It would then be included on Diamond's first album, , which he released in August 1966. Koppelman and Leviean have written for Steven Soderbergh, who co-produced; Leviean was the writer here, and his collaborating on the directing seems to have worked well for the coherence of this well-made film. We are made to, forced to, care about adeeply flawed character and given an explanation that just doesn't holdwater. His attempt to overcome doubts in high places and start a new car dealership is gradually shot down. Ben's now divorced from his wife Nancy Susan Sarandon and hisrelationship with his daughter Susan Jenna Fischer is strained. Recently, Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino and Hal Halbrook in That Evening Sun proved otherwise. Just a bit of a surprise.
Admittedly, Douglas does have a commanding presence and it is good to see him back, but as his character becomes less and less likable, Solitary Man goes off the rails. She was us watching Ben and hoping. His ability to love and behave badly simultaneously? Deep down however, it's apparent he's reaching for hisyouth. Obviously, there must have been some deep characterflaw in him all along, but we have no idea what it might have been. Played by The Office's Jenna Fischer in a performance that was a revelation, Susan doesn't hold any grudge about the divorce or dad's highly publicized fall. Ben, who cheated often on his wife Nancy Kalmen , accompanies Allyson , the 18-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, Jordan Karsch , to her college interview at a Boston college campus where Ben is an alumnus, having been a prominent donor during his more prosperous days.
Unfortunately, this willalso make it hard for some people to relate to the subject, unless theyhave contemplated those situations themselves. All of his powerful friends have abandoned him. Once Ben sleeps with Alllyson on that trip, bad things happen, very bad things. Overall this was a complex and touching feel good performance fromMichael Douglas. In Stargate Atlantis, the song was used twice during the same episode: the first time had the character listening to it on the radio as he drove with a montage going and the second was shortly before the credits when the man apparently died. He also makes friends with a sophomore, Daniel Cheston, whom he calls Cheston Eisenberg. Even Ben's current girlfriend Jordan Mary-Louise Parker knows he's far from perfect.
It has since been covered many times by such artists as , , , , , , , , , , , , , and. The film begins with Ben receiving some bad health news then it flashesahead six and one half years. And Douglas, once beloved for his rich, lecherous lizards in Fatal Attraction, Wall Street and Basic Instinct, takes a role that wants us to believe every hot 18-year-old still wants to hit that leathery ass. The movie opens before the scandal and 6 ½ years before the current day, with the always-cocky Ben think Tom Sanders in Disclosure going in for his annual physical. He carries his character in such away that we still care about him, even after his rather deviousactions. Played by The Office's Jenna Fischer in a performance that was a revelation, Susan doesn't hold any grudge about the divorce or dad's highly publicized fall.
He is behind in his rent; he borrows money from his serious daughter Susan Jenna Fischer. Co-writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien direct their first major movie after having penned films like Rounders, Runaway Jury, and Ocean's Thirteen all favorites of mine , and they do so with aplomb. Frustrated with Ben and her own mother, Allyson dismissively tells her mother about the sexual encounter. A great supporting cast brings everything home to us and we are helpless to do anything but hope Ben finally realizes what he is up against. The movie revolves entirely around Douglas' character. Even Ben's current girlfriend Jordan Mary-Louise Parker knows he's far from perfect.
Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Ben'sonly satisfaction is his romancing and dating of Jordan Mary-LouiseParker an elegant and sophisticated single mother who's attractive andsexy daughter Allyson Imogen Poots becomes a conquest of Ben's. Just a bit of a surprise. Synopsis: A series of bad decisions upends car dealer Ben Kalmen's Michael Douglas business, his wandering eye costs him his marriage to Nancy Susan Sarandon , and he has to relocate from a grand home to a tiny flat. Ben doesn't want to be there but the memories flood back, including those of his first meeting with Nancy. But see it for yourself. But it's alsotrue that they don't have all that much to do.
He apologizes to Daniel for his indiscretion and discovers Nancy on the bench where they met. Solitary Man tells the story of Ben Kalmen Michael Douglas in a goodperformance , a formerly successful car dealer now on a downwardspiral. It's a little hard to understand how his ex-wife Nancy Sarandon can remain so understanding, not to mention his daughter Susan's rallying when she has once given up on him. Ben is living a nightmare. When he seduces thedaughter, it is a shocking turn of events that marks this film asstrikingly different. Fearing that the audience couldn't figure this thing out forthemselves, the movie serves an explanation up complete, as if BenKalman, victim of himself, could somehow suddenly understand why he wasdoing what he was doing and consider the idea of change. That is, we areconstantly told we deserve it all, we deserve it now and we deserve itforever.
You would think he had already learned a big one. This is an exceptional, if depressing, independent film that shows that Douglas can still act, entice, entertain, and engage. Co-writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien direct their first major movie after having penned films like Rounders, Runaway Jury, and Ocean's Thirteen all favorites of mine , and they do so with aplomb. He hops from bed to bed while milking his live-in and trying to re-capture the success he exudes from every pore but without the money or the friends he once had. Everything came up smelling like roses until then and it's been all smelly fertilizer since. Ben is likable to all, but when we see him we do not like him and wish he would do the right things.
This is what I mean: both Mel and Michael went off the map for awhile but when they returned, they both picked roles as if neither has been absent from leading roles for a decade. 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. In Solitary Man, Douglas plays Ben Kalmen, a once powerful-New York City car salesman who has lost his business, his wife Susan Sarandon in a throwaway role and his money after taking part in a scam. But Douglas' reason for being such a cock is shallow, unbelievable and not worth waiting until the final minutes to uncover. This is a way that Ben can pay off his debts.