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Wonder Boys (2000)

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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.

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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A weekend from hell became the time of his life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The film was originally released in February of 2000 to almost universal praise (especially for the performance of Michael Douglas) but with very little fanfare. Paramount, the film's distributor, decided to re-release the film that November with a different marketing campaign that highlighted its strong supporting cast, and hopes that it would garner some Oscar nominations, despite Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Friedman's acknowledgment that no studio had ever successfully re-released a picture that initially flopped. See more »

Goofs

James says that 'Alan Ladd' committed suicide. After protest from the Ladd family, the DVD version has edited out this mention of Ladd's (arguable) suicide (some reports list Ladd's death from cerebral edema) (Reportedly, only the theatrical version has the original mention of Alan Ladd's death.). 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

The video release appears to have been edited for language as well. Early in the film, when Michael Douglas is picking up his editor at the airport, he turns to him and says "you're fucked-up" but an overdubbing has him saying "you're high." Near the end of the film, when Robert Downey Jr. is chasing Vernon with his car, Vernon says "Motherfucker" but this was overdubbed to "man" for the video release. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Not Dark Yet
Written & Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A unique comedy with likable characters and a great plot.
25 April 2013 | by sonumania123See all my reviews

Wonder Boys is a unique comedy that lets you see what the characters are going through. The movie presents itself a pleasant and strange characters and see what is about to occur in every little bit. Wonder Boys achieves to be both a delightful character study and also a stunning success directed into a nice joint piece. It is fairly uplifting to see characters cooperate, contrast,connect, laugh, and mostly do things that appear in full honesty. While it's not a flawless movie, Wonder Boys is applauded for its sharp and smart script and bountiful of great acting.

Grady is having a bumpy day. His wife left him, his girlfriend is pregnant, he has an attractive looking student whom rents a room from him, and his editor shows up at his city with a transvestite, and one of his students shows up at a party with a gun. As the viewers, we're in for one hell of entertaining ride.

When a flick like Wonder Boys works in nearly all sizes, the greatest attention is rewarded to the actors and actresses. Michael Douglas was pleasant to watch in this movie. Frances McDormand modestly glosses. Katie Holmes was all-out excellent in her character. She's relaxed and smart, and a harsh one as well. As continuously, Robert Downey Jr. is funny and hazardous. He accepts much jeopardy as an actor. The one who mounted out the most for me is Tobey Maguire, smart, shy, weird, and funny was the type of character he played. The kind of guy you stay away from if you were to encounter one in school.

Wonder Boys prepares what any upright film would do: It provides characters to like and a script that expresses a charming story.


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Language:

English

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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