Watch Trailer
Nobel Son (2007)
Nobel Son: Trailer | 02:32
Watch Trailer
MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,564 this week

Nobel Son (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  5 December 2008 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 4,908 users   Metascore: 28/100
Reviews: 40 user | 61 critic | 18 from Metacritic.com

Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, ... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Family Entertainment Guide: IMDb on the Street

IMDb visited the Santa Monica Pier to ask families about their favorite movies from this summer, as well as their favorite all-time movies, TV shows, and characters.

See our Family Entertainment Guide

Related News

Cbgb | Review
| ioncinema
Cbgb Movie Review
| ShockYa
Cbgb Trailer: Alan Rickman Will Rock You
| Vulture

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 02 Feb 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 22 May 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Nobel Son" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Nobel Son (2007)

Nobel Son (2007) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Nobel Son.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dark Harbor (1998)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A bickering couple drive fast through a downpour to catch the last ferry to their island retreat. In a flash, they recognize a crumpled body laying at the side of the road after much ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Coleman Howard
Stars: Alan Rickman, Polly Walker, Norman Reedus
Mesmer (1994)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Donal Donnelly, David Burke, Peter Dvorsky
Snow Cake (2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.

Director: Marc Evans
Stars: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss
The Song of Lunch (TV Movie 2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A London publisher recounts a lunchtime reunion with a former lover, in poetic monologue.

Director: Niall MacCormick
Stars: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Andi Soric
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan, the play quickly turns into a dark metaphor for youth... See full summary »

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Georgina Cates
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Jordan Landa (Philips) encounters a gridlock on her road to adulthood.

Director: Jessica Kavana Dornbusch
Stars: Gina Philips, Adam Rodriguez, Rachel Miner
Blow Dry (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The annual British Hairdressing Championship comes to Keighley, a town where Phil and son Brian run a barbershop and Phil's ex-wife Shelly and her lover Sandra run a beauty salon. Phil and ... See full summary »

Director: Paddy Breathnach
Stars: Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson, Rachel Griffiths
Dust VII (2013)
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Dust, starring Alan Rickman and Jodie Whittaker, is the short story of a man who follows a young girl and her mum home from school one day. He waits outside their house until nightfall ... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Ockrent, Jake Russell
Stars: Lola Albert, Alan Rickman, Jodie Whittaker
Closet Land (1991)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young writer is interrogated by a sadistic secret policeman. She is accused of embedding political messages in her children's stories. The entire movie takes place in one room, with only ... See full summary »

Director: Radha Bharadwaj
Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Alan Rickman
We Know Where You Live (TV Movie 2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Declan Lowney
Stars: Eddie Izzard, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Richard Blackwood
Judas Kiss (1998)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A woman and her lover, who has made a living by running sex scams at hotels, decide to enter the big time by kidnapping a computer company owner and demanding $4 million ransom. The two ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez
Stars: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Carla Gugino
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An array of glacially paced performances of theater artists and actors of all genres and nationalities both well-known and under-recognized.

Directors: David Michalek, Paul Warner
Stars: William H. Macy, Holly Hunter, Liev Schreiber
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Max Mariner
...
...
...
Beth Chapman
...
...
...
Bill Canepa
...
Tully's Guy
...
Book Store Manager
Kirk Baily ...
Joyce Guy ...
Edit

Storyline

Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, Sarah, a renowned forensic psychiatrist, now have the ill-fortune of living with a man-eating monster whose philandering ways have gotten less and less discrete. As if Barkley's world is not bad enough, on the eve of his father receiving the Nobel, Barkley is kidnapped and the requested ransom is the $2,000,000 in Nobel prize money. Needless to say, Eli refuses to pay it and so starts a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. In the words of Michel De Montaigne, the 16th century philosopher: "There is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead." Written by Randall Miller & Jody Savin

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Lust, betrayal, kidnapping... and you thought your family had problems! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent gruesome images, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le prix de la rançon  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$333,912 (USA) (5 December 2008)

Gross:

$333,912 (USA) (5 December 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene where Eli and Sarah are back in their house with the reporters on their lawn, the scene pans between the characters and the mantel. On the mantel is a black and white picture of a man with a mustache which actually happens to be younger Alan Rickman from a previous movie, probably around the time of his movie, Truly Madly Deeply. The picture can be seen multiple times in this scene. See more »

Goofs

During Barkley and City's love scene, a patch covering her right nipple is briefly visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barkley Michaelson: The French essayist, Michel de Montaigne, once said, "I think there is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead." The wisdom of it. When you were a kid with an open soul, they told the world consists of good guys and bad guys. I always liked the bad guys. Scar Face over Superman.
See more »

Connections

References Scarface (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Shpongle Falls
Written & Produced by Shpongle
Courtesy of Twisted Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Darkly comedic psychological thriller which delights
11 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I attended the World Premiere of Nobel Son at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. That's Nobel as in Nobel Prize, and it takes the festival prize in my book. This winning film, from writer/director/producer/editor Randall Miller (did he make lunch too?), is on my list of Top 10 Picks from among the 30 I saw at this year's festival.

Professor Eli Michaelson (Alan Rickman) is about to win the Nobel Prize. His son Barkley (Bryan Greenberg) is a promising Ph.D. candidate wanting little to do with his father's pomposity. A scheme is hatched which is sure to pit father against son in a way to maximize their inherent rivalry. Let the madness and mayhem begin. In addition to Greenberg and Rickman, Nobel Son stars a troupe of talented veterans including Bill Pullman, Shawn Hatosy, Danny DeVito, Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson, Ernie Hudson, and Eliza Dushku.

It's always hard to single anyone out in such an amazing ensemble cast. Greenberg, the titular son, is a worthy protagonist. The roller coaster ride on which he is taken is chilling, yet his upper crust background and bravado veneer cannot hide his childlike innocence. It is that vulnerability which sucks us in and compels us to look even when we would rather look away.

Shawn Hatosy is one of the most prolific and versatile young actors in the business, and he is frighteningly brilliant here. The intensity he brings to this role never lets up from start to finish. Nobody is better at psycho-scary. Many will be blown away by his performance. If he wasn't on your radar before he will be after you see Nobel Son.

Alan Rickman provides most of the comic relief in a film that is much more dark than comedic. A lesser actor could have turned in an over-the-top performance which might have tipped the scales in favor of the lighter side of this film. That would have spoiled the intensity of the violent escapades these young men partake in. But he manages to play the buffoon as only a legend can.

I was quite surprised by the look and feel of this film. It's much more stylized than one might expect. Digital effects and clever camera work help take what could have been a standard caper movie (a la Oceans 11) and turn it into a psychological thriller, emphasis on the thrills. It is such a fascinating story and an amazing script, and kudos to Randall Miller for being able to create a work which defies categorization. Gasps and laughs are traded back and forth, yet it manages to toe the line between comedy and tragedy without losing its focus.

If Kubrick inhaled nitrous oxide while making A Clockwork Orange, it might look something like Nobel Son. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, literally. Nobel Son is a breathtaking, refreshing escape from convention.


54 of 78 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
If you haven't seen this movie... uncfreight-1
Check out the reviews!!! You're wrong it tested very well!!! uncfreight-1
Puente Hills Mall leethalfelluns2
What I learned watching this..... kb1497
dvd???? demosxxx
Promotion? revcalamity
Discuss Nobel Son (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?