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Drama | Mystery
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97 min
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6.8 / 10 
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Directors: Woody Allen [Director] ,

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A new philosophy professor arrives on a small town campus near Newport, Rhode Island. His name, Abe Lucas. His reputation : bad. Abe is said to be a womanizer and an alcoholic. But what people do not know is that he is a disillusioned idealist. Since he has become aware of his inability to change the world, he has indeed been living in a state of deep nihilism and arrogant desperation. In class, he only goes through the motions and outside he drinks too much. But as far as sex is concerned, he is just a shadow of himself now: depression is not synonymous with Viagra! For all that, he can't help being attracted to one of his students, pretty and bright Jill Pollard. He enters into a relationship with her which remains platonic, even if Jill would not say no to more. The situation remains unchanged for a while until, one day, in a diner, Abe and Jill surprise a conversation that will change the course of their lives dramatically...


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I love the creative and courageous Woody Allen. Parker Posey should be given a writing credit for any Woody Allen scene she appears in. Emma Stone; you're either on board or you're not. Joaquin Phoenix is pitch perfect in every frame.

Was totally mesmerized watching Jill/Emma fall in love with Abe/Joaquin as he falls in love with his love of life. I think she should get an Oscar nomination for the steady control of emotion as the beautifully paced plot unfolds. Something Katherine Hepburn-ish in the way she sustains Jill's inner world so effortlessly across such complex psychological territory.

I watched this alone in the dark and was 'there'; I suspect it had a lot to do with why I judged it 'perfect' when it ended. I can't imagine what my reaction would have been had I seen it with a crowd whose judgments and reactions would have colored my experience.

It is hilarious and annoying for me to read some of these other more critical reviews. I'm sure Mozart had his critics too. Reviews are not creative works.

One reviewer said this was more of a Phoenix than a Woody movie and for me it was really a tragic love story that leaned heavily on both stars. And yet I was always anticipating when Posey would return to the screen. All of the supporting actors were terrific.

I remember seeing Local Hero with Burt Lancaster; I had a pleasant movie afterglow for days and weeks afterwards. I think Irrational Man will be someone I remember for a very long time.

Woody Allen's take on "Crime & Punishment" is punishment to watch

It's only natural that a man of Woody Allen's years would be concerned with questions about the meaning, or lack thereof, of life. It's also understandable that he would try to find new inspiration in a masterpiece like Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment". Lots of writers, myself included, have emulated it, copied it, or downright stolen from it. But few have done such a lousy job as Allen in "Irrational Man", his latest film and one of his worst.

For the uninitiated, "Crime and Punishment" is the story of a man who murders a crooked shopkeeper to prove that he can serve humanity while flouting society's notions of right and wrong. "Irrational Man" follows that theme with the story of Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix), a depressed, alcoholic philosophy professor who decides to murder a corrupt judge in order to serve the "higher moral good". Once the deed is done, Abe feels he has done the world a favor, and is reborn: he feels alive for the first time in years, and finds love again with an adoring student (Emma Stone) and a married colleague (Parker Posey). His newfound happiness is threatened, however, when an innocent person is arrested for his crime, and his lovers discover what he has done.

Watching this movie is like being cornered at a party by a philosophy major who drones on for hours about the great European thinkers. It believes it is blowing your mind, but it is in fact ruining your night.

Allen seems to have forgotten how to create real, human characters, relying instead on clichés: the burnout professor, the fresh-faced ingenue, the discontent housewife. We never really know them, and we don't particularly want to.

I'm getting pretty tired of Woody Allen movies about wealthy white people going through existential crises. Every single person on screen is as rich and white as a cheesecake, and can't shut up about what a burden it is. (Really, what says "white privilege" more than "philosophy major"?) I don't know about you, but I have better things to do with my time and money than watching a bunch of trust fund babies regurgitate Heidegger while frowning.

The cast is badly misused. Phoenix is given little to do but mope, while Stone - in her second bad Allen film after "Magic in the Moonlight" - has such a paper-thin character and such terrible dialogue that she can't help but come off as rehearsed and mechanical. Posey's considerable comic gifts are squandered in a role that requires her only to look bored and misty-eyed.

The Woody Allen who makes us laugh and gives us something to talk about on the ride home - the Woody Allen of "Annie Hall", "Manhattan" and "Deconstructing Harry" - is nowhere in evidence here. Instead, we get the Woody Allen of "Shadows and Fog", "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger" and "Melinda and Melinda": a smug, self-indulgent blowhard who expects us to be dazzled by whatever comes out of his mouth.

No one expects him to be Dostoevsky, but we do expect him to be Woody Allen - to make funny, smart, interesting movies about funny, smart, interesting people. With "Irrational Man", he succeeds only in being an irritating bore who ruins the party.

Rational Irrational Man

Basically, I'll watch any film that Woody Allen makes. That said, it doesn't mean I think all of his films are top rank. His best films blend comedy, psychology, and philosophy with a good storyline. His worse fall short in one of these areas. When I first started watching the film, I thought it had all the potential of some of his better films. A charismatic, somewhat famous, professor comes to a small college. His questionable reputation intrigues and titillates students and colleagues alike. The professor (Joaquin Phoenix )is in the throes of mid-life angst and burdened by the expectations others have of him. In an attempt to recharge his life, he heads down some questionable trails.

The psychological aspects of the plot evaporate into a crime drama. For a moment, the professor becomes a Raskolnikov-like character and I began to think the psychological aspect may once again come to the fore and make this an interesting movie. Instead, this potential plot twist is brushed aside and, sadly, the rest is more or less predictable.

The acting is good enough, though the romantic relationships among the characters are shallow and not well-developed, making them somewhat difficult to believe.

Woody Allen fans may find the film interesting enough, but don't expect another Midnight in Paris or a crime story as good as Manhattan Murder Mystery. If Irrational Man was more in keeping with its title, it would have been less predictable and more interesting.
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