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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Irrational Man (2016)

Even though there are a lot of people that I generally like in this movie, I did not like it.  That is the way it goes sometimes.
  Joaquin Phoenix plays yet another hard drinking, burnt out college professor (what is up with that?  The college professors that I know are largely very enthusiastic about what they do and highly engaged with their students!) who is the new philosophy professor at a small liberal arts college.  He gets involved in a friendship that merges into a relationship with a student (ok, again, not good).  They overhear a woman telling her sympathetic friends that a particular judge in her custody hearing is dirty, that he is in the pocket of influential people and that she is going to lose.  And here is where the story goes off the rails, because Joaquin Phoenix' character decides to kill the judge.  Maybe there are people that morally bankrupt, but really, I do not want to know much about them.  And really, I didn't learn anything for my trouble, which is regrettable.  If you have to see every Woody Allen movie then see this, but otherwise watch Midnight in Paris again.  A much better use of time.

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