Wonder Boys (2000)

“Summer of Film #29 of 100”:http://www.devanshanu.com/things/2005/06/12/2005-summer-of-film/
Wonder Boys is a screenplay written to convince the writer that being a writer is actually a very cool thing. And while this is noble enough- the mistake it makes is in what it defines as coolness. I can the writer’s thought process now…

He wants to believe that being a writer in and of itself is not enough; the coolness of the lifestyle comes from late-night highs, followed by jaunts around the campus with brilliant juvenile students (Tobey Maguire) and gay literary agents (Robert Downey Jr.) that end up with a dead dog in a car trunk and Marilyn Monroe’s jacket (Marily Monroe’s Jacket) gone missing.

Hey, wait a second- that sounds like a great idea for a book? Why don’t I write about a writer who leads a cool life but can’t write to save his life. Let’s call it writer’s block. It seems like a good euphamism for my inability to write this screenplay. My character, the writer, has a cool life. Filled with brilliant juveniles and a young girl who rented the room upstairs.

And so the cycle goes in the writer’s mind when they write about writers. Writers with writer’s block obviously think of writing about writers with writer’s block. It’s what comes naturally- they write what they know. If only their life was as cool as their character’s. With all the darn cool things happening to them they couldn’t help but come out of the block.

As you can see, I didn’t enjoy the movie.


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