The first time I saw this preview, I thought it looked like another attempt for Michael Douglas to revive his (and I use this term loosely) acting career. Then I read reviews saying that this was the worst he's ever looked in a film, but the best he's ever done.So I decided to give it a whirl.
The previews for Wonder Boys doesn't let you on to entirely how funny this movie is. Probably because a lot of the things that are laughable are mostly of the "What the HELL?" kind. Don't get me wrong, though. I loved it. Wonder Boys actually made me like Michael Douglas again, a feat that hasn't been conquered since, oh, Jewel of the Nile.
Douglas stars as an ailing writer, Grady, and literary professor that is having an affair with the (married) chancellor, trying to finish up a book that has stretched to 2600+ pages and whose wife just left him the morning we start into the story. He also smokes weed vehemently and sports a pink, chenille robe that he believes helps him through the writing process.
It's hard to even get into the plot of this story without giving anything away, so I won't. Robert Downey, Jr. (best shape he's been in, acting-wise, in a long, long time) plays his book editor that really needs Grady to finish up this book so he won't be the laughing (and unemployed) stock of his company.
Everyone has something on the line in this movie and it all seems to revolve around Grady. There are some parts that took me by surprise and just made me keep giggling because they were completely out of left field, but the ending is pretty obvious from the start.Mid-life crisis, anyone? I give it an 'all thumbs up.'