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Man, The (2005)

One guy walks the walk. The other talks and talks.

Original Title : The Man
Director : Les Mayfield
Writer : Jim Piddock
Margaret Oberman
Stephen Carpenter
Jim Piddock
Margaret Oberman
Genre : Action
Comedy/Crime
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Robert N. Fried , Mathew Hart , Bill Straus
Music : John Murphy
Photography : Adam Kane
Distributor : Distribution Company
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for language, rude dialogue and some violence.
IMDB ID : 0399327
Official site : http://www.themanmovie.com/
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poster for "Man, The" by Les Mayfield (2005)
Man, The (2005) - Les Mayfield
 

Starring

Samuel L. Jackson Derrick Vann
Eugene Levy Andy Fiddler
Luke Goss Joey/Kane
Miguel Ferrer Agent Peters
Susie Essman Lt. Rita Carbone
Anthony Mackie Booty
Gigi Rice Susan
Rachael Crawford Dara Vann
Philip Akin Second L.A. Agent
Christopher Murray Homeless Man
Joel S. Keller Laptop Guy (as Joel Keller
John Hemphill Ted
Kathryn Greenwood Flight Attendant
Carrie Cain-Sparks Big Kim (as Carrie Cain Sparks
George Ghali Cab Driver
Leni Parker Cashier
Matt Cooke Uniform Cop on PA
Joe Sacco Rookie
Neville Edwards Tall Agent
Scott Wickware Booking Officer
Tomorrow Baldwin Montgomery Kate Vann
Geoffrey Bowes Phone Agent (as Geoff Bowes
Randy Butcher Guard
Jessica Kelly Female Prisoner
Eldridge Hyndman Muscular Prisoner
Peter Oldring Young Guard
Leonard L. Thomas Mark (as Leonard Thomas
Max McCabe Pinto Driver
Frank Spadone Conventioneer
Andrew Stelmack Conventioneer
Gordon Bolan Conventioneer
Jeff J.J. Authors Waiter (as J.J. Authors
Toby Proctor Cavity Search Guard
Peter Kosaka Asian Man
Beatriz Yuste Nun
Jackie Laidlaw Nun
Dina Pino Nun
Patricia Brown Nun
Lindsay Ames Waitress
Tomorrow Baldwin-Montgomery Kate Vann
Michael Cameron IA driver
Jason Gautreau Bicycle Cop
Kevin Rushton Thug
Horatio Sanz Diaz
 

Plot

Special Agent Derrick Vann is a man out to get the man who killed his partner but a case of mistaken identity leads him to Andy Fidler, a salesman with too many questions and a knack of getting in Vanns way.
 

Comments

Yet another lame PG-13 comedy, 10 September 2005 Author: guyfromjerzee from NJ Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy? Sounds like a great team. Can't go wrong. Not! Despite the enormous talents of both actors, they can't do a thing to save this dull, unoriginal buddy cop flick. Many of the gags fall flat and simply go nowhere. For example, in one part Levy is hungry and wants to get something to eat. Jackson suggests they get a burger, but Levy doesn't want to, because red meat doesn't agree with his stomach. The pay-off to the gag? He passes gas in the car. God, it must've taken hours to come up with that punchline! The characters are totally clichéd and one-dimensional. Levy's job is to ramble on about banalities, while Jackson's job is to roll his eyes at him. The film does nothing to distinguish itself amongst the buddy-cop genre. Come on, we went from "48 Hours" to this? Unfortunately, this is Levy's first starring role since he became a household name with his role in the "American Pie" films. Hopefully, he'll stumble upon much better roles than this in the future. His deadpan comic style is hilarious, as we've seen in the "AP" trilogy, but in "The Man" he's forced to be an obnoxious fool. Levy's talent is more in reacting to awkward situations than creating awkward situations. Samuel L. Jackson looks completely embarrassed to be associated with the film. He probably took on this role so he can fulfill his contract of 50 movies a year. Jackson is undoubtedly one of our most talented actors, but at the same time not the most choosy with his roles. Plus, in the movie he's forced to play the usual "angry black guy" character he has played in every other movie. So it really is like watching DeNiro playing a gangster. And to top it all off, Jackson and Levy seem to share no chemistry."The Man" is yet another lame PG-13 comedy. You remember the days when producers couldn't give two s**ts about earning the PG-13 rating? You don't even have to go that far back. Look at "My Cousin Vinny." Now, in place of that, we have watered down comedies like the "Legally Blonde" flicks. An "R-rating" probably wouldn't have made "The Man" a much better comedy, but the PG-13 comedy seems to be a epidemic nowadays. I think if producers would have the guts to be more edgy and go against the studio's wishes to submit a film with a PG-13, we'd probably have a lot more funny comedies.