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The Ladies Man (2000)



Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 65

The Ladies Man joins the growing list of mediocre movies based on SNL skits. It just doesn't have enough material to last the length of the movie.


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 17

The Ladies Man joins the growing list of mediocre movies based on SNL skits. It just doesn't have enough material to last the length of the movie.



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Movie Info

Leon Phelps is the grooviest, smooth-talking woman chaser around. Known suitably to all as The Ladies Man, Leon hosts a popular late-night radio call-in show dispensing advice on affairs of the heart. After hundreds and thousands of conquests, Leon is the self-proclaimed expert on.. the ladies. After being ejected from his job for one too many vulgar and inappropriate comments, he unsuccessfully seeks employment from every radio station in Chicago. Out of options, Leon receives a mysterious



Tim Meadows, Dennis McNicholas, Andrew Steele

Apr 17, 2001


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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (65) | DVD (9)

After I swallowed my disbelief and gave my critical faculties a break, yeah, I was tickled every 40 minutes or so.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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80 minutes of comic mistiming and missed opportunities.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
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Desperately unfunny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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One more case of a winning SNL character tamed by the wan, fizzled farce around him.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Only ... fans of Meadows' anachronistic Ladies Man caricature are likely to have any interest in this slapped-together, unfunny movie.

January 1, 2000
Hollywood Reporter
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A waste of space.

January 1, 2000
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Dumb -- SNL skits don't work as movies.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Another Saturday Night Live sketch character tries, futilely, to stretch to feature-length proportion...

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The director wants his film to be as smooth and as infectious as the funkadelic music he highlights throughout, but a string of bad decisions prevents that from happening.

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Just when you thought they couldn't get worse, Saturday Night Live-based movies hit a new low.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source:

Lorne Michæls has crapped out another one that is only worth catching when it finally makes its way to cable.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The Ladies Man is a total dud.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A putrid mess...simultaneously vulgar and boring.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

...Hampered as much by the film's third-rate script as Meadows's own weakness as an actor.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Used to be Halloween was the scariest event each October. Recently, the most horrifying thing is the release of another comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch.

August 16, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Any criticism of a film like The Ladies Man is essentially moot.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The Ladies Man is pointless and should never have been made. But check your brain at the door and it almost stacks up to a snifter of Courvoisier and a handful of butt.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Not just ordinarily unfunny, The Ladies Man is ghastly almost beyond belief.

December 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It just seems to go on and on, never arriving at either a point or a satisfying conclusion.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Yet another awful Saturday Night Live movie.

September 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

When Meadows's three-minute sketch persona is stretched out to cover a whole movie, the cracks soon start to show.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Guardian

Reminds us why creative bankruptcy should be a capital offence.

July 26, 2001 Full Review Source:

A cheap and forgettable romp which is unlikely to trouble filmgoers for long before finding a more suitable home down your local video store.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source:

It's fairly forgettable stuff, but still very enjoyable, and suggests Meadows could be a name to watch.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A few solid punch lines get lost amid the stupidity.

June 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Ladies Man

The Ladies is not an excellent comedy by any means, but it definitely isn't the worst. I think the film is a bit underrated, and though I agree it's not an excellent comedy, it still is a fun, entertaining mindless film that has a few good laughs throughout the film. This is not a perfect film, but it has its moments. If you're looking for mindless comic relief, then The Ladies Man is that film. The jokes are comical, nothing ever too hilarious, but it will manage to get a few chuckles out of you. The cast is decent, nothing ever good. I thought some parts of the film were weak, but for the most part the film was a lot of fun to watch. This is one of those comedies that you have to shut your mind off in order to enjoy. Sure the film is crude and all, but there's just something about the film that makes it a fun viewing experience. I've seen worst comedies than this, and The Ladies Man isn't one of them. This a funny film that is quite underrated, though some jokes were stale; for the part I laughed and I enjoyed myself watching it. The people that stand out in the film is of course Tim Meadows as the Ladies Man/Leon Phelps, and he brings a funny, quirky style to the role. Another who stands out is Will Ferrell, he really is funny here, and he is perfect for the character he plays. The Ladies Man is mindless fun, if you're looking for a good little film, then this is a worthy viewing. Fun and dumb, the perfect film to watch with friends.
January 20, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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one of the 2 or 3 funniest movies ever made, but just too crude to justify
November 23, 2007
danny d

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This movie was a lot of fun. I liked Tim Meadows' "Ladies Man" character.
October 25, 2007

Super Reviewer

It's sad that I thought this was funny.
February 6, 2007

Super Reviewer

    1. Leon Phelps: Ya know, when a man works hard his entire life doing hundreds of ladies, many of whom he don't even remember you'd like to think that at the end of the day he will be given a lot of money, without having had to earn it.
    – Submitted by Joseph B (2 years ago)
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