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Overall Rating
1.86

Awesome: 8.57%
Worth A Look: 5.71%
Average: 2.86%
Pretty Bad: 28.57%
Total Crap54.29%

4 reviews, 11 user ratings


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Man, The
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by Jason Whyte

"Look mom, a fart gag!"
1 stars

"The Man" is about a dental supply man (Eugene Levy) who is a polite guy who matches wits with a wily ATF officer (Samuel L. Jackson). Yes, Eugene Levy is once again playing a guy who is the whitest person in theh world and has a strange job, and Sam Jackson is playing another tough guy, and with the two of them together, the advertising people think that we're going to have another "48 Hours" on our hands.

Wrong, as "The Man" is a loud and boneheaded movie. Loud in the fact that every character seems to be shouting at one another instead of engaging in dialogue, and boneheaded in that is just like every other fish-out-of-water cop movie ever made. What's worse is that this one doesn't have an ounce of originality in its body. Oh, and it has a few fart and racist jokes to smooth the proceddings out. At the very least, the movie clocks in at 82 minutes (with credits) so at least the nothing of a movie that is here puts itself to sleep quickly.

Consider its plot, where ATF cop Derrick Vann (Jackson) gets a tip where a big gun sale is about to go down. He is scheduled to meet the bad guy at a coffee shop, to which the bad guy arrives and think that the contact is Andy (Levy). Suddenly (in a wholly unfunny sequence) Andy gets the bag, opens it, finds a pistol and proceeds to wave it around in bewilderment (because you know, that's what people do when they find guns, they proceed to wave it around in surprise). What i wouldn't give for a character come up to him and go "Lemme guess, you thought that guy left you a sandwich and there's a gun in there instead? I hate it when that happens.". Enter Derrick, convienently arriving on the scene thirty seconds late, and is forced to take Levy under his wing to help find the gun runners who think that Levy is the main contact.

Scene after scene unfolds with such clunking stupidity that our brains turn off the screen and question why this film was even made in the first place. There are some real casting and character blunders. Why, for example, is a good character actor like Miguel Ferrer reduced to a snarling chief of police? Or why bring back the screaming waitress in the coffee shop if not to gather a cheap laugh? Or how about Saturday Night Live alum Horatio Sanz in a wasted cameo as an evidence officer who doesn't spout a funny mannerism which he is known for in late night (In a movie like this, even if he did it probably wouldn't be that funny to begin with).

And in a day and age where movies are trying to steer away from all things flatulence, here we have a long, drawn out sequence where it is discovered that red meat doesn't mix very well with Andy. The Foley artists must have had a field day with creating just the right amount of audio to simulate methane gas emissions. Oh, believe me when I say that I'm laughing as I write this!

With all of the movies being released lately that have been sitting on the studio shelf for two years, "The Man" feels like a bad mistake that was rushed together ages ago and is finally getting a release in the Late Summer / Early Fall Doldrums. The director is Les Mayfield, who is known for producing garbage B-movies like "American Outlaws" and "Encino Man" (with only his "Blue Streak" being the only mildly amusing one) and here directs with a glossy music video look that appears like every other comedy out there. Also beware for the product placements as well as the many Hot, New songs to help sell a couple of soundtrack albums. Something is telling me it won't.

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originally posted: 09/17/05 16:48:23
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User Comments

11/13/09 RealityOfFilms Great film! Downright hilarious! 5 stars
9/22/08 PAUL SHORTT A BUDDY COMEDY WITH A FATAL MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE CONCEPT OF A COMEDIC DUO 1 stars
8/29/08 Shaun Wallner Never laughed so hard in my Life!! 5 stars
10/30/07 William Goss Generically lame buddy cop comedy. 2 stars
5/04/06 hebby very good film really funny 5 stars
3/24/06 Anthony Feor It has its moments 3 stars
3/07/06 Indrid Cold Turns out the trailer is way better than the movie. How about that? 2 stars
2/13/06 Phil M. Aficionado Couldn't help liking this silly, pointless, raunchy spoof. Moronic fun. 4 stars
1/20/06 Don Paco Sam Jackson should fire his agent. He's the one bit of class in this pap. Even Levy is crap 2 stars
9/19/05 Glennyce Paetzmann Eugene- if you needed the money, you only had to ask. 2 stars
9/18/05 Sharon This was a great movie, and the little girl was adorable. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  09-Sep-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 17-Jan-2006

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Australia
  20-Oct-2005




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