MAN FOR ALL REA­SONS

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

THOSE who have stayed the course through the long and pro­lific film­mak­ing ca­reer of Woody Allen will know full well that you have to fac­tor in a wonky one drop­ping ev­ery once in a while.

While Ir­ra­tional Man is in­deed an un­gainly and flawed hy­brid of man­nered com­edy and malcontent drama, it is not with­out its share of hard- earned mer­its.

A pot- bel­lied, worn- out- look­ing Joaquin Phoenix stars as Abe, a pro- level philoso­pher look­ing to lift his sag­ging writ­ing ca­reer with a teach­ing gig at a posh col­lege.

Though his classes are a bust, our ail­ing hero finds a new and vi­tal call­ing when he starts toy­ing with the idea of killing a cor­rupt judge on purely eth­i­cal grounds.

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