Irrational Man (2015)
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Irrational Man (2015)

Genre
Drama
Release Date
July 17, 2015
Studio
Sony Pictures Classics
Official Site
http://sonyclassics.com/irrationalman
Genre
Drama
Release Date
July 17, 2015
MPAA Rating
R
Duration
96 minute(s)
Production Budget
-
Studio
Sony Pictures Classics
Official Site
http://sonyclassics.com/irrationalman
Director
Woody Allen
Producer
Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson
Screenwriter
Woody Allen
Starring
  • Joaquin Phoenix as Robby Ellsworth
  • Emma Stone as Violet Trimble
  • Parker Posey as Lulu
  • Jamie Blackley
  • Meredith Hagner
  • Ethan Phillips
  • Ben Rosenfield
  • Julie Ann Dawson
  • David Aaron Baker
  • Tamara Hickey
  • Susan Pourfar
  • Gary Wilmes
  • Sophie von Haselberg

Woody Allen's "Irrational Man" is about a tormented philosophy professor who finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. Abe feels that everything he's tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn't made any difference.

Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe gets involved with two women: Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his best student, who becomes his closest friend. While Jill loves her boyfriend Roy (Jamie Blackley), she finds Abe's tortured, artistic personality and exotic past irresistible. Even as Abe displays signs of mental imbalance, Jill's fascination with him only grows. Still, when she tries to make their relationship a romantic one, he rebuffs her.

Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger's conversation and become drawn in.

Once Abe makes a profound choice, he is able to embrace life to the fullest again. But his decision sets off a chain of events that will affect him, Jill and Rita forever.