Some movies try to be too much. Nobel Son tries to be comedy, suspense, drama, all wrapped up in one. Actually, it is those things at different, unrelated times. It was almost like one of those books in which each chapter is written by a different author with distinct styles, but they try to string along the same story. So there are certainly entertaining elements to this movie, but it doesn't make a very good whole.
I find it interesting that there are so many big name stars in Nobel Son. Danny DeVito has a small role. Ted Danson has a blink-and-you-miss-it role. Bill Pullman and Mary Steenburgen are in it. Alan Rickman is the Nobel Prize winner. With all this talent, I would have expected a better movie, although the acting isn't bad.
The story is pretty convoluted. Alan Rickman, the famous, arrogant, womanizing professor, wins the Nobel Prize, and his less-than-motivated-in-his-studies son is kidnapped for ransom. I'm not even sure it's worth going into more than that. Let's just say there are too many unbelievable elements for it to be realistic, and the resolution is more twisted than you might expect.
Bottom line, 1 1/2 stars.