Wonder Boys (2000)

Director
Curtis Hanson

Main cast
Michael Douglas; Tobey Maguire; Frances McDormand; Katie Holmes; Rip Torn

Genres
Comedy, Drama

Description
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.


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