Man in the Chair (2007)

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Critic Consensus: A committed performance from Christopher Plummer can't save Man in the Chair's troubled and cliched script.


Movie Info

With the help of a group of retired filmmakers living at the "Motion Picture Home for the Aged," a rebellious teen enters a student film competition in hopes it will get him into film school.

Rating: PG-13 (for language and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Schroeder
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 1, 2008
Runtime:
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Cast


as Glenn 'Flash' Madden

as Cameron Kinkaid

as Mickey Hopkins

as Taylor Moss

as Murphy White

as Richard

as Brett Raven

as Speed

as Teacher

as Young Flash

as Mr. Klein

as Video Store Manager

as Camera Crew Member

as Montana

as Security Guard

as Mrs. Erksine

as Officer Rowe

as Orson Welles

as Mildred Bahr

as Gregg Toland
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Critic Reviews for Man in the Chair

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14)

A fair-to-middling contemporary fantasy drama that, despite its surfeit of flashy effects, is mildly charming in the way it addresses the injustice of old folk having to live out their final years in decrepit homes.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

By salvaging a troubled script with deep, committed, touching portrayals, Plummer and Walsh help prove Schroeder's points about how Hollywood isn't just the province of the rich, young and pretty.

Full Review… | December 21, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The movie works so hard at juggling its clichés that it fails to generate interest in its story.

Full Review… | December 21, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Though they can't transcend writer-director Michael Schroeder's pointed contrivances, the actors tap into something achingly true in this valentine to Hollywood's below-the-line crafts people and society's castoffs.

Full Review… | December 14, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

[An] elegant documentary.

Full Review… | December 14, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A ramshackle but likeable story

December 10, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Man in the Chair

½

I DESPERATELY wanted to love this movie. Such a sweet premise. Indie flick that's barely anyone has seen...and WOOOOOOO
BOY
WOOOOOOOOOO
DAMN
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHh
MIGHT MIGHTY MERCY ME!!!

It sucked.

Christopher Plummer does a fine job, but he's the ONLY redeeming aspect of this movie.

First of all, why on God's green Earth did the DP decide to film half of the movie in a shaky, piece of shit, Transformers-style montage with quick wipes and pans that COMPLETELY take you out of the movie? Worse yet, why the fuck does he tack on a disgusting green filter Matrix-style that make you vomit all over your pants? Why the fuck was he born?

Da fuck is dat shit all bout?
The last comment may have been harsh.

BUT NO!
Let's talk about the ridiculous script. So the main character is apparently "bullied" by a rival filmmaker. Really? How the fuck is he "bullied" if he:
A - Launches his bicycle off the dude's car
B - Tackles him in a bowling alley and gets arrested for assault
C - BLOWS UP THE DUDE'S FUCKING MOVIE.

YES he BLOWS UP THE DUDE'S MOVIE. Talk about a brilliant way to end an "inspiring montage" with Christopher Plummer.

All right now, boy, let's get that final shot! OH MY IT KICKS ASS WERE GOING TO WIN AN AWARD FOR THIS! LETS GO OUT AND CELEBRATE LIKE OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG HIGHSCHOOL FUCKS DO IN THIS DAY AND AGE! DRINKING MONTAGE!!!! DRINKIN MONTAGE AND SMOKIN CIGARS MONTAGE!! QUICK CUTS AND PUKE GREEN CAMERA SHOTS MONTAGE!!! AND NOW LETS BLOW UP THIS POOR BASTARDS GENERATOR MONTAGE! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SIR EPIC.


Fuck me.

QueenCityFilms
Karl Vanderhoof

Super Reviewer

½

WINNER of FIVE 2007 Poppies including Best Director (Michael Schroeder), Best Actor (Christopher Plummer, co-winner with Patrick Fugit of Wristcutters), Best Supporting Actor (M. Emmet Walsh). Superb character drama about a young aspiring filmmaker and the embittered old stagehand he persuades to help him with his student film. Top notch performances from Michael Angarano and Christopher Plummer, as well as a strong supporting cast including M Emmet Walsh and Robert Wagner. A MAJOR Poppies contender this year - definately a "Don't Miss" Movie! NOw showing on IFC Festival Direct on many ONDemand cable systems, andc !oming soon to DVD

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