Irrational Man

Irrational Man

DVD - 2016
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Philosophy professor Abe Lucas is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do from political activism to teaching hasn't made any difference. Abe gets involved with two women: Rita Richards, a lonely professor who is unhappy in her marriage; and Jill Pollard, his best student, who becomes his closest friend. Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger's conversation and when Abe makes a profound choice, he is able to embrace life to the fullest again.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE IRR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Alternative Title: Irrational man (Motion picture)

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lakeland53
Aug 08, 2019

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.

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biffblack
Aug 05, 2018

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.

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ninanna
Jul 13, 2018

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.

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firefly5
Jan 23, 2018

Terribly boring, could not watch this.

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Spirit_of_Che
Nov 10, 2017

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.

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swyckl
Aug 02, 2017

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.

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JeanieG
May 06, 2017

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.

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gingin1972
May 02, 2017

Not very good movie, Kind of boring!!

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Nooksack20
Apr 20, 2017

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.

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Maoisdead
Feb 16, 2017

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.

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