An unfinished novel, a stolen car, a murdered pet and a failing marriage are just a few of the crises piling up like a logjam in this often hilarious story of bright promise gone awry. Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) is a college professor and award winning novelist whose latest book is seven years overdue, so it's hardly surprising that his college's annual literary festival fills the former wonder boy with more than his usual dose of self doubt and anxiety. During a single hectic weekend, he must scramble to gather together a life that has suddenly spiralled out of control..'
Still one of my favourite films...rather in the style of 'Big Lebowski' and 'Withnail and I',but arguably better than either, an intelligent and funny portrayal of one weekend in Pittsburgh, following the complicated life of an English college professor(played by Michael Douglas in one of his best roles). From a book by Michael Chabon, its one of those films where the script is razor sharp and engaging, and all the characters are noteworthy;the film somehow retains a warmth to it as we follow these characters in their messed up lives.Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey Jnr,Frances McDormand, Rip Torn, title song specially written by Bob Dylan, whats not to like? Why isnt this film better known? I find myself quoting from it at inappropriate moments....
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Promises more than it give.
- Wonder Boys review by CP Customer
Potentially a fantastic, dark, and blackly comic film about the hopeless writer, played by micheal douglas, and the weekend that everything fell apart The film just doesnt quite go far enough i'm afraid, and is very 2d. tobey maguire's performance as a suicide obsessed young wannabee writer is the outstanding part in this film.