Woody Allen, still standing accused of sexually abusing his adoptive daughter, still making movies with Academy Award nominees. In his next film, Irrational Man, Emma Stone, his latest muse/obsession, plays a college student who falls for her professor (Joaquin Phoenix). Gotta love those relevant power dynamics.
On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor in existential crisis gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with his student.
According to the trailer, Phoenix plays former hotshot philosophy professor Abe Lucas, who joins some college’s faculty and first attempts to bed Parker Posey. But! Abe hasn’t been able to “perform” in a “nearly a year.” Also: “I can’t write, I can’t breathe, I couldn’t remember the reason for living...”
No worries, Abe, cause here comes along Emma Stone—the young, impossibly smart for her age Emma Stone, who is young and looks like Emma Stone.
Just spend more time with her...
At some point in the movie, the two find themselves alone against this idyllic seaside background. And you just know when two people look into each other’s eyes like that atop a beachside cliff that something sexy is gonna happen.
“Life’s ironic, isn’t it?” Abe ponders in voiceover. Sure is. It sure is.