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Solitary Man


Once successful, now disgraced car salesman Ben Kalmen’s (Michael Douglas) marriage is over, the relationship with his daughter is troubled, and he probably has a heart condition… but that doesn’t stop him from chasing after college girls. This is truly a vehicle for Douglas whose character shares a few traits with not only other people he’s played onscreen but also the actor himself. He’s a treat, and it’s fun to watch him get together with his Romancing the Stone buddy Danny DeVito again. The script portrays a man who has no idea how to age with dignity and the results are amusing, awkward and insightful, though perhaps not blindingly original.

2010-U.S. 90 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced byĀ Steven Soderbergh, Donna Golomb, Heidi Jo Markel, Paul Schiff. Directed byĀ Brian Koppelman, David Levien. Screenplay: Brian Koppelman. Cast: Michael Douglas (Ben Kalmen), Susan Sarandon (Nancy Kalmen), Danny DeVito (Jimmy Merino), Mary-Louise Parker, Jenna Fischer, Jesse Eisenberg.

Last word: “IĀ had the idea and I started working on it, writing it, and I think from the moment that I started writing, I wrote in that needle drop of the Johnny Cash (song) ‘Solitary Man.’ When [Levien and I are] writing scripts that arenā€™t for us to direct, we do that much less. Because thatā€™s really a directorā€™s prerogative, what songs and what music and maybe weā€™ll indicate, but right from the beginning, it was that this story is personal, and we should direct it. When I showed the script to David, he immediately agreed. Right? It was never an issue of ‘I should go sell this,’ it was like ‘Letā€™s go make this movie.” (Koppelman, Coming Soon)



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