- Curtis Hanson
- Reviewed by
- a.k.a. Jacinda
- Review date
- Saturday, December 23, 2000
The main character is Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) who is teaching literature at university. He was once declared a great novelist with his second book not being finished yet although he had already written about 2500 pages. No need to worry about writer's block! The story is a weird journey of this professor including all the elements mentioned before (except the snake). I don't know if this is really a story about the midlife crisis of a man but Grady in a way has to settle down with things as his girlfriend (Frances McDormand) gets pregnant and his editor (Robert Downey Jr.) arrives in town to talk about his next novel. You will also find Tobey Maguire in one of his most cheerful roles ever and Dawson's Creek's Katie Holmes in a small supporting role.
I don't want to give away too much of the story. Actually, I can't really explain what happens - you simply have to see it for yourself. I only have to state this: Michael Douglas deserves an Oscar for portraying Grady trip exactly as I had imagined him when I read the book. Curtis Hanson is a master of adapting novels. I still remember LA Confidential as one of the best films in the past years. Wonder Boys can't be compared with it, but it has some of the weirdest characters and situations I've seen lately (reminding me a lot of John Irving). The dialogue is witty, the cast is outstanding, the script is intelligent. What else can I say?
Michael Douglas received a Golden Globes nomination for Best Dramatic Actor. I can't wait for the Oscars...
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