Solitary Man


Solitary Man

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Built around a singularly unpleasant main character, Solitary Man needed a flawless central performance to succeed -- and Michael Douglas delivers.



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A once successful Manhattan mogul who owned a chain of car dealerships finds himself on the brink of a fantastic comeback. His marriage and businesses were lost to him through a series of indiscretions of romantic and financial natures. His new girlfriend has a father that is offering him a second lease on life, but the one catch is he has to take his girlfriend's daughter on a weekend college visit where he absolutely must behave himself or lose everything.


Michael Douglas
as Ben Kalmen
Susan Sarandon
as Nancy Kalmen
Danny DeVito
as Jimmy Marino
Mary-Louise Parker
as Jordan Karsch
Jenna Fischer
as Susan Porter
Imogen Poots
as Allyson Karsch
Jesse Eisenberg
as Daniel Cheston
Richard Schiff
as Steve Heller
David Costabile
as Gary Porter
Ben Shenkman
as Peter Hartofilias
Anastasia Griffith
as Carol Salomonde
James Colby
as Sgt. John Haverford
Bruce Altman
as Dr. Steinberg
Nick H. Toomey
as Bill Rallye
Adam Pally
as Irate Student
Lenny Venito
as Todd the Building Manager
Greg McFadden
as Maitre-D
Douglas McGrath
as Dean Edward Gitleson
Gillian Jacobs
as Tall Girl
Katherine Owens
as Allyson's Attractive Friend
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  • Mar 20, 2013
    Not as bad as some viewers have claimed, Solitary Man gives Michael Douglas material that he seems to have mastered lately - the aging man who seeks to continue to act like someone in his twenties and who rebels at any notion of acting his age.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2012
    It wasn't bad, but there was nothing about it that I enjoyed. It was mediocre and somewhat boring.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2011
    In Solitary Man, Michael Douglas once again plays the ultra smooth, shark of a man... a man's man type character that he took for a spin in Wall St. This guy has his own view of the world (a rather myopic one, to be sure), and therefore can look anyone in the eye and apologize for nothing. That his outlook causes a fall of Learian proportions... well, he's not going to apologize for that either! The film has a tight script and some fine performances, including Mary Louise Parker, Danny DiVito, and Susan Surandon (who has the Herculean task of playing a sympathetic ex wife who, in spite of numerous infidelities and the king's ransom that Douglas lost, still loves and admires her man). In the final scene of resolution, Surandon tries her best to be natural, but the lines she has to utter... well, it's almost like she's the straight man, allowing Douglas to riff, and therefore explain through a simple incident, his own brand of megalomania. There seems to be a certain admiration towards this man whose credo seems to be, take a chance and doors will open; to the point where DiVito, happily married for 30 years still living where he grew up, tells Douglas that he was not alone when he was put on the cover of Forbes Magazine (in other words, DiVito was practicing hero worship and living vicariously through Douglas' exploits). I really don't know if this is the message of this film, or if one was even intended, but it certainly entertains, so just sit back and watch Douglas in fine form - a flawed character that you have no business rooting for, and yet, due to Douglas' charisma, you end up rooting for in spite of yourself.
    paul s Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2011
    Douglas is one of the veteran actor I respect the most, and this movie is why.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer

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