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In this comedy, a middle-aged man juggles his problems with women, literature, and a career, while a younger man chases the artifact of his dreams. Pittsburgh college professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) is currently single following his divorce from his third wife; after publishing an acclaimed first novel, Grady has been working on a follow-up, but he's been sidelined by a severe case of writer's block. Grady has more than his writing career to think about; his affair with one of the (married) chancellors at the University of Pittsburgh (Frances McDormand), has resulted in her pregnancy, while Hannah (Katie Holmes), a student boarding at Grady's house, has developed a crush on him. While Grady is obsessed with his book, one of his students (Tobey Maguire) has an obsession of his own: finding a jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe. Based on the novel by Michael Chabon, The Wonder Boys also features Robert Downey Jr., Rip Torn, and Richard Thomas. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 22, 2000

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bob Dylan Best Original Song 2000 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bob Dylan Best Song 2000 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Frances McDormand Best Supporting Actress 2000 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Frances McDormand Best Supporting Actress 2000 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Michael Douglas Best Actor 2000 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Douglas Best Actor 2000 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Douglas Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2000 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Tobey Maguire Best Supporting Actor 2000 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dede Allen Best Editing 2000 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Steve Kloves Best Adapted Screenplay 2000 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Steve Kloves Best Adapted Screenplay 2000 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steve Kloves Best Screenplay 2000 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Steve Kloves Best Adapted Screenplay 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steve Kloves Best Adapted Screenplay 2000 Nominee

Cast

Michael Douglas
as Grady Tripp
Tobey Maguire
as James Leer
Frances McDormand
as Sara Gaskell
Robert Downey, Jr.
as Terry Crabtree
Katie Holmes
as Hannah Green
Richard Thomas
as Walter Gaskell
Rip Torn
as Q
Philip Bosco
as Hank Winters
Jane Adams
as Oola
Michael Cavadias
as Antonia Sloviak
Alan Tudyk
as Sam Traxler

Crew

Curtis Hanson
Director
Curtis Hanson
Producer
Scott Rudin
Producer
Steve Kloves
Screenwriter
Dante Spinotti
Cinematographer
Carol Fenelon
Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Young
Composer (Music Score)
Dede Allen
Editor
Jeannine Oppewall
Production Designer
Don Woodruff
Art Director
Lisa Grundy
Associate Producer
Ned Dowd
Executive Producer
Adam Schroeder
Executive Producer
Jay R. Hart
Set Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Costume Designer
Doug Metzger
First Assistant Director
Mali Finn
Casting
Michael Chabon
Short Story Author
David Giammarco
Sound Editor
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