Solitary Man

Synopsis: Ben Kalman is aging: he has heart problems, his marriage is over, he's lost a fortune after being caught cutting corners in his East Coast car business, and he's sleeping with as many women as possible - the younger the better. He's chosen his current girlfriend, Jordan, because her father can help him get a new auto dealership; she's asked him to escort her daughter, Allyson, 18, on a visit to a Boston college campus. He behaves badly, and there are consequences to his love life, his finances, and his relationship with his daughter and grandson. Is there anywhere he can turn?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Production: Anchor Bay Films
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min


There he is..

How're you doin', Chuck?

I cant decide if

you look better in

person or on those commercials.

Smoke and mirrors, doc.

What can I tell you?

Hey. I got a new dealership. Right

across the bridge.

I cannot keep them on the lot.

Nancy was there for

the grand opening, you know.

Its a tradition weve had

since, well, since, I guess she

was pregnant with Susan,

our, our second dealership.


She just shook so

many hands, you know,

after we cut the ribbon?


And she sold three cars herself.

And she asked me for

a commission, right?

I mean, I thought she was

joking. She was serious.

So, I paid her. And

you know what she did?

She went out and she

bought me three suits.

Said I should look like a

businessman, not a car dealer.

Well, some things

you cant change.

Which reminds me.

That lease comes up on your

wheelbarrow, you call me.

Im gonna give you a

ride make you look like

a Madison Avenue doctor, okay?

We have to do this.

Lay it on me,

Chuck. Lets go.


Okay. Ill see you in

a year, chuck, huh? Better yet,

why dont we get a round of eighteen

in before the summer?

Uh, before that, I think. I,

I dont love your EKG.

You dont love it?

Theres an irregularity.

Could be serious so we,

we need a better look.

Uh, Im gonna set you up

for this, uh, diagnostic

sixty-four slice. A new

kind of, uh, CAT Scan.

Itll give us a peek of whats

really going on in there.

There he is. Dad!

Hey, Grandpa!




Dont call me that.


Dont call me Dad.

And you, you dont

call me Grandpa. Not now.

What can I call you?

You, you can call me Dad.


Thats what I call my Dad.

Well, then, I dont know.

Call me Captain Ben.

Wheres this one?

Do, dont look, dont look. Youll

screw things up.

The Miami blonde?

Yeah, she was checking

me out on my way in.

Hey, give me a hug. Maybe

she'll think were married.

Yuck. Dad!

I told you.

Dont call me that.

Oh, yeah. Shes gonna

be really happy to see me.

My favorite

grandson. Hi, sweetie.


And, you, I cant believe

you have the time for us.

What happened to all the

divorcees on the eastside?

That's not fair, Nance.

No, thats true. I

left out the widows.

Why is it still so

good to see him?

Why is it still so

good to see you?

Because you're not

married to me anymore.

Thats why. Why dont

you sit down. Join us?

Uh, maybe I can stay

for a couple of minutes.

Benny, youre too old for her.

I dont know what

you're talking about.

Oh, deny, deny, deny,

all the time, deny.

How are you, folks?

Great, thank you.

May I take your order?

Yeah. Uh, yeah, Ill have

a, uh, cheeseburger.

Have the turkey burger.

A cheeseburger.

Well, its just a matter of time

before I get that phone call.

Youve been waiting for that

phone call for thirty years.

All right. Ill have the chicken

paillard with a little salad.

Very good.

Uh, tuna

on toast, please.


Young man?

Uh, grilled cheese, please.

Grilled cheese??

Be right back, folks.

Oh, dad, Im gonna take

Scotty to the natural history

museum this weekend. Gary

has to work. You wanna come?

I cant.

Oooh. Why not?

Im sorry, Scotty.

Oh, youre gonna love this one.


Im going up to our old

alma mater this weekend.

No. Oh, my gosh. What,

did they finally, uh,

convince you to see

the Kalmen Library?

No. Jordan and I are

taking her daughter

up for her college interview.

Doesnt she have her own father?

Well, apparently

hes got a life.

Why cant she take

the kid herself?

Because of my

relationship with the dean.

Oh, do you even like

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Brian Koppelman

Brian William Koppelman (born April 27, 1966) is an American filmmaker, essayist, podcaster, TV series creator, former music business executive and record producer. Koppelman is the co-writer of Ocean's Thirteen and Rounders, the producer for films including The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones, the director for films including Solitary Man and the documentary This Is What They Want for ESPN as part of their 30 for 30 series, and the co-creator, showrunner, and executive producer of Showtime's Billions. more…

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