 2001 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Funny and enjoyable drama about a self-centered English professor (Michael Douglas) who encounters several little dilemmas during a weekend festival on the college campus where he works.

The performance that Douglas delivers here got to be one of his finest in recent memory. Perhaps his best. Besides Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Katie Holmes, Frances McDormand, Rip Torn, and Robert Downey, Jr. make one of the best supporting casts that I've seen in quite some time. Downey and Maguire (who portray the curious editor and the prized pupil) both turn in super performances that should have earned the pair Best Supporting Actor nominations. Torn's character shares the same name as the man who gave James Bond those cute and exciting gadgets, which is "Q".

"Wonder Boys" is the first film directed by Curtis Hanson, who hit gold with "L.A. Confidential" a few years ago. Screenwriter Steve Kloves writes a smart and intelligent story here and places the funny moments with some perfect timing. Photographer Dante Spinotti ("Heat", "L.A. Confidential", "The Insider") provides the movie with great views of the campus during the fall and winter seasons. The movie's theme song, "Things Have Changed", written and sung by the legendary Bob Dylan, is great to listen to and deserves an Oscar for it.

Overall, this film is the best college movie made since John Landis' classic comedy spoof/satire, "Animal House". This movie is "Animal House" with much better morals and doesn't have the common clichés.

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