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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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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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Details

Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wonder Boys 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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All key scenes feature either one of the many actual bridges of Pittsburgh or a depiction (painting, photo, billboard, et cetera) of a bridge in the background. In the DVD extras, Director Curtis Hanson says this is meant to represent the fact that so many of the film's characters are at a point in their lives at which they have to make pivotal decisions about which way to go from then on. See more »

Goofs

When Grady is being attacked by the chancellor's dog, in one shot the doorway behind Grady is empty, and in the next shot James stands in the doorway with the cap gun. See more »

Quotes

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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 »

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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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