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Nobel Son (2007)

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Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, ... See full summary »

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Randall Miller

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Eli Michaelson
Bryan Greenberg ... Barkley Michaelson
Shawn Hatosy ... Thaddeus James
Mary Steenburgen ... Sarah Michaelson
Bill Pullman ... Max Mariner
Eliza Dushku ... City Hall
Danny DeVito ... George Gastner
Lindy Booth ... Beth Chapman
Tracey Walter ... Simon Ahrens
Ted Danson ... Harvey Parrish
Ernie Hudson ... Bill Canepa
Hal B. Klein ... Tully's Guy
Matt Winston ... Book Store Manager
Kirk Baily ... Wil Cavalere
Joyce Guy Joyce Guy ... Eileen Moses
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Storyline

Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, Sarah, a renowned forensic psychiatrist, now have the ill-fortune of living with a man-eating monster whose philandering ways have gotten less and less discrete. As if Barkley's world is not bad enough, on the eve of his father receiving the Nobel, Barkley is kidnapped and the requested ransom is the $2,000,000 in Nobel prize money. Needless to say, Eli refuses to pay it and so starts a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. In the words of Michel De Montaigne, the 16th century philosopher: "There is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead." Written by Randall Miller & Jody Savin

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Keep your eyes on the prize. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent gruesome images, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Filho do Nobel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$333,912, 7 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$540,183, 24 December 2008
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson are married in real life, but their characters never interact. Danson's role is little more than a cameo. See more »

Goofs

In the Mini in the Mall, a stunt driver can be seen in the driver's seat of the car. He first appears when the vehicle is stationary, about 20 seconds before the end of the scene, then immediately after, when the car is headed for one of the walls. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barkley Michaelson: The French essayist, Michel de Montaigne, once said, "I think there is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead." The wisdom of it. When you were a kid with an open soul, they told the world consists of good guys and bad guys. I always liked the bad guys. Scar Face over Superman.
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Alternate Versions

In the U.K. the film was cut by 10 seconds to remove a scene where somebody has their thumb cut off. An uncut 18 certificate was available to the distributor. For the 2010 DVD the cut was waived and the certificate raised to an 18. See more »

Connections

References Scarface (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Hell Is for Children
Written by Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and Roger Capps
Courtesy of Chrysalis Music Group
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User Reviews

 
Funniest Film of the Year!
26 September 2008 | by shadowycatSee all my reviews

It's edgy, fast-paced, super hip, has a "bangin" electronica soundtrack (Oakenfold/Crystal Method etc) all the while amazingly witty and funny.

It's a great combination, being one part psychological thriller, one part comedy. Combining lighthearted romp with details of chemistry and forensics, cannibalism,and kidnapping.... plus such a great cast – great to see actress Mary Steenburgen with such a pivotal role, and Danny Devito is great as the special neighbor. Great cast. Everyone working together so swimmingly, too.

A list cast, college kids… will appeal to younger AND older viewers. Not a frat house romp. There is a tendency to assume that a combination of college and comedy means necessarily puerile, but there is nothing low-brow going on in this film. Saw a trailer first that didn't come anywhere near telling the story – that trailer made it all about sex… and the film is not about sex. It's good, that's all I can say. We laughed ourselves sick! This film is dope.

Rickman's character is deliciously flawed and OMG I've had profs like him! His family are altogether typical intelligentsia, and his son... well... you've known a guy like him too.. there's always someone like him in school.

What's great is how all the ends tie up neatly, without a cliché' reveal. And did I mention the killer soundtrack? Nothing like a perfect soundtrack to carry one through all the action.

DO NOT miss this film. It was SO good.


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