The Family Man (2000)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Despite good performances by Cage and especially by Leoni, The Family Man is too predictable and derivative to add anything new to the Christmas genre. Also, it sinks under its sentimentality.


Movie Info

Wall Street playboy, Jack Campbell is at the top of his professional game with little time for anything else. Jack's lavish, fast-paced lifestyle drastically changes one snowy Christmas night when he unwittingly stumbles into the middle of a grocery store holdup and in a bold display of self-preservation disarms the gunman. The next morning he wakes up in a suburban New Jersey bedroom lying next to Kate, his college sweetheart who he left in order to pursue his career, and to the horrifying … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sensuality and some language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Diamond, David Weissman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2001
Box Office: $73.7M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Lorraine

as Mrs. Peterson

as Tony the Doorman

as Neighbor/Party Guest

as Frank the Security M...

as Executive No. 1

as Executive No. 2

as Joe the Valet

as Mintz's Assistant

as Deli Clerk

as Grandfather at Deli

as Lady in Deli

as Jeannie

as Evelyn's Husband

as Nick's Wife

as Party Guest

as Kenny

as CNBC Reporter

as Suit Salesman

as Restaurant Patron

as Tire Customer

as Girl at Market

as Man in House

as Limo Driver

as Kate's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for The Family Man

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (33)

It's rare that an American movie lets slip such a snobbish distaste for the humdrum lives of its blue-collar audience base, but of course it doesn't last.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A series of moments, sentimental and comic, that never do add up to a coherent fable.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Its emotional core makes it easy to appreciate as a classical (if not classic) entertainment.

Full Review… | May 25, 2012
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Pleasant movie despite some predictability.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Ratner isn't a capable enough director to work the alchemy needed to make this cheese into gold.

Full Review… | February 15, 2010
TheMovieReport.com

Leoni is a revelation. Vibrant and gorgeous, she plays her role of the determined mother in love with teasing, salty charm, providing just enough grit to save the film from Ratner's slushy direction.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Film4

Audience Reviews for The Family Man

Good storyline and a great film with Nicolas Cage making a great 'Family Man' character. A must see!

murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

½

Corporate raider and hedonist playboy Nicolas Cage wakes up one morning to find himself living the life he would have led if he'd not chosen his career over an old girlfriend. In other words:
1 Cage wakes up surrounded by kids and associated mess
2 Runs around shocked by the fact that all his rich pals don't recognise him
3 Is horrified by nappies
4 Has a trademark Cage rant about how crappy his new life is
5 Finally learns "what's important"
6 Is dumped back in his old life, to his dismay
7 *Hallmark moment*
CREDITS
As you can see, The Family Man follows the formula of the feelgood holiday movie to the letter and will warm either your heart or your sick bucket depending on taste. As a film, I'd have to say it's too long and not particularly funny although Don Cheadle's all too brief appearance is reasonably enjoyable. I would have to point out that I doubt that anyone involved in producing this film has to clip coupons or shop at K Mart, so being told by a bunch of rich people that "money isn't everything" smacks of hypocrisy AT BEST. At least I got to see Tea Leoni dancing in the shower which almost makes up for the two hours I wasted watching this predictable pap.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

Seems to rarely look at the theme it claims to convey--that married life is preferable to being single. What it really does is contrast being wealthy to being middle-class, though the comparisons it makes mean little. While the final, quasi-climactic scene at last satisifies the wont for a wholly title-appropriate theme the film so lacks, it does so far too late and with little meaning as the ending neither satisfies nor leaves the viewer happy or optimistic. A decent film, still; Cage's and Leoni's chemistry is great and the screenplay isn't terrible. It's just completely off-message for the majority of the film.

rjayhutchinson
Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer

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