as part of Late Night @ the Starlight
This darkly funny comedy from director Curtis Hanson hits the Starlight screen. A professor (Michael Douglas), suffering from writer's block, tries to deal with the pressures of his complex love life and his troubled students' assorted problems. Despite the encouragement of one of his admiring female pupils (Katie Holmes), the professor is obsessed with his current work. He finds release in his friendship with a lonely but gifted student (Toby Maguire), but the news of his lover's pregnancy further complicates his already difficult life. Also starring a wonderful Robert Downey Jr.
"4/4 stars! This is a funny and touching story that contains dead dogs, Monroe memorabilia, a stolen car, sex, adultery, pregnancy, guns, dope and cops, but it is not about any of those things. It is about people and especially about trying to be a good teacher." - Roger Ebert