Hank and Charlie share some very close similarities. Both are college English professors in small town colleges. They both are mired in interpersonal struggles of fellow staff members in and out of their departments. They both have fathers that are celebrated college professors that are now at a stage of declining health, which they have estranged emotions about. They both have hit a professional roadblock of sorts. Hank has not written anything since his first novel, and Charlie cannot get anything publi...
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...at is compounded by both individuals’ personal struggles. Each man seems to overcome the struggles of his department, but barely. They both also overcome by doing the opposite of what is expected and going against the flow of what others expect of them. Both Hank and Charlie end each of their stories with a new vantage on their lives. Both stories are also able to focus on the absurdities of everyday life and the struggle to find peace for oneself outside the fervor of office politics and familial unrest. The translatability, of both protagonists, to every one of us leaves you rooting for them and wishing them the best at the end.
Million, Mike, Dir. Tenure. Perf. Luke Wilson. Scion Films: 2009, Film.
Russo, R. (1998). Straight man. Vintage.
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