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Overall Rating
2.78

Awesome: 16.46%
Worth A Look: 20.25%
Average: 15.19%
Pretty Bad: 21.52%
Total Crap26.58%

7 reviews, 37 user ratings


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Ladies Man, The
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by EricDSnider

"And the ladies are welcome to him."
2 stars

Obviously, the folks at "Saturday Night Live" have given up on the idea of making another really good movie based on characters from the show. They know now that even if they just use moderately popular characters -- like "The Ladies Man," for example -- they'll make a profit because hey, these things don't cost a whole lot to make in the first place.

"The Ladies Man" is based on the series of sketches in which Tim Meadows -- a long-time "SNL"er who went for years without his own recurring character -- plays a radio call-in host who offers smutty, sexually explicit advice to people's "romantic queries." While occasionally amusing, the character was never outstanding, though Meadows has always been a likable performer.

Such is the movie based on the character: occasionally amusing (I counted three legitimate laugh-out-loud laughs and a handful of chuckles), still without any outstanding characters (the Ladies Man himself is one-note all the way), but still lifted slightly by the sheer likability of Meadows.

In the film, Leon Phelps -- aka The Ladies Man -- and his producer, Julie (Karyn Parsons) are fired from the radio station due to the explicit nature of Leon's on-air dialogue with callers. Unable to find work anywhere else, Leon begins to despair, though this doesn't stop him from continuing to have sex with every single woman he can possibly have sex with.

One such woman's husband, Barney (a cloying, irritating, unfunny Lee Evans), catches them in the act and chases a naked Leon out the window. All he can see is Leon's "Have a Nice Day" smiley face tattooed on his butt. Using that as his only clue, he looks around the Internet and discovers a support group for men who have also been victims of this unknown fornicator: "Victims of the Smiling Ass," they're called, and their leader is a Greco-Roman wrestling aficionado named Lance ("SNL" cast member Will Ferrell). This group eventually learns Leon's identity and sets out to kill him, though they burst into a well-choreographed song-and-dance number first (one of the film's few legitimately funny moments).

Meanwhile, Leon has received a note from a woman he once called "Sweet Thing" who is rich and wants to run off with him. Trouble is, he calls EVERYONE "Sweet Thing," and with so many notches on his waterbed, it's hard to figure out who this one is.

It's hard not to smile at a character like Leon, who is so oblivious to the fact that he's a tactless moron, smiling rather sincerely as he tells a woman that it looks like someone put "two fine, honey-baked hams in the back of your dress."

Obviously, that's not enough to carry a movie, and while Meadows is likable and often makes his lines a little funnier than they should be, the film is still chock-full of dreadfully, painfully, grossly unfunny moments. About the best thing I can say about "The Ladies Man" is that it's not unbearable to watch ... and that's not really much of a compliment, is it?

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originally posted: 07/04/03 18:34:52
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User Comments

6/12/08 PAUL SHORTT A PUTRID MESS, SIMULTANOUSLY VULGAR AND BORING 1 stars
8/15/06 Ashley Hinz Should have stayed a skit. 4 stars
4/21/05 TJ It's alright. You have to know and like the character from SNL. 3 stars
2/24/05 Rock-Steady hey sweet thang, can I buy you a fish sandwich? 5 stars
12/20/04 Kim Soooo funny!!! Classic 5 stars
12/07/04 Jason Kaul The only funny scene is when he is interviewing the nun about the missionary position. 2 stars
9/06/04 Leon Phelps My movie was great. The critic is jealous of the wang. 5 stars
7/20/04 Jack Daniels tiny little pecker?!?! you aint talkin bout the ladies man! 5 stars
6/04/04 Omer Wow that movie was funny. For all the Lady's men out there! 5 stars
1/02/04 MH Leon is the best 5 stars
8/23/03 Robert Ricketts KIKZ ASS BEST MOVIE EVER 5 stars
4/10/03 Jack Bourbon I character ate human turds in this movie. 2 stars
3/09/03 Jack Sommersby 10 mijnutes of viable material unwisely expanded to feature length. 1 stars
10/11/02 SiliconHero This is the best that you could give to Tim Meadows? "F" you, Lorne! 1 stars
7/17/02 Joe Black Funny and entertaining 4 stars
6/12/02 Helen Souter it wasn't really funny but I laughed myself sick & I don't usually do that very often 5 stars
5/14/02 zafron sucked all ass 1 stars
5/01/02 jonathan berry "...put it in the butt!" 5 stars
10/22/01 Allison IT WAS AMAZING 5 stars
10/19/01 Andrew Carden So-So Comedy Has Laughs That Range From Hilarious to Hideous. 3 stars
10/19/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) The "missionary position" bit is pretty funny, but most of it's kinda shabby. 3 stars
9/02/01 Butterbean Tim Meadows can't carry a film at all. This could have been a great flick. 1 stars
7/30/01 Bob jones Tired of SNL avg characters getting their own movies. What's next, the cheerleaders? 2 stars
7/23/01 D.R. Doggy Style? Up da butt? The jokes were very not funny 1 stars
6/26/01 Fish Eye Not great, but one of the better SNL movies of late. Surprisingly funny. 3 stars
6/07/01 Paul Couture I thought that it was really funny. Tim Meadows definitely made the part. 5 stars
1/30/01 Marcin Calus I Love You u are remarkable 3 stars
1/07/01 snlalex Yeah, well thats disgustin' 5 stars
11/05/00 QUENTIN CONGRESS IT DRAGS A LITTLE BUT IT BEATS SNL SPIN-OFFS LIKE "PAT" AND "STUART" 4 stars
10/20/00 Stuntman stupid movie, worse than Superstar 1 stars
10/19/00 Scralomander Only good parts: Will Ferrell pointing the gun at the end + Tiffani Thiessen's boobies 2 stars
10/19/00 liquid I'm tired of all this shit, this movie SUCKS! read a book instead. 1 stars
10/18/00 namseidal TIM MEADOWS IS SO FUNNY SUPPORT HIS FIRST ATTEMPT AT A MOVIE AFTER MANY MANY YEARS AT SNL 5 stars
10/17/00 furtively WE laughed quite a bit, take friends and drink first tho... 3 stars
10/17/00 Ground Zero pratically unfunny and lame 2 stars
10/15/00 bob buttons if you like the skit on snl, you'll love the movie. get ferrel out of there 4 stars
10/15/00 frankko one star for the one time i laughed during the 85 minute movie. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  13-Oct-2000 (R)

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Australia
  31-Mar-2001




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