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Actually two and 1/2 stars may be overrated. The plot was not clear until at least halfway through. However, the closer to the end, the more interesting it got. It was a believable example of a disturbed person's thought processes going seriously wrong. More unsettling was the chilling realization how easy it is for others to miss the signs until it's too late.
Joaquin Phoenix, a philosophy professor, says early on in the film, while he is teaching his students, that philosophy, in its purest form, is bullshit.
His life is not working for him & he has lost all joie de vivre. He makes a new decision during his short teaching stint at a university. Very interestingly, he thinks he can get away with his actions. Enjoyed the film, but it seems Abe Lucas, (Phoenix), is out of touch with reality.
I love Woody, and I continue to believe in him and support his work in spite of the constant stream of lies voiced against his character by the horrid Dylan Farrow. Be that as it may, Irrational Man is Woody's all-time worst film, worse even than Tall Dark Stranger and Jade Scorpion. There is literally NOTHING going on here at all. Phoenix is terrible in the lead.
An artificial movie, for sure, but the people who negatively commented on it (bad script, no plot, boring, etc.), really didn't see its main point. Allen intended to explore an antithesis to Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" and its main idea by creating the antithetical main character. I think he did it quite successfully.
Just another Woody Allen waste of time. The man has made some good movies, but this isn't one of them.
Nice music, nice scenery, even a couple of lesser characters are interesting, but the plot and dialog are just the same philosophical mental masturbatory BS that seems to consume Allen.
I tried skipping ahead from some of the dreary scenes but in the end, it was hopeless.
Recommended only for those who can see no faults in Allen's movies.
I liked this DVD. It has a sad ending. The script is strong. It is well acted. It is not good for all ages. Sexual scenes are not subtle enough for a younger audience. There is some violence.
This was just a plain ol' movie that was fun and easy to watch with a bit of a twist. Nothing great but certainly creative. The acting was good and the storyline a little silly but OK.
Typical light-weight Woody Allen fare. Despite good acting (for the most part) it comes across as shallow and mediocre. Hope they didn't spend much making it.
Pretty mediocre affair all around from Woody Allen- the plot is incredible lame, and the characters are cardboard thin. Waste of time even for hardcore Woody-ites.
Enjoyed the existential-philosophical flavour with Phoenix playing a compelling character. It was a wild ride of a movie, and Emma Stone was also good in it. Found the closing sequence pretty lame though in some odd Shakespearean attempt, which to me was pretty much the only glitch in a really good movie
Ended up ffwd'ing through this just to get through the story. Woody's style of telling twisted drama stories like a Sunday stroll in the park.
Boring, ridiculous unbelievable plot involving pretentious, immature, and shallow characters, I generally like Woody Allen movies and appreciate philosophy. However, the movie made me laugh in unexpected places during the many moments I just couldn't care or believe any of the cliche dialogue or actions were even remotely possible. This film felt false and out of touch. Joaquin Phoenix physically captured a depressed delusional rude alcoholic with his bloated stomach. Emma Stone played perky Emma Stone (yawn). I felt like I was watching an acting class in session, but the "before" version - before the acting teacher corrected everything. Dialogue trite and annoying, but maybe that's because I found the characters trite and annoying. This Woody Allen film a failure, especially the ending. Waste of my time. Much better Woody Allen movies are "Match Point" and "Midnight in Paris". It's hard to give this movie even "1/2 star".
Starting out as a somewhat pretentious boarding school drama with beautiful people in designer clothes hashing out Kierkegaard and Kant, writer/director Woody Allen gently pulls the rug out from under us as Lucas’ disillusionment with the “mental masturbation” of philosophy is suddenly put to an acid test. It’s one thing to ponder over dusty tomes, but trying to apply those lofty proclamations on morality, ethics, and reasoning to the dirty, always ambiguous real world can be problematic at best. Above par performances (Parker Posey excels as a sexually frustrated lab prof with her sights on Lucas) are graced by an intelligent script whose macabre sense of irony is underscored by an incongruous soundtrack of jazzy piano riffs. It all comes to a head with a tussle worthy of Hitchcock in which Allen, with tongue just slightly in cheek, plays with the concept of randomness vs destiny and leaves us wondering, “What are the chances…?!” Sly little devil.
Incredible, intelligent, brilliant Movie. You'll probably like it IF you generally like Woody Allen films, or are atheistic, or you're a student of philosophy, or relate to the characters. Not for kids, mainstreamers, religious nuts, or the uneducated.
Yeesh old alcoholic gets it on with young student and uses faulty logic to justify his actions. Annoying yawn fest. Even the talents of Posie Parker couldn't save this.
This movie starts out slowly but becomes suspenseful as it goes on. So give it a chance. The theme is: Is an immoral act justified by bringing about a greater good?
I don't know ... there was just something about this movie that didn't seem right. I mean - how can you not like an Emma Stone movie? But for some reason, I had a great indifference about whether or not I finished watching.
Another cool Woody Allen movie! Great cast, engaging story & satisfying conclusion.
As with almost any movie, you have to accept a preposterous premise, then enjoy. Preposterous that this professor would get hired in the first place. However after you accept that, it's a fun weird ride in typical Woody Allen fashion.
This didn't do it for me. If you want to see a similar type of movie by Woody Allen see "Match Point". That movie was really well done compared to "Irrational Man".
"Match Point" is a movie that I could watch again while I could barely make it through this movie without dozing off.
This movie is a real gem. I enjoyed the story and everything else from beginning to end. Woody Allen is in top shape.
Starts as very lighthearted movie about a self-loathing over thinker and then turns really dark without actually becoming dark. Interesting storyline