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Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire do wonders in this clever dark comedy. Read critic reviews

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Grady (Michael Douglas) is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award winning "Great American Novel" 7 years ago. This weekend proves even worse than he could imagine as he finds himself reeling from one misadventure to another in the company of a new wonder boy author.

Cast & Crew

Robert Downey Jr.
Terry Crabtree
Katie Holmes
Hannah Green
Richard Thomas
Walter Gaskell
Philip Bosco
Emily's Father
Richard Knox
Vernon Hardapple
Michael Cavaias
Miss Antonia 'Tony' Sloviak
Steve Kloves
Screenwriter
Ned Dowd
Executive Producer
Lisa Grundy
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Adam Schroeder
Executive Producer
Christopher Young
Original Music
Dante Spinotti
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Dede Allen
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Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
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Michael Bigger
Key Makeup Artist
Jay Hart
Set Decoration
Allen Weisinger
Makeup Artist
Zane Weiner
Unit Production Manager
Doug Metzger
First Assistant Director
Dennis Drummond
Supervising Sound Editor
Kirk Francis
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Critic Reviews for Wonder Boys

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  • This grand mess of a movie has many pleasures.

    December 29, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Michael Douglas gives the best perfromance of his career (to be remembered at Oscar time) in this screwball comedy about a college professor who's pushed into maturity by forces beyond his control; a well-acted coming-of-age saga for adults.

    April 5, 2007 | Rating: A-
  • Wonder Boys digresses so entertainingly, you forget how quickly Grady got into the mess he's in, and can't imagine where we might be headed.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • With so much to say, Hanson's movie is too frenetic.

    December 2, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Get going, you laggards.

    May 11, 2001 | Rating: 4/5
  • The overall effect is like opening a present on Christmas morning.

    May 2, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wonder Boys

  • Dec 29, 2015
    A superb performance from Michael Douglas. Exceedingly enjoyable and well acted. Not sure why I had not seen this until now.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2013
    It's a wonder that so many people enjoyed this film. I found it to be a hodgepodge of rubbish all wrapped up with a silly little soundtrack and grand claims that Douglas had given the performance of a lifestyle. Rubbish!
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2012
    I'm not really sure how I felt about this picture. Michael Douglas plays this teacher/writer who is trying to fix his personal problems while finding a way to get his novel published. The Douglas character befriends a young student who is a gifted writer named James Leer played by Tobey McGuire but he is seen as rather dark, lifeless, and an enigma. The film also shows a lot about the campus lifestyle and well to be honest I never went to a university or went to any prestigious seminars, so it was all very alienating to me and overall the film didn't really touched me as I thought it would. The best performance imo goes to Michael Douglas as the teacher/writer Prof. Grady Tripp who is seen as someone going through a crisis in his life, who hasn't gotten out of the hippie life and enjoys blazing a joint or two. Tripp's salvation is his upcoming novel and his mistress (later on woman to be) Sara Gaskell played by Frances McDormand.
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  • May 02, 2011
    It's perfectly fine. I don't really buy anybody's character though. Michael Douglas, a depressive writer? Tobey Maguire, a psychopath? Katie Holmes, a writing ingenue? No, no, and no.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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