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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Solitary Man by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, 2009 (R)

with Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Mary-Louise Parker, Jenna Fischer, Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Richard Schiff, Jake Richard Siciliano, David Costabile, Anastasia Griffith, Arthur J. Nascarella

Michael Douglas stars as a former car dealership owner who sees his personal and professional lives take a nosedive when the repercussions of years of shady business dealings and chronic womanizing finally catch up with him. Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, Danny DeVito and Jenna Fischer co-star in this comedic drama written and co-directed by Brian Koppelman.

Incredible cast, which right away gives a plus. Then the plot has an interesting tone, it starts cynical, goes dramatic, an interesting journey leads the main character to meet or rediscover persons that leads him either to a deeper hole or give him lessons of life, that finally puts him to the ground. In the end, real people, how boring they look, remains real people, so he learns. That is why it is so important to have good actors every step of the way, each character has a role to play, and even small, they become relevant to the journey. It is not a lecturing movie, funnily. It is very human, I believe the magic operates because of Michael Douglas looking like he gets the main character. Also, it is very nuanced, smart, subtle, I really enjoyed.

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