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Journalist Steve Lopez discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives.
Drama - This is a fact-based drama dealing with serious issues aimed at
adult moviegoers. Fans of stars Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.
should be pleased hough those who enjoy their lighter work may be
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 108 moviegoers:
TEENS:Both males and females loved "The Soloist." Very highly recommended.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The females loved it. The male reviews are very mixed so they probably aren't very accurate. I would assume their reviews would be similar to the great reviews provided by the younger and older males.
ADULTS:GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females! Very highly recommended!
Columnist Steve Lopez (Downey) is at a dead end. The newspaper business is in an uproar, his marriage to a fellow journalist has fallen apart and he can't entirely remember what he loved about his job in the first place. Then, one day, while walking through Los Angeles' Skid Row, he sees the mysterious bedraggled figure Nathaniel Ayers (Foxx), pouring his soul into a two-stringed violin. At first, Lopez approaches Ayers as just another story idea in a city of millions. But as he begins to unearth the mystery of how this alternately brilliant and distracted street musician, once a dynamic prodigy headed for fame, wound up living in tunnels and doorways, it sparks an unexpected quest. Imagining he can change Ayers' life, Lopez embarks on a quixotic mission to get him off the streets and back to the world of music. But even as he fights to save Ayers' life, he begins to see that it is Ayers - with his unsinkable passion, his freedom-loving obstinacy and his valiant attempts at connection and love - who is profoundly changing Lopez.