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Harvard Man [DVD]

Adrian Grenier , Sarah Michelle Gellar , James Toback    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adrian Grenier, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams, Eric Stoltz, Rebecca Gayheart
  • Directors: James Toback
  • Producers: Daniel Bigel, Mike Mailer
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 1900
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JK8MSS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,114 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Alan Jensen (Adrian Grenier) is a busy Harvard student with a heavy study schedule, a place on the school basketball team, and a complex romantic life involving two girlfriends, cheerleader Cindy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and philosophy professor Chesney (Joey Lauren Adams). When his parents' home is destroyed by a tornado, Alan feels the urge to help out, and thinks that the criminal connections of Cindy's mob boss father might be useful. Cindy puts Alan in contact with a crooked bookie who wants him to throw an upcoming basketball game, and the young man does his best. But when it doesn't work out as planned he finds himself performing a delicate balancing act, with the mafia on one side and the FBI on the other.

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Harvard Man [DVD]

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime, Sex, LSD and Sarah Michelle Gellar 15 Mar 2003
This film was hailed as a great change for Sarah Michelle Gellar from her Buffy character. In 2001 it probably was but, apart from the language, as Buffy has grown up the character is not that different. The noisy, and fully-clothed, sex scenes may be a bit stronger than on TV but not a lot.
Gellar is the cheerleader daughter of a mafia don. When her Basketball star student boyfriend desperately wants money to help his parents rebuild their tornado-shattered home, she persuades him to throw a game so that she can bet on it to make a lot more money. She reckons without two FBI agents who are watching the deal to try to get evidence on her father.
Complicating matters is her boyfriend's experimentation with drugs. Despite the warnings of his professor, Joey Lauren Adams with whom he is also sleeping, he takes a large dose of LSD cooked up by a chemistry student. The attempts of the FBI agents to extract a confession from him while he's tripping provide some of the humour of the film. Two caricature young mafia hit men provide most of the other humour.
The director opts for a film style that is clever rather than easy to watch. The opening scene splits the screen between the noisy bedroom action and the opening moments of a basketball game. From there we go in to filming that skips frames while the dialogue continues and lots of flashbacks that sometimes make it hard to work out where we've got to in the plot. In fact the picture seems to flow most smoothly when we see it distorted through his Acid trip.
With almost all the characters flawed by greed, sex or drugs, the one that comes across in the most sympathetic light is the mafia don. You know the good guys will probably win in the end but you're not really sure who qualifies as good.
Despite the special effects, the drug trip is rather too long and mostly fairly dull. Definitely a film for Gellar fans, but I'm not sure how much it would have going for it without her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see film!!!! 10 Feb 2013
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I first saw this film at university, all I can say is that after watching it you def won't do drugs....brilliant film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Michelle Gellar in Harvard Man 19 April 2012
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This is not one of Michelle's finest performances but at its buget price I suppose I could expect little more. True, there are the odd moments of surprise here, but sadly too few. I found the main characters too assured in their roles of subdefuge to make them truly believable. The major twists and turns were much too elaborate to be realistic and the film drags a little until racing to the end in the last quarter. It is watchable and mildly entertaining but I rate it very little more than okay. Disappointing that such a fine actress chose to star in a film which has a sufficient and predictable, rather than an original or intriging plot. Sadly for me 3 stars is all it deserves.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film superbly acted 1 Sep 2003
I bought this film mainly because I'm a big 'Buffy' fan and a fan of Sarah Michelle Geller, but it turned out to be far better than I ever expected, and worth watching for more reasons than just Sarah. She's billed as the main star and is the one on the cover (probably because she's the bigger name), but Adrian Grenier has just as big a part in this film, and puts in a stunning performance as liberal drug-experimenting Alan. I'd never seen him in anything beofre, but I'll certainly be watching out for him in the future.
The film's shot in quite a stylish way, and the skipping shots and flashbacks fit perfectly with the surreal feel of the film.
Quite a starnge film - kind of a lighter and less confusing 'Donnie Darko'. Very worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Erotic Thiller 4 Oct 2013
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Title of film put me off at first but decided to buy it and was rewarded with this sexy and rather bizarre little thriller. This gem of a movie deserves a cult following, its greatest asset being a surprising and erotic performance from Sarah Michelle Gellar a Beautiful actress who impressed me in Southland Tales, Cruel Intentions, The Grudge and The Air I Breathe. The DVD picture quality is OK but would like this film on blu ray sometime.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars harvard school of excellence 26 Dec 2003
I admit it, I bought this because smg was in it. But don't judge my review on this fact alone: I am a harsh critic, and this is a superb film. The direction is well done, but I have never seen a film about drug taking more realisticly portrayed, or more brilliantly showing the paranoia.
The film is fragmented and dillusional, showing how great directors use film as a means of expression, not simply telling a story. One of the greatest whim buys I ever made.
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