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Wonder Boys (2000)

Philip Bosco , Robert Downey Jr. , Curtis Hanson  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Philip Bosco, Robert Downey Jr., Frances McDormand, Michael Douglas, Richard Thomas
  • Directors: Curtis Hanson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXDJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wonder Boys" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Cast and crew interviews featuring Michael Douglas, Frances McDormand, Tobey Maguire, and Curtis Hanson
  • Location map with explanations by Curtis Hanson
  • The singer/ songwriters of Wonder Boys with direct access commentaries by Curtis Hanson
  • Music video - Bob Dylan's "Things Have Changed"

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A college professor who's been divorced three times and hasn't been able to overcome writer's block, gets his boss's wife, the college chancellor, pregnant.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 8-AUG-2006
Media Type: DVD

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6 of 0 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edited for Content December 27, 2006
I started to watch the film and the first thing I saw was a disclaimer that the DVD had been edited for content, and I stopped right there. A couple of Amazon reviewers mention this too. I found more information about it on IMBD, at [...]. Apparently, there is a legal issue involved, which does not affect the story, but required the removal of a dead actor's name. So don't let it throw you like it threw me.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strange and wonderful gem of a motion picture. March 15, 2001
Curtis Hanson's follow-up to his brilliant 'LA Confidential' is equally amazing but in a completely different way. 'Wonder Boys' is a wonderfully skewed comedy, with characters who zig and zag across the screen, weaving in through each others lives, and ultimately finding salvation in each other. Michael Douglas gives his second-great performance of 2000 (the other being in 'Traffic') as Professor Grady Tripp, a chronic pot-smoking, english teacher/author who has had great success in the past with his first novel. Problem is, he can't seem to finish his follow-up and he's been trying for years. He is having an affair with a married chancellor at his school (Frances McDormand in HER sceond great performance of the year, the other being in 'Almost Famous'). His barely-in-the-closet editor (the incredible Robert Downey Jr.) is breathing down his throat and a student of his (Katie Holmes) is trying to get in his pants. Not only that he has the chancellor's dead dog in his trunk, thanks to a mishap with a bewildered, mysterious student of his (Tobey Maguire at his usual excellence) and the car he's driving may or may not be stolen. Over the course of one hellish weekend, Grady Tripp will find out what it means to be in charge of one's own life and the way making a simple choice can change things for the better. The movie rides smoothly from start to finish thanks to great, assured direction by Hanson and smooth screenwriting by Steve Kloves (from the novel by Michael Chabon). It's a truly amazing film, whose character's are so well developed and layered that we never know what to expect of them at any given moment. In fact, anywhere you think this movie might be going at any given time, you will more then likely be wrong. Read more ›
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Douglas Gains Weight And Smokes Pot January 6, 2001
By Erix
You'd think that "L.A. Confidential" was a tough act to follow. But director Curtis Hanson takes it in stride with his follow-up, "Wonder Boys". An adaptation of Michael Chabon's novel that is pretty far removed from "Confidential", and yet, manages to be equally compelling and uniquely sedutive on its own.
Much of it is probably owed to Michael Douglas. In a refined, carefully controlled performance the actor packs on some 30 pounds and looks totally dishevelled as a burned out college professor with a fondness for marihuana.
Douglas' perfect portrayal completely carries the film. It is, in essence, a melancholic comedy. Hanson and the screenwriter use this mood to set-up some very interesting situations and present very unusual characters. The situations are aided by Dante Spinotti's captivating cinematography. And at some instances, things get so bizarre and madcap that you might think you're watching a Coen Brothers movie. Particularly in a very mean-spirited subplot involving the fate of a blind pit bull, and in a wildly amusing scene involving a car accident and Douglas' work in progress. I think of it as psychological slapstick comedy. The thinking man's pie-in-the-face. The story is riddled with stuff like this that borders on the absurd but is presented as matter-of-factly as possible.
The whole thing with Douglas' female student played by Katie Holmes, for instance. He rents her a room in his house. She clearly has a deep crush on him. And the irony here is that in a strange way this ends up being a parody of the cinematic sexual escapades that Douglas is known for... In another movie, he might have succumbed to her seductions, but he plays a very different low-key character here. Holmes plays the part perfectly too.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A weekend in the life of Professor Grady Tripp March 31, 2004
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It pretty much all takes over a long weekend of debauchery of one form or another. Professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) is a laboring novelist and teacher at a college in Pittsburgh, author Chabon's favorite place to write about (witness: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh). He's working on this novel-in-progress, swearing to his agent (with a transvestite date in tow when he swoops into town for an award banquet) that it's nearly finished when, in reality, it's anything but. He's got a bazillion pages, but the book just isn't going anywhere, certainly not toward any planned or near-at-hand conclusion.
Tripp also has a wife who announces she's leaving him and a mistress (chancellor of the school, as well as the wife of Grady's boss) who tells him she's pregnant. Add to the mix a sexy student who shacks up at Grady's house and the wonderful, brilliant, and horribly confused student played by Tobey Maguire - whose best scene, according to my 19yo son is when, in a marijuana fog, he gets the munchies, lifts the lid of a candy jar, and utters an unforgettable warble of unmitigated joy when he discovers lemon drops.
Then there's a blind dog that ends up dead in the trunk of Grady's car and a gorgeous jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe, and, and, and...
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is the single best film use of the Christ Crucifixion Archetype...
Simply put, this is the single best film use of the Christ Crucifixion Archetype to ever be played out on a film.
Published 23 days ago by Ron Layne
1.0 out of 5 stars Trivial, campy tale of mixed up professor who takes unpleasant student...
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Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0

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Published 1 month ago by Turfseer
2.0 out of 5 stars Great cast wasted in a poor slow moving cold and damp film.
What a shame this was not done better as I usually LOVE films about writers and the writing process. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Brink
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by William C. Quincy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad and the dylan song is great!
Published 3 months ago by That girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Ten
Wonder Boys is in my top ten films. The writing is cleaver and the world of Academia is clearly and comically displayed.
It is a film that is good to the last frame. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James M. Hatch
5.0 out of 5 stars super
Very interesting movie. Great acting from Michael Dougls, Robt. Downey Jr. and Frances McDormand. The story reminds me how tough teaching and writing can be, and there is lots of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by lesmoore2204
5.0 out of 5 stars cult classic
Great acting, great story, Michael Douglas Frances McDormond, Tobey Spiderman, Robert Downey Jr and the young americanchick who married Tom Cruise---plus a great soundtrack with a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by daniel travostino
Badly named, and under rated, this is one of my all time favorites. It was filmed to make you feel like you're part of the group, so much so that you feel lonely when it ends. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bay Buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorite movies
Was glad to get a copy of this at a very reasonable price as it is a movie I can watch over and over again. Terrific story, characters, acting. Michael Douglas at his best.
Published 7 months ago by Andee Sue
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