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The Professor (2018)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 17 May 2019 (USA)
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A college professor lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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Wayne Roberts

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Wayne Roberts
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Richard
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Veronica
Odessa Young ... Olivia
Danny Huston ... Peter
Zoey Deutch ... Claire
Devon Terrell ... Danny
Ron Livingston ... Henry
Linda Emond ... Barbara
Matreya Scarrwener ... Rose
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Donna
Paloma Kwiatkowski ... Unnamed Student
Kaitlyn Bernard ... Taylor
Michael Kopsa ... Doctor
Dion Riley Dion Riley ... Male Student #1
Justine Warrington ... Waitress
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Storyline

After learning about his terminal diagnosis, a college professor decides to live his life to the fullest by drinking, smoking and expressing real thoughts for the people around him. While going through the stages, he come to terms with the great truth of his life as he mends broken relationships, embraces the people in his life and learns to ignite his inner good spirit. Written by Santhosh

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Save your best lesson for last.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug use | See all certifications »

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The F-word and its derivatives are used 46 times. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after the professor finds out about his disease, he stomps into the campus pond, cursing and kicking. At some point, he falls and, as we see from above, is submerged at least up to his neck. We see quite an amount of water splashing on him, wetting his shoulders and the back of his jacket right up to his head. In the next scene, however, only half of his torso is wet - to the upper half of his chest - while his face, hair, and shoulders are completely dry as if he had gently walked into the water and sat down. See more »

Quotes

Richard: Well, maturity is really just another word for how much misery you'd swallow.
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Crazy Credits

There is a dedication to Betty Sue Depp, Johnny's mother, at the very end. See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Worst Movies of 2019 (So Far) (2019) See more »

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Nostalgic Garden
Written by Bruno Jose Le Roux
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Courtesy of APM Music
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An entertaining romp.
18 May 2019 | by ZachRPhillipsSee all my reviews

College professors are a group of people who I typically have a certain level of contempt for. They tell students what to think rather than teaching them how to think, and they attempt to tear away any individuality which students may exhibit. For that reason, I thought I wouldn't enjoy this movie. It was about a type of person I don't care for & the synopsis of the film made it sound like a boring story we've all seen more than once before. To my great surprise, it was a very funny & unique film.

All the acting in this film is commendable. Johnny Depp does a brilliant job playing the melancholic but also eccentric college professor who has stopped giving a damn about niceties. The writing is also very well done. The comedy in this film made me laugh more than a lot of straight up comedies manage to do these days. When I first read about 'The Professor' I thought it was going to be a slow drama, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out it wasn't.

It seems to me that the reason critics hated this film while audiences enjoyed it, is that the movie pokes fun at elitist, self-absorbed types, who many professional critics regularly praise & consider themselves amongst. Bureaucrats, feminists & "corporate wh*res" are amongst the those who get mocked in this movie, which isn't often seen in cinema, especially in cinema with such popular & mainstream talent involved. A secondary reason why "professional" critics may have panned this film would be due to the still lingering controversy regarding the accusations made against Depp by former spouse Amber Heard. We've seen self-appointed moral arbiters pan films for similar things time & time again.

Overall there is a small amount to complain about and there is much to praise with this film. The story is a familiar one, but the funny writing, unique & brilliant acting makes 'The Professor' stand out amongst other films about terminal illness.


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