Wednesday, June 10, 2009
In the film adaptation of Michael Chabon's (autobiographical?) novel, Michael Douglas plays an aging author/professor who hasn't published a book in too long a time (but he has tenure, so he's golden) even though his current manuscript-in-progress has exceeded 2,000 pages, and he mentors a pre-Cruisicidal Katie Holmes and a nearly autistic Tobey Maguire while screwing Frances McDormand, the university chancellor who is also married to the director of the English department, excellently portrayed with pretense and egomania by Richard "John Boy Walton" Thomas, and his agent/editor is Robert Downey Jr. and even though his character is gay, he's nothing but Robert Downey Jr., the character he's played since starring in Pound.
If you're an English major, a writer, or a pretentious lit nerd (and that's a largely overlapping Venn Diagram), you'll probably enjoy this flick. I did.
Rating: Frances McDormand% (87%)
photo courtesy of imdb.com