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Nobel Son

MPAA Rating: R for some violent gruesome images, language and sexuality.
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Comedy, Drama
1 hr. 42 min.
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USA Release:
December 5, 2008 (750 theaters)
DVD: March 10, 2009
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Director: Randall Miller
Producer: Art Klein, Randall Miller, Michael Ravine, Jody Savin, Ron Savin, Tom Soulanille, Terry Spazek, Henry Suarez
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

“Keep your eyes on the prize”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, Sarah, a renowned forensic psychiatrist, now have the ill-fortune of living with a man-eating monster whose philandering ways have gotten less and less discrete. As if Barkley's world is not bad enough, on the eve of his father receiving the Nobel, Barkley is kidnapped and the requested ransom is the $2,000,000 in Nobel prize money. Needless to say, Eli refuses to pay it and so starts a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge.

In the words of Michel De Montaigne, the 16th century philosopher: ‘There is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead.’”

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Movie Critics
…[2 stars] …The first 20 or so minutes of ‘Nobel Son’ are borderline unwatchable… truth to tell, it’s hard to argue that the rest of the movie offers adequate payback for any movie goer who refuses to bail out early. …
Joe Leydon, Houston Chronicle
…‘Nobel Son’ dialogue so stilted, it's about five feet over everybody's head… the film is pokey and unoriginal…
Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press
…If the formula were manic edits plus techno beats plus severed appendages plus plot twists, ‘Nobel Son’ would win the medal. … ‘Nobel Son’ is more of a mechanical feat than an edible treat.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
[1 star]…a ludicrous kidnapping plot… The dialogue clunks along like a car with a flat tire while the plot zooms back and forth in time and the soundtrack blasts electronic music…
Kyle Smith, New York Post