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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 8-AUG-2006
Media Type: DVD
- 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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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.Read more ›
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...
First: I mean really "first." Before the movie starts, the screen is filled with the HORRIFYING message: "This film has been edited for content." WHAT???? This set up a sense of foreboding that never left me as I watched the movie. Not to worry: the content that was actually edited turns out to be in the list of celebrity suicides cited by Tobey in what I suppose is the movie's first act: Evidently, the theatrical version contained factual mistake[s].
Second: The sound is pretty dull. You'd think a picture that won its only Oscar for best song would have a digital track. It does not. Dolby 5.0 and 2.0 are your choices. Neither very attractive.
Third: Extra Features - REALLY lame. A running commentary by director Hanson would have been nice. The book's author, Michael Chabon, would have been even better. As it is, we get a whimsical tour through Pittsburg with the director. Blyuuck.
Fourth: There are annoying spots in the transfer where the image gets stuck and lines of dialog are lost. I know this has something to do with "layering" and, apparently, can't be avoided, but I've never seen it as bad as on this DVD.
Summing up: This movie never got the attention it deserved from audiences, and now it has gotten a sloppy DVD transfer. What a shame, because this was one of the better movies of 2000.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WONDER BOYS (2000) is a brilliant, witty, fun movie based on Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys: A Novel with an ensemble of excellent actors who each bring memorable performances to... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Christine N. Bush
Timeless, great dialogue, great plot, and hilarious. True to real life as in sometimes "truth IS stranger than fiction..." Interesting. I did not want to leave the room.Published 1 month ago by E. Lauren
Very shallow writing and character profiling, and no laughs - could not go beyond the first 35 minutes or so.
Certainly a step back vs. Read more
Wonder Boys is one of those movies that you can watch over and over. It has taunt humor, peppered with illicit affairs, writers block(when is a book done), too much drinking and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Bouley
This is one of my favorite movies. It is hilarious, and the dialogue is great! Rare to find good writing in a movie anymore.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I watch this one over and over. Stays close to Chabon's novel and the acting is great.Published 2 months ago by C. Bronsky
This movie succeeds in all aspects of film making, the writing is witty and quick, the performances are flawless, and it is shot beautifully. Read morePublished 3 months ago by w00ch
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