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.

Director:

Curtis Hanson

Writers:

Michael Chabon (novel), Steve Kloves (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Grady Tripp
Tobey Maguire ... James Leer
Frances McDormand ... Sara Gaskell
Robert Downey Jr. ... Terry Crabtree
Katie Holmes ... Hannah Green
Rip Torn ... Q
Richard Knox Richard Knox ... Vernon Hardapple
Jane Adams ... Oola
Michael Cavadias ... Miss Sloviak
Richard Thomas ... Walter Gaskell
Alan Tudyk ... Traxler
Philip Bosco ... Emily's Father
George Grizzard ... Fred Leer
Kelly Bishop ... Amanda Leer
Bill Velin Bill Velin ... Officer Pupcik
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Storyline

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. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The term "Wonder Boys," a derivative of the German "wunderkind," refers to someone who has greatly succeeded in their profession or art at an early age. In the movie, Grady applies the term "Wonder Boy" to James specifically. During the DVD extras, Curtis Hanson also applies it to Grady, though not in an entirely flattering way, since in Grady's case, the term refers to his early literary promise on which he has failed to deliver. In Michael Chabon's novel "Wonder Boys" (upon which this movie is based), the term also doubles as the title of Grady's giant unfinished manuscript, and "Wonder" is the last name of the brothers who are the main characters in that book. See more »

Goofs

When Grady passes out for the first time, in the lobby of word fest, Sarah Gaskel finds him. We see Sarah stand up and begin to fumble with her cigarettes. It cuts to Grady on the floor and Sarah's hands are by her side. It cuts to the original full shot of both Grady and Sarah with her hands busy with her cigarettes again. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

In the theatrical version Tobey Maguire mistakenly refers to Alan Ladd's death as a suicide. After complaints from Ladd's family, Paramount removed the offending line in all future releases of the film, including home video. VHS and DVD releases carry a disclaimer, shown before the feature, warning that the film has been edited for content. See more »


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Good Morning
from Babes in Arms (1939)
by Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown
Performed by Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney
Courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.
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A Brilliant Film
30 January 2005 | by RobertF87See all my reviews

I really love this film. Based on a novel by Michael Chabron, the film is set in a university over the course of a week-end long writing festival. The story concerns Professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) who's first novel was a huge success and has been struggling with the follow-up novel for years. When the film begins, Grady's young wife has just left him and his lover (who is married to the head of the English Department) is pregnant. Also, Grady's editor (Robert Downey Jr.) has arrived to see his (still unfinished) novel. To add to Grady's woes he has to cope with a brilliant, but deeply odd, student (Tobey Maguire).

The film has some very strong and witty dialogue, and benefits from great performances all around. Probably writers and aspiring writers will like this film for it's portrayal of the literary life. Anyone though will enjoy the humour, heart and fun of this inspirational movie.


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Language:

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Release Date:

25 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,808,919, 27 February 2000

Gross USA:

$19,393,557

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,426,588
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