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This focuses upon sexual harassment in academia. John is a burned out professor with a mid-life crisis. He thinks of leaving his family and the ivory tower. He is a conceited and self-deluded man. Carol is a failing student who comes to John's office for help. John decides to take the time to really help Carol, who doesn't seem to be able to understand anything. During their sessions, he comes to trust her and vents much of his pent-up frustration with teaching and his life. Suddenly Carol files a sexual harassment complaint against him. The board readily believes her and demands John apologize or lose his job. John hastily reconsiders his values and his life, and is willing to apologize for her mis-understanding of his intentions, but he will not acknowledge any of the accusations Carol made. Why should he? He is innocent.

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Critic Reviews for Oleanna

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Audience Reviews for Oleanna

  • Sep 28, 2011
    In 'Oleanna', a two-character drama, the beauty of the play and movie adaptation is that in it both of the characters are right and wrong. It's obviously stiff and stagey but the drama leaves no room for melodramatic scenes between the professor and his family. I haven't seen anyone top Macy and I had to study play extensively.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2008
    An interesting movie.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2007
    A compelling, elocuent, dialogue-driven, unpretentious, well made two characters drama. Mamet's prose really works.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2007
    Mamet's a misogynist.
    Valerie G Super Reviewer

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