is a 2000 film written by Steve Kloves
and directed by Curtis Hanson
. Based on the novel
by Michael Chabon
, it revolves around Pittsburgh college professor/novelist Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas
) who, over the course of a weekend, has to handle a troubled student (Tobey Maguire
), his unfinished novel (also called Wonder Boys
), his pregnant girlfriend (the chancellor of the college and his boss' wife), a purloined jacket and a dead dog.Wonder Boys
also stars Katie Holmes
, Robert Downey, Jr.
and Frances McDormand. It was nominated for three Academy Awards
and earned Bob Dylan
a Best Original Song Oscar for "Things Have Changed."
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