Irrational Man

Irrational Man

DVD - 2016
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Philosophy professor Abe Lucas is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do from political activism to teaching hasn't made any difference. Abe gets involved with two women: Rita Richards, a lonely professor who is unhappy in her marriage; and Jill Pollard, his best student, who becomes his closest friend. Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger's conversation and become drawn in.
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Description: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD Irra

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ninanna
Feb 06, 2021

If you read Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" before you watch this movie you will understand the humor and the irony in it.

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Kinesisca
Jan 21, 2021

Other than being able to watch Emma Stone, this movie had nothing to hold my attention, and after about half an hour, even that got old. I turned it off.

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Mickeymouse2020
Feb 06, 2020

I liked the movie I thought it was good but it was hard to follow some times and I agree it did not get interesting until near the end that is when it got totally interesting. I mean I felt with the professor there was seriously something wrong with him to think committing murder was going to brighten up his life or find some meaning to his life I'm saying to myself, "Are you kidding me?" Again it was good but felt like it was all over the place.

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shayla_00k
Dec 19, 2019

Actually two and 1/2 stars may be overrated. The plot was not  clear until at least halfway through. However, the closer to the end, the more interesting it got. It was a believable example of a disturbed person's thought processes going seriously wrong. More unsettling was the chilling realization how easy it is for others to miss the signs until it's too late.

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lakeland53
Aug 08, 2019

Joaquin Phoenix, a philosophy professor, says early on in the film, while he is teaching his students, that philosophy, in its purest form, is bullshit.
His life is not working for him & he has lost all joie de vivre. He makes a new decision during his short teaching stint at a university. Very interestingly, he thinks he can get away with his actions. Enjoyed the film, but it seems Abe Lucas, (Phoenix), is out of touch with reality.

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biffblack
Aug 05, 2018

I love Woody, and I continue to believe in him and support his work in spite of the constant stream of lies voiced against his character by the horrid Dylan Farrow. Be that as it may, Irrational Man is Woody's all-time worst film, worse even than Tall Dark Stranger and Jade Scorpion. There is literally NOTHING going on here at all. Phoenix is terrible in the lead.

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firefly5
Jan 23, 2018

Terribly boring, could not watch this.

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Spirit_of_Che
Nov 10, 2017

Just another Woody Allen waste of time. The man has made some good movies, but this isn't one of them.

Nice music, nice scenery, even a couple of lesser characters are interesting, but the plot and dialog are just the same philosophical mental masturbatory BS that seems to consume Allen.

I tried skipping ahead from some of the dreary scenes but in the end, it was hopeless.

Recommended only for those who can see no faults in Allen's movies.

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swyckl
Aug 02, 2017

I liked this DVD. It has a sad ending. The script is strong. It is well acted. It is not good for all ages. Sexual scenes are not subtle enough for a younger audience. There is some violence.

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JeanieG
May 06, 2017

This was just a plain ol' movie that was fun and easy to watch with a bit of a twist. Nothing great but certainly creative. The acting was good and the storyline a little silly but OK.

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