Curtis Hanson directs this screen adaptation based upon Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon’s novel of
the same name. He has the considerable support of superb actors, although his film was met by mixed
I found it to be a particularly interesting movie. I’m sure I am considerable influence of the remarkable
cast, which includes Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire in the leads with excellent support by such shining lights
as Frances McDormand and Robert Downey, Jr.
The plot centers around the character portrayed by Douglas as a writer’s block infected author of a crticially
acclaimed first novel. The major relationship is the mentoring role of Douglas with Tobey Maguire.
While it is not, truly gay themed, it makes it way onto this website due to a sub-sub-plot which features a sexual
affair between the characters of Maguire and Downey. That in itself would have been worth the price of
admission, although I got far more than my money’s worth since I watched the DVD version.
The has been author’s character seems entirely too familiar. It seems all mentors in Hollywood are gruff,
self-centered but ultimately big hearted. I’ll forgive that, in part because Douglas pulls it off far better
than most, and because seeing Downey and Maguire, shirts off, snuggling in bed distracted me from any of the film’s
Genre: Drama…with a touch of underplayed gay sub-plot