Wonder Boys

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Wonder Boys: Friday February 25, 2000

An Unfinished novel, a stolen car, a murdered pet an unstable student, a fed wife, a pregnant lover. It's safe to say that Grady Tripp has a number of issues to deal with weekend. Grady is a 50-ish years English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years not  since he wrote his award winning  Great  American Novel 7 years ago. Its hardly surprising, then that his college's annual literary festival fills the former wonder boy with more than his usual quota of self doubt and anxiety. This festival weekend, however, proves even worse than he could have imagined as he finds himself reeling from one misadventure to another in the company of a new wonder boy, James Leer. He's Grady's most gifted writing student. He's also a fluent liar whose peculiar behavior launches the professor on a picaresque odyssey of self discovery 2000 Paramount Pictures 

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Points 100 75 82 75 83



83 - Worth Seeing

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Rating System:

0 - 40 points

Not Worth Seeing
40 - 65 points  Go See At Matinee
65- 85 points Worth Seeing
85-100 points Definitely worth seeing. "A must see!"


Curtis Hanson


Michael Chabon - novel 
Steven Kloves   - script


Drama / Comedy


Michael Douglas as  Grady Tripp
Robert Downey Jr as Terry Crabtree 
Frances McDormand as Sara Gaskell
Katie Holmes as Hannah Green

Running Time

1hr 48min


Rated R for language and drug content.


Paramount Pictures




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 The People's Review of Wonder Boys 

score = 65
65-This movie lacked the drive of Douglas's Wall St or American President.It was Mr McGoo the writer.Always a new problem to leap but no comic relief,sentiment,or rush.Mash potatos w/o the salt.