Wonder Boys (2000)

CURTIS HANSON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

United Kingdom/Germany/USA/Japan2000.  British Broadcasting Corporation, MFF Feature Film Productions, Marubeni, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, Toho-Towa.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Curtis Hanson, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2000. American Film Institute Awards 2000.  Golden Globe Awards 2000National Board of Review 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 () 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.

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