Michael Douglas is at his best when playing a character at his worst.
Solitary Man is a wafer-thin film with a river-deep, mountain-high performance from Douglas. For its unpitying look at a pitiful man, it rivals the actor's turns in the underknown Wonder Boys and King of California.
This time he is Ben Kalmen, disgraced New York businessman, who amuses himself and appalls everyone else by bedding women and girls with daddy issues. Some might describe this incorrigible lech, a sexagenarian in more ways than one, as Hugh Hefner with Gordon Gekko hair and a gecko's reptilian ethics. Directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien (working from Koppelman's original script) structure their film as a portrait of a drowning man who methodically cuts every lifeline.