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The Professor

6.71 h 30 min2019X-Ray15
Johnny Depp plays Richard, a buttoned-down college lecturer, whose life is turned upside down after learning he has six months to live. To the shock of his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt: La La Land) and school chancellor (Ron Livingston: The Conjuring) and the delight of his students- Richard embarks on a hilarious crusade against authority, with sex, drugs and bad behaviour in this dark comedy. Epic!
Wayne Roberts
Johnny DeppZoey DeutchRon Livingston
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4.2 out of 5 stars

761 global ratings

  1. 62% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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MojoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A difficult subject, of course, but a brilliant film
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Well, of course, I love Johnny Depp, but having watched Donny Brasco a few months ago (if you haven't seen that you really should) I realised it had been a long time since he had been allowed to simply be, well....Johnny Depp. Think of movies such as What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Baby Face, Ed Wood, Donny Brasco, Don Juan etc, The Professor is a return to that style.

Yes, it's a dark subject, but the narrative doesn't linger in the darkness, it's about living, dealing with regret and the life you should always strive to live, it's uplifting, it's inspiring and it's very funny. I lost my mother to the same disease 25 years ago and so this is not particularly a subject matter I ever wish to re-visit in a film, however The Professor makes you face our own mortality and Johnny Depp handles it all with class. Only he can convey so much anger, regret, fear and love in those eyes.

One of the best films I have seen this year, I highly recommend it.
35 people found this helpful
AnonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 January 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
A brilliant premise, poorly executed
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Johnny Depp was perfect for this story; it just wouldn’t have worked with Brad Pitt or Leonardo Di Caprio. Unfortunately, the screenplay is so weak that even the perfect actor cannot save it. I imagine the writer envisioned the beginning and maybe the end, but the space between seems like a wager to insert as many f-bombs as possible while stitching together a few tenuous themes.

I had a vague idea of what could happen next, as the plot rolled on, but the constant profanity forced me to stop because that became the focal point, not the narrative. It’s the same with comedians: if a joke is weak, spice it up with some strong language. This is why Nate Bargatze is the funniest stand-up alive today: he never, ever needs to utter a single swear word - something no other comedian is capable of.

I’d never been aware of this movie until seeing it on Prime and I understand why. There’s nothing noble or spiritual about this, but by its very nature there should be. After all, he tells his students the plain truth: they’re all going to die. In vino veritas? No, just an angry, drunk, foul-mouthed, modern-day Captain Sparrow in a ‘dark comedy’ that’s certainly dark but almost impossible to hold one’s attention.

The inclusion of Ron Livingston was ironic as he made a far better portrayal of complete insouciance in ‘Office Space’ than Depp does here, mainly due to poor writing that offers nothing new to the ‘nothing-to-lose’ category of movie.

If you like Johnny Depp and want to waste 90 minutes, go ahead; just don’t expect anything profound or original.
17 people found this helpful
NLondonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Brilliant Johnny at his best! I recently lost a friend to cancer and in this surprisingly was a great watch, it hits all the right spots and delivers the only sensible message there is-to live the life you have to the fullest, to stay true to yourself and to be original, despite being surrounded with world full of sameness, obsessed with all sort of unimportant stuff... After all we all going to die and if you can why not laugh about it...specially when it helps and it did me... beautifully done, funny and real. But if you don't like, understand or have never experienced 'real' then well, i guess you mind not like this either..
14 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 June 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Johnny Depp I fell in love with.
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No, this film isn't for everyone. I’d be the first to admit that. But those (I hate the term) “fans” of Johnny would see this film as what it is. A chance to see the Johnny Depp of the past, with a brilliant emotional performance of a man that’s not got long left on this earth.
He got the character, and performed it well. He reminded me of the Johnny that was long before Captain Jack appeared.
He reminded me of why I fell in love with him and his acting.
19 people found this helpful
Mr. P. RogersReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 August 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Devoid of all morals.
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If you are a fan of obscene language, infidelity, sexual immorality and homosexuality this is the film for you. I didn't get past the first 15 minutes before I'd had enough. Should have guessed it'd be rubbish as it was only 99p to rent.
14 people found this helpful
SBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 October 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Class acting and a humane script
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If you want to be reminded what a great, compelling actor Johnny Depp is, this is one to look at.
The script did make me laugh in a few places, but it becomes much more serious later on, as Richard says goodbye to his loved ones in different ways.
There is something truthful and unshowy about this movie, which I really liked.
There is one, brief scene in the professor's office, with a student, which seemed out-of-place, clumsy, and inconsistent with the rest of the movie. For that, I have to deduct a star. Otherwise, its a good movie that becomes a little gem with Mr Depp.
7 people found this helpful
Ralph S BaconReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Watchable but ultimately not very satisfying
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It starts off pretty well, if a little bleak and dark.

It's a pity then, that the Professor turns into an alcohol-induced, slurring Captain Jack Sparrow for a while as he comes to terms with his situation. I'm sure the director could have requested a different performance than this reprise.

Interesting though, how someone with limited time left can suddenly become a better person, albeit in this case a bit of a renegade. But all the better for it, for him and those around him.

The ending is far from satisfying. Whether his wife had guessed his condition (and we have no evidence to support that), her reaction (or, rather, non-reaction) at his groundbreaking, dinner party revelation is totally unbelievable. Whether she had fallen out of love with him or not, it was a pitiful moment. Ridiculous.

Finally, the ending was, frankly, bizarre. He takes his leave from his daughter, takes his dog with him in the car, at night, arrives at a T-junction in the middle of America's huge corn fields and decides to drive straight on through the fields.

By this time I was more concerned for the dog's welfare than his.

It's watchable, but the director let us down with some of the strange actions and reactions of the cast.
3 people found this helpful
Miss PoppyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 September 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing but watch out for the swan
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As a fan of Johnny Depp I had high expectations of this film but was disappointed. The film tries to tackle a difficult topic but it’s attempts to be profound and meaningful result in predictable cliches. The film lacks depth and originality. It feels contrived.
Depp’s performance is wooden at times, his speech inarticulate. There are a few humorous moments such as the lake scene and the group therapy situation hence my three star rating. The ‘seize life’ parts of the script reminded me of The Dead Poet’s Society.
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