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  • Summary: Grady Tripp (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 seven years ago. It's hardly surprising, then that his college's annual literary festival fills the former wonder boy with more than hisGrady Tripp (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 seven years ago. It's hardly surprising, then that his college's annual literary festival fills the former wonder boy with more than his usual quota of self-doubt and anxiety. This festival weekend, however, proves even worse than he could have imagined as he finds himself reeling from one misadventure to another in the company of a new wonder boy, his most gifted writing student James Leer (Maguire). (Paramount Pictures) Expand
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  1. 100
    The most accurate movie about campus life that I can remember.
  2. A handsomely mounted, graceful production that is well-played across the board.
  3. The first more-than-halfway-decent movie of a new millennium.
  4. Except for moments of labored symbolism and a too cozy ending, the movie stays sharply focused on its well-chosen targets.
  5. Reviewed by: Sarah Raskin
    75
    See Wonder Boys for the acting, particularly McDormand and Maguire, but use the goofy moments to get popcorn refills.
  6. With so much going for it, how could the movie be such a dud?

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. TedB.
    Aug 27, 2001
    3
    Three points for the score. The few good moments in this film can't compensate for the stereotypical "writers" and "academics"---- Did Three points for the score. The few good moments in this film can't compensate for the stereotypical "writers" and "academics"---- Did nobody in Hollywood actually GO to college? Expand

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