the movie of Curtis Hanson with an impossibly melancholic music by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, John Lennon or Van Morrison, will take you back to the story anytime you hear those tunes, and hasn’t through the years lessen its grip on me.
The weekend in the life of a literature professor Grady Trip (Michael Douglas) that opens with a vulnerable and troubled James Leer (Tobey Maguire) reading his poetry to the sarcastic candour of Hannah Green’s (Katie Holmes) closing remarks, while professor Trip recalls mentally his thoughts on them both and especially her leather boots. It is a start like a rabbit hole, and you are down it by the time the starting tune attenuates to a halt.
From there a weekend full of unexpected characters develops in a colourful mess, yet full of humanity in all its moments. A chaos that holds only through the thin and smooth net of tenderness and compassion. And despite its catastrophic path, sums up to a positive net of goodness where all who were entangled in the story were touched in one or another way by a fairy of goodwill.