Woody Allen's Latest flick:  "Irrational Man"

Woody Allen’s Latest flick: “Irrational Man”

Woody Allen has a genius for comedy but sometimes makes serious films with few if any laughs.  “Irrational Man” is one of these.  As the film opens Abe (Joaquin Phoenix),  a well-known philosophy professor,  arrives at a college to take up a new teaching position at a very low point in his life.  He is wallowing in the sorrow he feels over the miseries of the human condition and he finds no meaning in life.  He drinks heavily and, a noted womanizer, he has been impotent for a year.  He gets little, if any, joy from teaching and writing.  One[…]


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