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Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 13 February 2015 (USA)
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An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.

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Marc Lawrence

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Keith Michaels
Whit Baldwin Whit Baldwin ... Doug
Vanessa Wasche Vanessa Wasche ... Rona
Enid Graham ... Trina
Shannon Marie Sullivan ... Sue (as Shannon Sullivan)
Jason Antoon ... Greg Nathan
Jenny Neale Jenny Neale ... Jenny Glick
Caroline Aaron ... Ellen
Billy Griffith ... TSA Agent
Kevin Michael Kennedy ... TSA Officer Kevin (as Kevin Kennedy)
Ali Merhi Ali Merhi ... TSA Agent Ali
Bella Heathcote ... Karen Gabney
Lily Wen ... Judy
Olivia Luccardi ... Chloe
Chris Elliott ... Jim Harper
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Storyline

Keith Michaels, an academy award winner for his screenplay for the movie "Paradise Misplaced", now faces the challenge of being rejected in Hollywood. To get a breakthrough he is forced to take the job he most hates, teaching. The assignment is at a college is far from his comforts and could possibly take him to a new life. Written by Thejus Joseph Jose

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A comedy about getting on the same page.

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Release Date:

13 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Reluctant Professor See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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$4,453,524
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Portions of the film were shot in and around Binghamton, NY and the nearby Binghamton University. This is because director Marc Lawrence is a graduate of the university, and has expressed a great love for the school and his experience there. Portions of the film were actually based on his own experience going there. See more »

Goofs

Professor Watson lists Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Woolf as leading 19th century English women authors. Although Virginia Woolf was born in 1882, her writings are considered 20th century writings and not 19th century. See more »

Quotes

Andrea Stein-Rosen: I don't think I go that deep. That's what everybody keeps telling me, anyways
Keith Michaels: Well, let's prove everybody wrong.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits several additional scenes are shown, including Sara crying while watching the end of "Dirty Dancing" on her computer in a library cubicle and Holly dancing with her daughters in the dance studio. See more »

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Features The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Flute Concerto No. 3 in D, 2. Cantabile
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
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Excellent Cast in This Witty & Humorous Indie
7 April 2015 | by larrys3See all my reviews

OK-so it's rather predictable and gets off to a slow start, but I found this indie as it progressed, enhanced by an excellent cast, won me over with its' wit and humor. It reminded me somewhat of the movie "Liberal Arts", from filmmaker Josh Radnor, which I also like quited a lot.

Hugh Grant is in fine form here, portraying Keith Michaels. a once highly successful screenwriter, but whose career is now flagging badly. Out of desperation, he accepts a position, set up by his agent (Caroline Aaron), which will have him teach a screen writing course at Binghampton University, in upstate New York.

Grant plays the fast-talking and glib cynic as well as anyone, and when he arrives in Binghampton, he undergoes the culture shock of feeling he's in the "sticks", and firmly believes all teachers are "losers" and that writing can't be taught anyway. Of course over time, he will see he can really help and care about his students, and will learn some important lessons for himself as well.

He gets exceptional support here from such screen notables as Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney, and Chris Elliott. All of the students add much to the movie as well, with Bella Heathcote leading the way and getting the most screen time.

Overall, this film, ably written and directed by Marc Lawrence, was a pleasant surprise, and I found it quite funny and enjoyable. Even the outtakes, as the credits are rolling, were very humorous.


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