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: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (95 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
Alternative Title: Irrational man (Motion picture)

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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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JOSEPH SARDO
Nov 25, 2016

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

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ninanna
Sep 30, 2016

71 copies?!

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Ba_kuPlanet
Sep 14, 2016

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".

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Nursebob
Sep 02, 2016

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.

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