Michael Douglas deserves serious award attention for his triumphant performance as the tormented Ben Kalmen, a fast-talking, moneymaking New York car dealer facing professional and personal disasters. His method of warding off aging, job scandal and a heart problem is to screw women, the younger the better. That includes Allyson (Imogen Poots), the college-age daughter of his mistress (Mary-Louise Parker). His own daughter (Jenna Fischer) has given up on him, as has his ex-wife, Nancy (Susan Sarandon). He fares better with student Daniel Cheston (Jesse Eisenberg), schooling him on the art of seduction until even the kid sees Ben's methods are outmoded. Yet when Ben hits bottom, working the counter at the diner of a friend (a terrific Danny DeVito), he can't quit lying to himself. The screenplay by Brian Koppelman, who co-directed with David Levien (Knockaround Guys), is a model of acid wit and elusive wisdom. The bumps in the narrative can be jarring, but Douglas never makes a false move, delivering a tour de force in human weakness.
- Solitary Man
- Michael Douglas
- Directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Around the Web
Cinema BlendThe 5 Greatest Comedies of All-Time According to Chris Rock
Bleacher ReportThe Worst Picks in NFL Draft History
Men's Journal12 Things Every Man Should Know About His Penis
Cracked28 Great Movie Moments Created By Ignoring The Script
Men's Journal10 Sexual Hygiene Tips for Better Sex
Cinema BlendTop 10 Grossest TV Moments
- How Legendary Tattoo Artist Jonathan Shaw Became the Next Bukowski
- George Clinton: Doctor Atomic
- Hear Alternate Version of Rolling Stones' 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking'
- 11 Things We Learned From Bruce Jenner's Coming Out Interview
- Tatiana Maslany on That Emmys Snub and Playing Nine Roles on 'Orphan Black'
- DaveWatch: Countdown to Letterman's Last 'Late Show,' Day 18
- Watch Jason Isbell Pay Tribute to Warren Zevon on 'Letterman'
- Gary Clark Jr. Previews 'Dope' New Album