I watched Young Adult, this past weekend, starring Charlize Theron for one reason, because the main character is a writer.
In case you haven’t seen it, Young Adult is a black comedy with Charlize Theron staring as a YA author (actually she is slightly more than a ghost writer for a popular YA series that is about to end). Unable to come up with the last book in the series, she returns to her hometown to try and win back her high school boyfriend. Problem is, he's married, has a kid and is quite content with his life. As she throws back whiskey and flails at love, she becomes closer with a former high school geek played by Patton Oswalt.
The movie was entertaining, with an offbeat ending, but it got me thinking about how many of my favorite films have writers as a main character - a lot.
Here are a few of my favorites.
*Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson as screen writer, turned novelist (I absolutely love his line about the negative ions in the shower fueling his creativity.
*Alex and Emma, starring Owen’s brother Luke as the writer (movie loosely based on the true love story of Fyodor Dostoevsky writing his novel The Gambler.)
*Stranger Than Fiction, starring Will Ferrel as the character in Emma Thompson’s book she’s writing
*The Muse, starring Albert Brooks searching for inspiration
*The Hours, starring Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf
*Hannah and her Sisters, starring Dianne Wiest as failed-actress-turned-writer
*Adaptation, starring Nicolas Cage, as twin brother writers
*Leaving Las Vegas, Nicholas Cage again as a tormented writer
*Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas as a writer struggling with epic writer’s block
*The Player, starring Tim Robbins playing a screen writer in Hollywood
Feel free to comment on any of these, and/or add some of your own favorite writer/movies to the list.