Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
United Kingdom/Germany/USA/Japan, 2000. British Broadcasting Corporation, MFF Feature Film Productions, Marubeni, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa. Screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by Michael Chabon. Cinematography by Dante Spinotti. Produced by Curtis Hanson, Scott Rudin. Music by Christopher Young. Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall. Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor. Film Editing by Dede Allen. Academy Awards 2000. American Film Institute Awards 2000. Boston Film Critics Awards 2000. Golden Globe Awards 2000. Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2000. National Board of Review Awards 2000. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2000.
Rich, uplifting comedy from Curtis Hanson, with Michael Douglas better than ever before as an aging college professor who has the weekend from hell fall in his lap: his married girlfriend (Frances McDormand, another golden notch in her belt) is pregnant, his troubled but gifted student (Tobey Maguire) really has some problems to deal with, and his eccentric agent (Robert Downey Jr.) descends upon him to pressure him about the book that he has been promising to deliver for almost a decade. Steve Kloves’ script couldn’t be more deft, and the photography by Dante Spinotti is the work of a true artist.