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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 ... 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.

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

When James lists the actors who took their own lives, Everett Sloane was the only one to get a compliment. See more »

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The first rainy scene in front of Tripp's house was obviously filmed on a bright sunny day because there is bright sunlight and sharp shadows cast on the house See more »

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[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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Things Ain't What They Used to Be
Written by Mercer Ellington and Ted Persons
Performed by Johnny Hodges
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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The best college movie since 'Animal House'.
14 March 2001 | by mhasheiderSee all my reviews

Funny and enjoyable drama about a self-centered English professor (Michael Douglas) who encounters several little dilemmas during a weekend festival on the college campus where he works.

The performance that Douglas delivers here got to be one of his finest in recent memory. Perhaps his best. Besides Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Katie Holmes, Frances McDormand, Rip Torn, and Robert Downey, Jr. make one of the best supporting casts that I've seen in quite some time. Downey and Maguire (who portray the curious editor and the prized pupil) both turn in super performances that should have earned the pair Best Supporting Actor nominations. Torn's character shares the same name as the man who gave James Bond those cute and exciting gadgets, which is "Q".

"Wonder Boys" is the first film directed by Curtis Hanson, who hit gold with "L.A. Confidential" a few years ago. Screenwriter Steve Kloves writes a smart and intelligent story here and places the funny moments with some perfect timing. Photographer Dante Spinotti ("Heat", "L.A. Confidential", "The Insider") provides the movie with great views of the campus during the fall and winter seasons. The movie's theme song, "Things Have Changed", written and sung by the legendary Bob Dylan, is great to listen to and deserves an Oscar for it.

Overall, this film is the best college movie made since John Landis' classic comedy spoof/satire, "Animal House". This movie is "Animal House" with much better morals and doesn't have the common clichés.


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