Wonder Boys (2000): A Comedy Full of Wit and Wonder

WonderBoysWONDER BOYS (2000) is a brilliant, witty, fun movie based on Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys: A Novel with an ensemble of excellent actors who each bring memorable performances to their offbeat and all-too-human characters. Hijinks slowly accumulate into profound postmodern absurdity. One marvels at the synchronicity of the casting that finds (the future) Iron Man attempting to seduce (the future) Spider Man. Also look for familiar faces from: Fargo, Firefly, Men in Black, and The Waltons television series. Semiotic mischief abounds. Michael Douglas’s eccentric stoner, Professor Grady “Tripp,” is an academic Ulysses navigating through much of the film in a vintage 1966 maroon Ford Galaxy 500 automobile that his calculating young protégé observes has a trunk that “holds a tuba, a suitcase, a dead dog, and a garment bag almost perfectly.” Mix in drugs, an unregistered firearm, a transvestite, some vintage cultural Americana, a bedraggled pink bathrobe, and a soundtrack featuring Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen and a movie just doesn’t get much more delicious than this.

5 out of 5 stars.