Wonder Boys
Wonder Boys (2000)

Grady Tripp is a professor/writer living in Pittsburgh who is struggling with writer's block. Whilst doing this, he also manages to get the chancellor pregnant. In the meantime, he and a college student, James Leer are trying to find a… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 8, 2000
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire do wonders in this clever dark comedy.

Emanuel Levy

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.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

World-weary has never been funnier or more fascinating than in Kloves' hands.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This grand mess of a movie has many pleasures.

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Time Out

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.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's an often-wondrous comedy, just as rich and surprising as L.A. Confidential but considerably less dark.

Nick Rogers

Like a favorite novel, "Wonder Boys" gets more comfortably broken-in with each return, and Michael Douglas wears Grady Tripp's scruffiness as sharply as he does Gordon Gekko's natty clothes - addressing jealousy, panic and terror in creative complacency.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Get going, you laggards.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

I don't think I've ever seen another American comedy that mixed rue and slapstick and sentiment in quite this way.

Michael Dequina

One of those films where the term 'character study' is used to excuse the fact that there's nothing of real interest in the story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
As far as being a writer goes, I may personally just be a hack amateur wannabe, and, even though I plan on being a professor, I'm not there yet. Regardless… More
Ross Collins
I don't like movies about movies and this is the next worse thing. A self-indulgent writer's fantasy. Putting a pair of glasses on A-list stars and… More
Jennifer Xu
It's perfectly fine. I don't really buy anybody's character though. Michael Douglas, a depressive writer? Tobey Maguire, a psychopath? Katie… More
Conner Rainwater
This is a really fun story with a lot of great characters. While it can be a little pretentious at times, I feel like that wasn't the message of the movie… More
Steven Carrier
"Wonder Boys" is just a lot of fun. It's not really saying anything in the way of college professors, writers or students, but it certainly gets… More
Cast: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Rip Torn, Jane Adams, Richard Thomas, Alan Tudyk, Philip Bosco, George… More