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    Unique ID Code: 0000015029
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 10/3/2001 07:26
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    Wonder Boys (US)

    8 / 10
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    Undependable. Unpredictable. Unforgettable
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 112 mins
    Retail Price: $29.99
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    An unfinished novel, a stolen car, a murdered pet and a failing marriage are just a few of the crises piling up like a logjam in this often hilarious story of bright promise gone awry.

    During a single hectic weekend, college professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) scrambles to gather together a life that has suddenly reeled out of control. Along for the ride are his gifted but troubled student (Tobey Maguire, Cider House Rules), his eccentric editor (Robert Downey, Jr.), the married chancellor of his university (Frances McDormand, Fargo) who is pregnant with his child and his sultry student boarder (Katie Holmes, Dawson`s Creek).

    Directed by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential), this darkly comedic odyssey of self-discovery was hailed by Roger Ebert as "one of the best movies of the year."

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Exclusive Cast & Crew Interviews
    Pittsburgh Interactive Location Map With Commentary By Curtis Hanson
    Songs Of Wonder Boys With Commentary By Curtis Hanson
    "Things Have Changed" Bob Dylan Music Video
    Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.0 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Curtis Hanson

    Written By:

    Richard Knox
    Rip Torn
    Katie Holmes
    Robert Downey Jr.
    Frances McDormand
    Tobey Maguire
    Michael Douglas

    Casting By:
    Mali Finn

    Soundtrack By:
    Christopher Young
    Bob Dylan

    Director of Photography:
    Dante Spinotti

    Dede Allen

    Costume Designer:
    Beatrix Aruna Pasztor

    Production Designer:
    Jeannine Claudia Oppewall

    Scott Rudin
    Curtis Hanson
    Lisa Grundy

    Executive Producer:
    Adam Schroeder
    Ned Dowd

    Paramount Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    A big and major disappointment would best fit to describe this movie. What a lame (yet occasionally funny) movie this turned out to be. The plot is simply non-existent and even the fine cast cannot excel due to the lack of plot.
    The video transfer is good. There are no compression signs at all and the picture is very nice and detailed, especially during the soft snow scenes (and there are several of those).
    The DD 5.0 soundtrack (yeah, no sub) is satisfying. While there are hardly any effects in the movie, the surrounds are adequately used to enhance the atmosphere.
    The menus are animated with music.
    The extras include some behind the scenes footage, an interactive map of Pittsburgh and a music video. Nothing thrilling here.
    Bottom line - a total waste of time. Not really worth watching.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 11/3/2001 18:38
    7 / 10
    I nicked this off a friend of mine, so I didnt look at any of the extras really. Oh well.

    Content:- I was kinda tired when I first watched this, so I didnt follow the story initially. It all came together later on though and I actually really enjoyed it. The performance from Douglas was really good, as were all the other ones. Basically this film revolved around the characters, so it worked quite well on that level as they were all played really well. Aye.

    Video:- Pretty decent really. No complaints from me. I cant really ask for much more, but then again I dont ever ask for anything.

    Audio:- Clear and understandable. No problems really. This was a dialogue film, so I dont imagine the DD5.0 soundtrack will be up to much, but then again it wont really matter. It worked fine. Aye.

    Features:- From what I saw on the box it looked like it had a reasonable assortment, but I never actually saw any of them. Marks for effort I guess. Yup.

    Overall:- I enjoyed this film more than I thought I would, which is good. Yep.
    posted by Blazingmonga on 24/3/2001 23:26
    9 / 10
    I havent heard too many people rave about this movie but it is sheer brilliance. Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire are absolutley magnificent. The story revolves around the life of a writer who teaches writing classes at the local university. This film has no explosions or aliens or anything like that but watching it will leave you with a feeling of satisfaction.

    This is a character based movie. You will love the characters and the acting which seems so real. One of my favourite bits is when they are in the bar and out of nowhere they come up with Vernon Hardapple. Katie Holmes, Robert Downey Jnr and Frances Mcdormand all have great supporting roles which are well acted but Michael and Toby steal the show.

    The picture is a superb widescreen anamorphic transfer that is very well detailed although this movie is not about visual effects. The sound also is a good DD 5.0. The disc is a bit lacking in extras. The extras on it are quite good but there should be more.

    Overall a super movie that is a must own. It may take more than one viewing but you will like it. The movie is at times hilarious yet it does not lose any of its seriousness from this.
    posted by dicanio on 21/1/2003 17:47