Solitary Man movie review: Ben Kalman (Michael Douglas) 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 (Mary-Louise Parker) , because her father can help him get a new auto dealership; she's asked him to escort her 18 years old daughter, Allyson (Imogen Poots) 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.
The buzz: After premiering at last year’s Toronto film festival, “Solitary Man” hits theaters thanks to fledgling distributor Anchor Bay Films, which recently scored its biggest limited release success story with the Andy Garcia wacky family movie “City Island.” “Solitary” could keep them moving in the right direction.
The verdict: Douglas hasn’t had material this strong since “Wonder Boys” a decade ago. Screenwriter and co-director Brian Koppelman creates a dream role in Kalmen, a charming cad whose life is catching up with him. It’s a showcase for both Douglas’ significant talent as an actor and the unique baggage he brings from a career of playing smooth-talking men in crisis (from “Wall Street” to “Fatal Attraction”). An expertly selected supporting cast (also including Jesse Eisenberg, Olivia Thirlby and Douglas’ longtime pal Danny DeVito) adds to the pleasure. No matter who Douglas is opposite here, it’s a perfect match. Although “Solitary Man” could use a stronger visual sensibility, the rich dialogue and uniformly strong performances ensure it’s an intelligent, entertaining movie for adults. Source: Metromix
Box Office: Solitary Man has grossed $4,360,548 at the domestic box office and a worldwide total of $5,024,782.