Film Review: Solitary Man (Anchor Bay Films)

Film Review: Solitary Man (Anchor Bay Films)
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by Bill Dixon

Michael Douglas and Jesse Eisenberg star in Solitary Man out June 11th

Michael Douglas stars in Solitary Man, a Dramedy, or Comedra, or, dare I say, Comedramady, about a former high profile business man who’s life and career hit a sharp decline after a life altering visit to the doctor when he finds he may not be completely in control of the events that unfold in his life.  Ben Kalmen (Douglas) on the decline as he drinks, womanizes and burns bridges with friends and family. Mary-Louise Parker, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Jenna Fisher and Jesse Eisenberg co-star and provide adequate comedic support to what is ultimately a 90-minute Michael Douglas monologue.

DeVito’s character, old college pal Jimmy Merino is about the only one to get a word in edgewise between Douglas’ long winded diatribes about life, love, success and happiness.

Douglas is just so cool, on-point and funny, regardless of the monstrous things he does in this film, you can’t help but love him.  Solitary Man is a film you want to watch over and over again to perfect the classic lines for repeating. This is one of those films that will end up in a DVD arsenal that you unsheathe when you are trying to impress a friend with your gem collection. “Wait, you haven’t seen ?  Have a seat and let me show you some solid gold.”

Solitary Man is sharp, funny, and Douglas’ best work since Wonder Boys and should go down as some of the best work of his career. So watch, re-watch and condescend to your friends if they’ve never seen it. This is easily one of the best Comedramadies of the year.

Michael Douglas and Susan Sarandon star in Solitary Man in theaters June 11th

Official Solitary Man Website

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