Wonder Boys (2000)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Coming-of-Age  |   Release Date - Feb 25, 2000 (USA)  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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In this comedy, a middle-aged man juggles his problems with women, literature, and a career, while a younger man chases the artifact of his dreams. Pittsburgh college professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) is currently single following his divorce from his third wife; after publishing an acclaimed first novel, Grady has been working on a follow-up, but he's been sidelined by a severe case of writer's block. Grady has more than his writing career to think about; his affair with one of the (married) chancellors at the University of Pittsburgh (Frances McDormand), has resulted in her pregnancy, while Hannah (Katie Holmes), a student boarding at Grady's house, has developed a crush on him. While Grady is obsessed with his book, one of his students (Tobey Maguire) has an obsession of his own: finding a jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe. Based on the novel by Michael Chabon, The Wonder Boys also features Robert Downey Jr., Rip Torn, and Richard Thomas.

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crush, distress, extramarital-affair, masterpiece, maturity, pregnancy, professor, responsibility, student, writing

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High Artistic Quality, Sleeper