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Solitary Man [Blu-ray]
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Top Customer Reviews
Though this film received little attention, I thought that it was absolutely excellent and worth an Oscar nomination (being that they're handing them out willy nilly now). Susan Saradon plays Douglas' ex and does so expertly with just the perfect amount of anger, pity, and old love. Douglas plays the philandering 60+ year old who still thinks he's 20 perfectly. The end of the movie leaves people guessing, but can also be used as a conversation starter and had me thinking about the film long after I left the theater.
Over the next six-and-a-half years, Ben transforms into an unappealing pathetic soul as one by one friends and family cut him off. He continues begging people for money and jobs, plus finds time to get into complicated sexual situations with a friend of his daughter as well as the daughter of the woman he is currently dating. His career in a mess and he is a loser with every woman he meets. He cannot find pleasure in positive things, and in the end he is alone, a "Solitary Man."
Somehow Douglas makes this unappealing character real, and the movie is a fascinating drama-comedy.
With a brief introduction, we meet Douglas as a successful man facing a possible health crisis. Fast forward six years. Douglas is now broke, unemployed and practically unemployable due to a scandal, divorced, and carrying on with a woman for her business connections. He's an aging lothario who seems to be actively working to estrange himself from his family and his closest friends. The thought of not living life on his own terms has caused him to systematically deconstruct everything that was once successful and lovable about his old persona. Douglas is fearless as I mentioned above and his trysts with younger, and some patently inappropriate, women range from comical to quite unsettling. Douglas ultimately does have to start addressing his shortcomings, but is it too little and too late?
While Douglas may be difficult to like--he is certainly surrounded by a plethora of people who still care. The film shines in its supporting cast.Read more ›
Ben Kalman (Michael Douglas) is the person of interest in this story, a man who six years prior to the opening of the film is informed of his mortality, and in the last six years this car dealer has gone form disposing of his honest reputation to the point of participating in scams, being arrested, bedding every 19 year old girl he can, losing his money, divorcing his wife (Susan Sarandon), losing the respect of his daughter (Jenny Fischer) whose husband requests she not see her father nor expose their son to him, cheating on his girlfriend with important family ties (Mary Louise Parker) by inappropriate activity with her daughter (Imogen Poots), and being refused financing despite his friend (Ben Schenkman) attempts on his behalf.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed all the performances. Unfortunately the audience didn't get a convincing reason for the characters loneliness but that also is what makes the film interesting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Louis P. Campos
Released at the height of the Great Recession in 2009, Solitary Man is a tiring meditation on everything from the raging denial of old age to Bernie Madoff scaled bouts of willful... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Neiss
3.5 rating is accurate. Wish we could give fractional ratings but in this case it favors 3, rather than 4. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ponto
Item arrived in good condition and on time. Haven't had time to view it, but anticipate no problems with the dvd.Published 6 months ago by Robert and Jo Anna Oldani