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Irrational Man (2015)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 7 August 2015 (USA)
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A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.

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A new philosophy professor arrives on a small town campus near Newport, Rhode Island. His name, Abe Lucas. His reputation : bad. Abe is said to be a womanizer and an alcoholic. But what people do not know is that he is a disillusioned idealist. Since he has become aware of his inability to change the world, he has indeed been living in a state of deep nihilism and arrogant desperation. In class, he only goes through the motions and outside he drinks too much. But as far as sex is concerned, he is just a shadow of himself now: depression is not synonymous with Viagra! For all that, he can't help being attracted to one of his students, pretty and bright Jill Pollard. He enters into a relationship with her which remains platonic, even if Jill would not say no to more. The situation remains unchanged for a while until, one day, in a diner, Abe and Jill surprise a conversation that will change the course of their lives dramatically... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Rated R for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$175,312 (USA) (17 July 2015)

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$4,027,764 (USA) (30 October 2015)
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Joaquin Phoenix gained 33 pounds for the role. See more »

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In piano recitals using a grand piano, the piano is placed with the soundboard open towards the audience and the performer on the audience's left, so the music is amplified and directed to the audience. In Jill's recital, the soundboard is open but facing away from the audience and Jill is on the audience's right. See more »

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Jill: Despair is what Kierkegaard called the sickness unto death, Abe. And you suffer from despair.
Abe: I'm well aware of what Kierkegaard thought. But he was, in the end, a Christian. How comforting that would be.
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References Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

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Great idea, terrible execution
26 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

When deciding to go to Irrational Man, I believed to be in for a treat. As a philosophy major struggling with an occasional existential crisis, I thought it might be cool to see a movie about a philosopher in similar peril. Although the movie starts our rather promising, it quickly lapses into utter disaster. About halfway you can stop watching as you know exactly how it will end and you might even be able to anticipate exactly what the actors are going to say. The movie is quite the opposite of a scenario in which you recognize only at the last moment that the situation is going dire. You do not really get sucked into the performance, but you just see random people uttering lines of text. The philosophy used can be taken from one introductory course but no real errors are made, except for running into dozens of cliché's. The dramatic ending resulted in hysterical laughter throughout the theater, not because it was funny, but because it was so poor. In fact, I have gone through the trouble of creating an account, just to be able to point out that this movie is a waste of time.


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