Maybe I've had blinders on for a while, but I'm starting to notice a lot of...older Hollywood gentlemen signing on for indies where they bag hot young women and have some sort of mid-life crisis. First, there was the trailer for Ben Stiller's Greenberg, where he plays an ambitionless hipster who beds his brother's assistant (Jennifer Jason Leigh), then there was Matthew Broderick's Wonderful World, where he plays a broken-hearted divorcee who's reluctant to fall in love but does so with his friend's nurse (Sanaa Lathan), and now there's Michael Douglas' Solitary Man, where he plays a womanizer who's in denial about his age and manages to seduce his girlfriend's (Mary Louise Parker) daughter (Imogen Poots) into bed. These gentlemen are obviously class acts. Which one of them would you pay to see crumble?
Although I feel Greenberg would be the most insightful, especially since it was written and directed by Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox and Margot at the Wedding), I'd rather see Solitary Man for the humor and the cast, which includes Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Jenna Fischer ("The Office"), Danny DeVito, Susan Sarandon, Mary Louise Parker ("Weeds"), Anastasia Griffith ("Trauma"), and the mesmerizing 20-year-old British newcomer Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later and Me and Orson Welles).