Harvard Man (2002)



Critic Consensus: Harvard Man is a pretentious, incoherent mess.

Movie Info

Director and screenwriter James Toback used his own experiences as a college student in the 1960s as the basis for this drama about a present-day student athlete who's bitten off more than he can chew. Alan Jensen (Adrian Grenier) is a college sophomore struggling to keep up with an unusually busy schedule -- while studying philosophy as a Harvard undergrad, he's also a point guard on the school's basketball team, and is juggling two girlfriends, cheerleader Cindy Bandolini (Sarah Michelle … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: James Toback
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 5, 2002
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as Alan Jensen

as Cindy Bandolini

as Chesney Cort

as Teddy Carter

as Kelly Morgan

as Andrew Bandolini

as Marcus Blake

as Dr. Reese

as Juliet

as Coach Preston

as Kenner

as Charlotte Jensen

as Steve Jensen

as Jonathan

as Jonathan's Mother

as Bartender

as Waitress

as Coed No.1

as Coed No.2

as Himself

as Al Frankin's Daughte...

as Cyril the Butler

as Harvard Radio Broadc...

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Critic Reviews for Harvard Man

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (18)

Grenier is terrific, bringing an unforced, rapid-fire delivery to Toback's Heidegger- and Nietzsche-referencing dialogue.

Full Review… | October 28, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The attempt is courageous, even if the result is wildly uneven.

Full Review… | September 5, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

What makes the movie work is that the premise, which sounds like a comedy, is treated with the seriousness of life and death.

Full Review… | July 13, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Toback offers a complex, borderline campy, and oddly entertaining study of modern moral dilemmas.

Full Review… | July 11, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A crisply made movie that is no more than mildly amusing.

Full Review… | July 9, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A characteristically engorged and sloppy coming-of-age movie.

Full Review… | July 2, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Harvard Man

Not all that good. I liked the actors but the characters were not likable and I ended up not caring what happened more and more as I watched it.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

SMG fans will be dissapointed with this. A very odd film each which a student gets mixed up in trying to throw a basketball game in which to make money for himself and his mobster daughter, girlfriend.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

Lots of sex, deception and an adventurous storyline. Even if you don't like the plot, which involves a manipulative FBI investigation and a points-shaving scam, you'd enjoy the hilarious 'acid trip' scenes.
Grenier, Adams and Stoltz are very convincing, yet there are a few pretentious actors who barely achieve a decent portrayal (Gayheart, Gellar, etc).
Great direction, especially surrounding the schizophrenic acts where Alan's (Grenier) mind is galloping on a triple-heavy dose of LSD.
Take my advice: Stay away from acid.

Kevin M

Super Reviewer

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