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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)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Prof. Grady Tripp
Tobey Maguire ... James Leer
Frances McDormand ... Dean Sara Gaskell
Robert Downey Jr. ... Terry Crabtree
Katie Holmes ... Hannah Green
Rip Torn ... Quentin 'Q' Morewood
Richard Knox Richard Knox ... Vernon Hardapple
Jane Adams ... Oola
Michael Cavadias ... Miss Antonia 'Tony' Sloviak
Richard Thomas ... Walter Gaskell
Alan Tudyk ... Sam 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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | Germany | UK | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cudowni chlopcy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,808,919, 27 February 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,389,454, 28 January 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,312,406, 7 December 2000
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James mentions his parents live in the town of Carvel. Carvel is the name of the fictional town where Andy Hardy and his family lived in the series of Andy Hardy films from the 1930s and 1940s. While James is watching television at Emily's house, he stops for a minute on Babes in Arms (1939), which (though not an Andy Hardy film) stars Mickey Rooney, who played Andy Hardy in sixteen movies, and Judy Garland, who appeared with Rooney in many of them. See more »

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The first time James smokes pot in Tripp's car, in one shot the joint is close to his mouth and when the camera cuts in for a close-up the joint is farther away. 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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Features The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) See more »

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Slip Away
Written by William Armstrong, Marcus Daniel & Wilbur Terrell
Performed by Clarence Carter
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Great story, great performances
29 June 2001 | by Rammstein-2See all my reviews

Sometimes, movie makers manage to create a world that one cannot resist being pulled into. In this world one lingers for a couple of hours, waiting for the next minute with a smile on one's lips. "Wonder Boys" is one of the best movies of recent years in that it successfully drags the viewer along on it's whimsical and sometimes really strange journey.

The characters are believable despite their alien behaviors - the only normal person around might just be Hannah Green (Holmes), skirting around the main characters like an observing ghost. Douglas is pulling off what must be his best performance ever, portraying a decaying, once-famous addict writer with a severe case of reversed writer's block: he can't finish his novel and he can't stop writing... Tobey Maguire is very well cast with his innocent yet troubled look, and Frances McDormand is just as she always is: fantastic.

I'm very impressed with this film, which took me off-guard. Not many I know went to see it. I'm glad I did.


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