Thursday, June 17, 2010
Ben Kalmen (Michael Douglas, "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past") is having a midlife crisis of sorts - at age 60. He is divorced from his wife, Nancy (Susan Sarandon, "The Lovely Bones"), and on thin ice with his daughter, Susan (Jenna Fischer, TV's "The Office"), as he often neglects his grandson. He doesn't have any real relationships in his life, which might explain the fact that he sleeps with the youngest women he can find, including the 18-year-old daughter of his soon-to-be-ex girlfriend, Jordan (Mary-Louise Parker, TV's "Weeds"). When he escorts Jordan's daughter back to his alma mater in Boston for her college interview, he finds himself thinking of the past more and more, and his actions become more and more "unlike him," as his daughter says.
I would say Maybe see this movie. The plot was interesting and the movie had a good supporting cast, including Danny DeVito as an old friend of Ben's, and Jesse Eisenberg ("Holy Rollers") as a college tour guide who becomes friends with Ben. However, since it was a "slice of life" movie, there were parts at which I was bored, and consistently checking my watch - although the movie clocks in at only an hour and a half, I felt like a lot of it went by rather slowly. I give this movie a "Maybe," though, because the acting was decent, and the plot had a definite beginning, middle, and end; I also really liked the ending.
"Solitary Man" opens in Detroit on June 25th, and is already in theaters in select cities.