- 1h 51min
- Directed by: Curtis Hanson
- Cast: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey Jr, Frances McDormand, Katie Holmes, Rip Torn
Grady Tripp (Douglas), one time celebrated novelist, now cynical creative writing professor is having a rough weekend. His third wife has just left him, his mistress, who also happens to be the College Chancellor's wife, is pregnant, manic depressive pupil James Leer (Maguire) has latched onto him and Tripp's perverse agent, Terry Crabtree (Downey Jr), is coming with the sole aim of proofing Tripp's (unfinished) new novel. Douglas is a revelation in this sophisticated comedy examining the chaos that ensues when intellectually stifled lives begin to move on again. Yet again Hanson ('LA Confidential') proves himself to be a dynamic filmmaker with powerful feeling for pace, style, rhythm and form.
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