Richard Levine directs Stanley Tucci, Addison Timlin and Kyra Sedgwick in this drama where a college professor risks his marriage when he becomes obsessed with a student’s erotic novel.
We probably didn’t need another film that paints a man in a position of power who has an affair as the hapless victim, his young distractor as the untrustworthy manipulator. Beyond relevancy, this proves a very well acted adult mystery. Timlin impresses as the seductive enigma who drags Tucci’s naive genius to the rocks, while he leads with such authority that you never lose sympathy or understanding of his dangerous actions. Solid, intelligent, mature… just not very timely or spectacular.
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