Wonder Boys


LA Confidential director Curtis Hanson's light-hearted take on the mid-life crisis was adored by critics and ignored by audiences, and you can see why. This tale of dope-smoking novelist Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) wrestling with a chaotic love life, a book he can't finish and troubled prodigy James Leer (Tobey Maguire) has style, intelligence and great performances in spades. But the screwball plot is self-consciously quirky and the upshot is neither as moving nor as involving as it should be.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: November 1st 2001

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