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Man of the House (2005)
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by Scott Weinberg

"Someone PLEASE find Tommy Lee Jones something to do!"
1 stars

Actors are trained to never be embarrassed while working. No matter how bizarre or silly the performance may feel, they must trust in their director and do any old silly thing that's asked of them. But...Tommy Lee Jones just might want to go the other direction completely, because his presence in the monumentally generic "Man of the House" is the absolute pinnacle of career humiliation.

There once was a time when the movie world had a use for Tommy Lee Jones. Prior to his performance in The Fugitive, Jones was just a rock-solid character actor. Following his Oscar-winning performance in the Harrison Ford film, Tommy spent an inordinate amount of time repeating himself. After The Fugitive, Jones autopiloted his way through stuff like Blown Away, The Client and Volcano. But then Men in Black hit the jackpot...and, following that good fortune, Tommy Lee went back to the same old schtick: U.S. Marshals, Double Jeopardy, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted, The Missing, etc.

Basically, unless Tommy Lee Jones is either a) tracking someone, or b) shooting at slimy aliens, he's got nothing to do besides stand off in a corner and growl once in a while. This is kind of a waste of a really great actor.

But I'd take any of those flicks over what's served up in Man of the House, which is one of those "cheerleader comedies" that somehow got mixed up with a banal action movie - and then sat on a studio shelf for about two years.

Here's all you need to know about Man of the House (and I mean that as literally as possible): Five curvy Texas cheerleaders witness a murder. Tommy Lee is the tough-as-nails (and surprisingly aged) Texas Ranger who must shack up with the buxom witnesses. "Comedy" ensues. Scenes involving Cedric the Entertainer as a shady preacher feel like they were leased from another unfinished (and equally witless) movie.

That's it. Really. It all feels like something Troy McClure could star in.

Forget that the movie is essentially plotless, laughless, aimless and predictable; that the humor is stale and obvious and that none of the actors seem to exude any sort of energy; that the idea of a "man's man" being forced to buy maxi-pads stopped being funny about 22 years ago; that this flaccid farce exists only to tease the 13-year-old boys with just a peek at the naughty bits here and there; and that Tommy Lee Jones (god, why) actually produced this wretched fare. All of this is fairly expected and unsurprising when you know how the studio system works.

Odds are Mr. Jones had just one picture left on a contract somewhere, and this ridiculously lifeless piece of formula fluff was the end result - proving, yet again, that very few projects succeed just because they could be 'pitched' in less than eleven seconds (which the flick most definitely was).

Tough to pinpoint the precise "career low points" of inconsistent fellows like Tommy Lee Jones and director Stephen Herek, but "Man of the House" certainly deserves consideration on all accounts. It takes a lame one-joke concept, doles it out in bland little squares, and then runs away with your $8.50 while laughing at you.

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User Comments

7/25/10 art NOT A TOTAL LOSS!,AT least he GIRL"S were BEAUTIFUL! 3 stars
10/31/08 Shaun Wallner This movie was stupid! 1 stars
3/12/08 art THIS MOVIE WAS MISERABLE 1 stars
7/01/07 Jeff Anderson Stale & predictable comedy, even Jones(WHY!!)looks bored & lifeless. I DON'T BLAME HIM!!!!! 1 stars
3/31/07 David Pollastrini PRETTY DUMB 2 stars
1/03/07 Matt A few giggles, but what was Tommy thinking?? 2 stars
8/04/06 KristinOhyeah Good movie..enjoyed it with the family 5 stars
6/19/06 ALBERT very funny! 4 stars
4/10/06 Anthony Feor Tell Cedric that I'm not very entertained by this flick 1 stars
12/09/05 Frank Rountree this movie was way worse than I expected 2 stars
7/18/05 helen make respectable movies(about women) 1 stars
7/06/05 Heather Purplethorne A whole lot funnier than the concept deserved to be. 4 stars
7/04/05 Save Tommy Lee! Send him a buck or two over the mail so he doesn't have to do this sort of dross anymore 1 stars
5/11/05 Wilma Cox Great Hook 'em Horns 5 stars
3/01/05 mott the drupal r lee ermey says this movie sucks balls, maggots! 2 stars
2/28/05 KingNeutron This movie was WAY better than I expected. Nice nod to the Blues Bros at the end. 5 stars
2/28/05 Naka Oh, bloody hell, NO. 1 stars
2/27/05 Kristina Williams damn, what's happened to poor Tommy? 1 stars
2/26/05 Mark Hanson Funny movie 5 stars
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  25-Feb-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 19-Jul-2005



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