The Soloist (2009)
A newspaper journalist (Robert Downey Jr.) discovers that a homeless man (Jamie Foxx) is a musical genius and vows to improve his life situation.
Why It’s A Great Option For Jamie Foxx Fans: Though its Oscar hopes were dashed, The Soloist remains a great showcase for its dual stars, Robert Downey Jr. and, particularly, Jamie Foxx. Based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, an immensely talented musician who developed schizophrenia and became homeless, the movie’s approach can occasionally be wobbly and uneven. But the performances outshine the movie more often than not, particularly Foxx, who provides one of his most affecting and emotionally raw performances to date. While the movie’s award season hopes might’ve undetermined the sincerity of his work, it still remains a good and worthwhile showcase for this talented performer.