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Nobel Son -- 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 o
Nobel Son -- A young chemistry student (Hatosy) throws a wrench into the existence of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Eli Michaelson (Rickman) by first kidnapping his son (Greenberg).
Nobel Son -- Clip: Bill interrogates Danny
Nobel Son -- Clip: Shawn and Bryan discuss teaming up
Nobel Son -- Clip: Bill & Mary discuss thumb crimes


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Alan Rickman ... Eli Michaelson

Bryan Greenberg ... Barkley Michaelson

Shawn Hatosy ... Thaddeus James

Mary Steenburgen ... Sarah Michaelson

Bill Pullman ... Max Mariner

Eliza Dushku ... City Hall

Danny DeVito ... George Gastner

Lindy Booth ... Beth Chapman

Tracey Walter ... Simon Ahrens

Ted Danson ... Harvey Parrish

Ernie Hudson ... Bill Canepa

Hal B. Klein ... Tully's Guy

Matt Winston ... Book Store Manager
Kirk Baily ... Wil Cavalere
Joyce Guy ... Eileen Moses

Kevin West ... Jaundice Guy

Wayne Lopez ... Cabbie

Dawn Balkin ... Stewardess

Johanna Torell ... Analea Sigvatsson

Mark Famiglietti ... Officer Relyea
Valerie Long ... Excrement Woman

Juliette Jeffers ... Claire

Greg Collins ... Foreman

Danika Quinn ... Opera Singer (as Danika Osterman)
Kelly Lange ... Herself
Sam Rubin ... Himself

Mary Pat Gleason ... Ruby

Matthew Kimbrough ... Deacon

Reid Collums ... Delivery Guy

Larry Hankin ... Dr. Polaczek

Lucy DeVito ... Devotee

Dean Rader-Duval ... Ernie
Stuart Silverman ... Salesman

Marina Black ... Female Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Battle ... College Student (uncredited)
Rashad Chambers ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Mark Charran ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Tiffany Downey ... Model (uncredited)

Bennett Dunn ... Bartender (uncredited)

Joseph Falasca ... Detective (uncredited)
Brendon Graham ... Soldier (uncredited)

Joe Koons ... Poet (uncredited)
Joe Kurak ... Raffle ticket guy (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Guest at Banquet (uncredited)

Carla Stoelting ... Model (uncredited)
Avis Wrentmore ... Model (uncredited)

Directed by
Randall Miller 
Writing credits
Jody Savin (written by) &
Randall Miller (written by)

Produced by
Jane Baum .... co-producer
Bridget Fonger .... associate producer
Jeffery Goddard .... executive producer
Jon Faiz Kayyem .... co-producer
Art Klein .... executive producer
Randall Miller .... producer
J.P. O'Neill .... co-producer
Michael Ravine .... executive producer
Jody Savin .... producer
Ronald Savin .... co-producer
Tom Soulanille .... executive producer
Terry Spazek .... line producer
Henry Suarez .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Adler 
Paul Oakenfold 
Cinematography by
Mike Ozier 
Film Editing by
Randall Miller 
Casting by
Richard Pagano 
Production Design by
Craig Stearns 
Set Decoration by
Laura Evans 
Costume Design by
Kathryn Morrison 
Makeup Department
Alexi .... key hair stylist
Lynn Barber .... department head makeup
Marie Larkin .... department head hair
Annalisa V. Levin .... key makeup artist (as Annalisa Levin)
Production Management
Terry Spazek .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Crotty .... second second assistant director (as Michael Walter Crotty)
John Pontrelli .... second assistant director (as John 'Ponch' Pontrelli)
Brian Relyea .... first assistant director (as Brian F. Relyea)
Art Department
Phil Brandes .... painter
Susan Cho .... buyer
Michael Cudlitz .... propmaker
David Dickinson .... painter
James Diggs .... lead painter (as James N. Diggs)
Matthew D. Egan .... propmaker foreman (as Matthew Egan)
George Galicia .... laborer
Mitchell Hammer .... painter
David E. Harshbarger .... property master (as David Harshbarger)
Brandon Le Doux .... propmaker
Staci Mallett .... set dresser (as Stacy Mallet)
James Mize .... propmaker
Scott Ramey .... co-lead painter
Willy Roberts .... on-set dresser
Rebekah Schultz .... assistant property master
F. Andrew Scott .... signwriter
John L. Sullivan .... propmaker (as John Sullivan)
Nandor Szilagy .... set dresser (as Nandor Szilagyi)
Anatonio Vasquez .... laborer
Steven C. Voll .... construction coordinator
Lynny Warner .... leadman
Chris Withrow .... set dresser
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
James Bailey .... foley artist
Kevin Patrick Burns .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Carlin .... sound utility
Verna Mandel .... sound recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Kelly Oxford .... supervising sound editor
Damien Smith .... foley artist
Dean Thomas .... boom operator
Steve Weiss .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Nikki Amoriasino .... special effects foreman (as Nikki Amorosino)
Josh Hakian .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Brian Beard .... digital intermediate editor
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Robert Beebe .... digital effects technician: iO FILM (uncredited)
J.J. Dashnaw .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Atkins .... grip
Richard Avalon .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Betancourt .... loader
Ira Boyd .... chief lighting technician
Tina Casey .... additional still photographer
Michael Druez .... grip (as Michael Patrick Druez)
Tim Dunbar .... grip
Ann Elliot Cutting .... additional still photographer (as Ann Cutting)
Camilo Figueroa .... electrician
Lawrence Gund .... still photographer
Timothy S. Hale .... dolly grip: "b"
Chris Hamala .... grip
Tucker Korte .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Matthew Tucker Korte)
Johnny Madison .... electrician
Niran Martin .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Niranjan Martin)
David Fred Masselink .... digital imaging technician
Shawn Meyer .... dolly grip: "a"
Phil Miller .... key grip
Thom Owens .... Steadicam operator
Thom Owens .... camera operator: "a" camera
Michael Perry .... electrician
Joey Brighton Reynolds .... camera trainee
Mario Signore .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Grant Smith .... grip
James 'Biff' Thomsen .... best boy electric (as Biff Thomsen)
Martin Torner .... grip (as Martin K. Torner)
Nicholas Tredway .... grip (as Nick Tredway)
Mira Velasco .... best boy grip
Nirant Vora .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mario Signore .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
John Hope .... animator (opening animation)
John Hope .... contributing animator (opening animation)
Casting Department
Leanna Sheldon .... casting associate
Pete Sutton .... extras casting
Michele Wallin .... casting assistant (as Michele Berumen)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olga Ishkhanova .... fitter
Olga Ishkhanova .... tailor
Hailey Palla .... set costumer (as Hailey Pahoa)
Julie Thompson .... key costumer
Laura Wolford .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Michael Mintz .... digital film colorist
Dan O'Brien .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jonathan McHugh .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Fred Bishop .... driver (as Fred Bishop)
Al Boone .... driver
Steve Butler .... driver
Glenn Carter .... transportation coordinator (as Glenn A. Carter)
Johnny Davis .... driver (as Johnny T.J. Davis)
John Dixon .... driver
James M. Downs .... driver (as Jimmy Downs)
Dan Drews .... driver
Chris Gallegos .... driver
David Guilbeau .... driver (as David 'Cajun' Guilbeau)
Scott Howard .... driver
Jim Martell .... driver
Kenneth Newland .... driver (as Kenny Newland)
John Suttles .... driver (as John R. Suttles)
Scott Tibbetts .... driver
Chuck Visconte .... transportation captain
Other crew
Mitchell Almarez .... assistant craft service (as Mitch Almarez)
Russell Chadwick .... set production assistant
Rhonda DeVictor .... production coordinator
Claire Doré .... cat trainer
Aaron Ezolt .... assistant accountant
Daniel Gusman .... marketing and publicity: international sales
Lauren M. Higgs .... production assistant
Annie U. Jacobsen .... assistant master chef (as Annie Jacobsen)
Nadine Jolson .... publicist
Christine LaFountaine .... key set production assistant (as Christine LaFontaine)
Max Leeds .... legal counsel: international sales
Michelle Marzahn .... production legal
Mauricio Montal .... advisor: single molecule spectroscopy
Scott Mosher .... location scout
John Ortbals .... cat trainer
Michael Percival .... location manager
B.J. Rayniak .... site representative
Kirsten Robinson .... script supervisor (as Kirsten Pope)
Christina Romney-Glotzer .... assistant production coordinator (as Christina Romney)
Christiana Rubin .... additional production assistant
Takao Shibuya .... master chef
Siri Sirishambhand .... craft service (as Siri Sirisambhand)
Tony J. Solorzano .... first aid
Phil Spazek .... production assistant
Robert W. Sterrett III .... assistant location manager (as Robert Sterrett)
Elisabeth Stone .... production assistant
Melanie Tolbert .... stand-in
Carrie Tyson .... production coordinator (as Carrie A. Tyson)
Laura Warner .... production accountant
Helen Alexis Yonov .... set production assistant
Matthew Bolin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lauren M. Higgs .... production secretary (uncredited)
Jon Avnet .... the producers wish to thank
Ward Larsen .... thanks

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Rated R for some violent gruesome images, language and sexuality
110 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (2010) | Germany:16 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:15 (cut) | UK:18 (uncut) (re-release) | USA:R

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Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson are married in real life, but their characters never interact. Danson's role is little more than a cameo.See more »
Continuity: After Det. Mariner questions Eli for the second time, Eli and his mother follow the detective out to his car, which is parked with its wheels partially off the asphalt. In the next shot, all of the wheels are on the asphalt.See more »
[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.
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
awful, 10 March 2010
Author: rwtmoore from Boston

This movie demonstrates everything that's wrong with Hollywood.

The overall story isn't that bad; it's the execution. This movie is filled to the brim with myriad plot holes, implausible situations and dialog, lame humor and laughable attempts at poignancy. And if that's not bad enough, it's also crammed with clichéd sound effects, unrelated trendy music and an array of un-called-for camera tricks and 'cool' editing. There's so much absurd stuff here, it would take me hundreds of pages to explain it all. Almost every aspect of this film is so implausible, that right from the start I could not suspend my disbelief.

It's as if the filmmakers decided to use every cool camera movement and editing that they ever saw and shoehorn it into this movie. That, coupled with the bad music choices, make the tone of this thing jump all over the place. It's disjointed and lacks a unified feel.

Why are the characters introduced with typing across the screen? This is a pathetic cliché that goes back to espionage type movies, so why is it here? Who's documenting the case? This movie doesn't know what it wants to be. It tries desperately to be Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino all rolled into one and it just doesn't work. Barkley narrates at the beginning and end of this movie. If it is supposed to be seen through Barkley's eyes, then we've been cheaply duped, because a ton of stuff has been left out that would have been shown to the audience. You can't have a character narrate and then hide what he sees and hears from the audience. It's a cheap trick.

The tip of the iceberg of plot holes and implausibilities: What is the purpose of the gardener character? He could be removed and the story wouldn't change one bit. And why was he murdered? It seems absurd that they'd kill him just to vacate the apartment. These are supposed to be brilliant people; wasn't there a less illegal, less violent way to accomplish that? And what's with linking OCD with electric cars? The filmmakers often try to make a correlation between things that don't correlate. The Pat Benitar thing was a sad attempt at making a poignant link between the brothers. And how convenient was it that he left City Hall's apartment without his shoes. No one I know has ever been in that much of a hurry. He couldn't just carry them along with his shirt? Like so much of this script it's unbelievably contrived.

If there's been four thumbs taken in the last month wouldn't it be on the news? Wouldn't everybody know about it? And, if so, why is it crucial to send a thumb, to show you mean business, when everyone knows it's probably not the kidnap victim's thumb. And how did they get the Mini-Cooper in the apartment? Where did the brothers meet and plan it all? How did they know about each other? And Eli's dialog about molecules luminescing is over-the-top sophomoric.

Thaddeus spends a significant amount of time telling us how much of a horrible person his father is. Then, instantly, he wants his father to be proud of him and he wants to follow in his footsteps. What? He wants to steal other people's work and mess around with grad students and other people's wives? And Barkley seems like a dork even after we're shown that he's some kind of evil genius. I know a heck of a lot of Phds and not one of them ever played a Gameboy. And his mother is proud that he's an evil genius, because I guess, she's kind of evil too, even though she appears to have lived a successful and upstanding life for the past 50-odd years. Another cheap trick. OK, we get that people aren't all bad or all good. What a revelation. I think I got it when I was ten years old. And just in case we didn't get the message, Barkley actually tells us that during the opening credits.

Fortunately, City Hall lit one hundred candles near her bed on the roof, just in case, she brings home Barkley, virtually a stranger, many hours later. And wouldn't it be funny if Barkley woke up in the morning and stretched, but forgot that he was naked and outdoors in bright sunlight and somebody saw him. Hilarious. If I was twelve years old again. Who's ever heard of moo-shu? I've been eating moo-shi for longer than Barkley's been alive.

And we're spoon-fed embarrassing amounts of exposition: Thaddeus chronicling the gardener's history, Eli's history, etc. And just in case we missed the fact that City hall has done something twisted, don't worry, because right after she does it, a song is played that tells us that she's a twisted girl. And Barkley tells his whole personal situation to a clerk at a café. It's ridiculous. I've never seen such bad exposition. It's just lazy writing it really insults the intelligence of the viewer.

There's the poetry reading place, where predictably, everyone's poetry is ludicrous, except, of course, City Hall's. I mean, this gag's got whiskers on it.

And what's with the twisted logic of Sarah, "I hope it's Barkley's thumb. If it's somebody else's thumb then the kidnapper is a calculating psychopath." So, by that logic, if the kidnapper cuts off Barkley's thumb, then he's a psychopath, just not a calculating one. OK, I'll be on planet earth if anybody needs me.

You can't tell what's going happen because you're not given enough information. They've stacked the deck where you can't possibly figure it out and by the end there's so many ridiculous and implausible situations that you don't care. A mystery must include all the info needed to get it. Otherwise, it's cheap trick, which is what this is.

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