Wonder Boys is a 2000 drama starring Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey, Jr., and Katie Holmes and based on the novel of the same name by Michael Chabon. Douglas stars as Grady Tripp, a novelist who pays the bills by teaching at a local Pittsburgh university. He's recently been left by his wife and he struggles to complete a suitable follow-up to his first well-received novel. He has two particularly promising studentsâ€”Hannah Green (Holmes), who rents a room from him, and James Leer (Tobey Maguire), whose writing talents don't help his general confusion about his place in life. The film follows Grady as he tries to piece his life together without wrecking anyone else's lives in the process. This film received rave reviews from critics and features original music from Bob Dylan. Wonder Boys is directed by Curtis Hanson, who previously directed The Hand that Rocks the Cradle and L.A. Confidential.