over 1 year
Snoozefest. Doesn't hold a candle to the book.
over 5 years
Twee movie about creatives and campus life. Ordinary but watchable
over 6 years
Smart and funny. I really liked it! I would definitely watch it again.
24 hours with quirky, smart, flawed characters, I find myself going back to this.
Tómas Þór Jónsson
over 7 years
A bit slow but definitely worth watching if you are in that kind of mood.
Wonder Boys is a dark comedy film based on the 1995 novel of the same title by Michael Chabon. Directed by Curtis Hanson, it stars Michael Douglas as professor Grady Tripp, a novelist who teaches creative writing at an unnamed Pittsburgh university. He has been unable to finish his second novel, his young wife has left him, and he is sleeping with the Chancellor of the university (Frances McDormand), who is the wife of the chairman of his department. Grady's editor (Robert Downey, Jr.) is in town to take a look at the book and becomes interested in a book that a student (Tobey Maguire) from Grady's creative writing class has just completed.
Wonder Boys was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, including locations at Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and Shady Side Academy. Other Pennsylvania locations included Beaver, Rochester and Rostraver Township. The film reunited Holmes and Maguire, who had appeared together three years earlier in The Ice Storm.
After Wonder Boys...