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Solitary Man (2010)

Solitary Man



Drama, Comedy

Release Date

May 21, 2010 (Limited)

MPAA Rating



90 min.


Anchor Bay Films

Official Site

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Cast and Crew


Brian Koppelman, David Levien


Paul Schiff, Steven Soderbergh


Brian Koppelman



SOLITARY MAN tells the story of Ben Kalmen, a fifty-something New Yorker and former successful car dealer, who through his own bad choices lost his entire business.

When the film opens, Ben's on the verge of a comeback, but some of the same motivations that led to his demise are threatening to take him down again. He's divorced from Nancy, his college sweetheart and the one person who knows him better than anyone. Although he still finds the time to hang out with his daughter Susan and his adoring grandson, she breaks off contact when she discovers he's seeing one of her friends. His girlfriend Jordan is the daughter of a very influential businessman who's on the board of a major auto manufacturer.

If Ben can just keep his hubris in check for a little while longer, he will be back as big as ever. But circumstances place him in very close proximity with the one girl he shouldn't touch, throwing everything into jeopardy.

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Jesse Eisenberg stars as Cheston and Michael Douglas stars as Ben in Anchor Bay Films' Solitary Man (2010). Photo credit by Phil Caruso.
Jesse Eisenberg (Cheston) and Olivia Thirlby in Anchor Bay Films' Solitary Man (2010). Photo credit by Phil Caruso.

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“..a needlessly sly movie about the kind of problems that preoccupy people in show business-becoming sexually undesirable, not spending enough time with the kids, etc.-but Douglas makes all the contrivances feel like universal, soul-testing dilemmas..”
by Noel Murray [A.V. Club]
“..The bumps in the narrative can be jarring, but Douglas never makes a false move, delivering a tour de force in human weakness..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
“..With an outstanding screenplay by Brian Koppelman and disciplined direction by Koppelman and David Levien, a story that could have been generic (or worse, scented with flowery bulls---) turns into a precise, honest, and affecting drama..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]