All IS A BLUR. . .
reads from a sheaf of NEATLY-TYPED PAGES.
Grady--45-year-old novelist, professor, and insomniac--is
grow faint, then disappear altogether.'
WELCOME TO WORDFEST
GRADY turns, peers at his students. They look as if
they've been on a field trip to the DMV.
(a wave of the pages)
sitting at a desk in the back of the classroom. He is JAMES
Let me get this straight. The girl with the
big lips is depressed because, each night, when
her father goes off to work at the bakery, her
house. Not only does this girl have to listen
room, she has to wash the sheets each morning
takes her to confession--only, once she gets in
realizes he's the mother's secret lover. Is
OVERCOAT he wears.
I mean, Jesus. What is it with you Catholics?
All right. Let's try to keep it constructive,
shall we? Howard, what about you?
I hated it.
him. His stories are brutal, man. They make me
want to kill myself.
he doesn't take us by the hand. He treats us
GRADY nods, smiles subtly. Appreciative.
Well put, Hannah. And a good note to end on, I
(as the students rise)
Thanks for that. He all right?
Me? Sure. Why?
BOOTS, then starts to exit himself.
Turn out the light, please.
of the classroom, then--reluctantly-hits the switch on the
2INT. STAIRWELL/CORRIDOR - AFTERNOON (MOMENTS LATER)
of SLICK PROGRAMS.
Wonder Boys (2000)
Synopsis: Grady (Michael Douglas) is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award winning "Great American Novel" 7 years ago. This weekend proves even worse than he could imagine as he finds himself reeling from one misadventure to another in the company of a new wonder boy author.