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Irrational Man


Rated R · 94 minutes · 2015

Dark comedy, Drama
A depressed philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) at a New England college overhears a conversation about a corrupt judge and takes it upon himself to plan the perfect murder, to the growing suspicion of an undergraduate who has a giant crush on him (Emma Stone). Trying for another Match Point (2005), writer-director Woody Allen grabs a handful of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train and a handful of Crime and Punishment and tosses them into a campus setting, which emboldens him to verbalize his stale philosophical concerns even more baldly than usual. In his 60s stand-up act, Allen joked that he once cheated on a metaphysics exam by looking within the soul of the student sitting next to him; 50 years later he's still at it. With Parker Posey.

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Director: Woody Allen
Producer: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson, Adam Stern, Allan Teh and Ronald Chez
Cast: Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, Emma Stone, Betsy Aidem, Ethan Phillips, Robert Petkoff and Tom Kemp

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