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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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Cast

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 ... Male Student #1
Ken Kramer ... Professor Emeritus
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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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17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Richard Says Goodbye See more »

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When Richard leaves the chancellor's office and stumbles outside, he hears the campus bells ringing. This is a symbolic reference of a line from a John Donne work regarding humanity and death: "...for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." Later in the film, a copy of Ernest Hemingway novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" can be seen on a bookshelf in Richard's office. He then tells Peter that he wants to see the campus bells. See more »

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During his dinner speech in act V, Johnny holds and drinks a glass of red wine, that changes into an empty champagne glass, that changes into an half full glass of champagne. See more »

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Olivia: Why are you and mom are still together?
Richard: I think as you get older, you, um, find yourself needing someone to hold accountable for life NOT turning out exactly as you'd imagine it. But listen to me, not every relationship has to be that. I mean, having said that, most are.
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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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