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Man of the House (2005)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 58

A high-concept movie that plays out like a mediocre TV sitcom.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 15

A high-concept movie that plays out like a mediocre TV sitcom.



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Directed by Stephen Herek, Man of the House follows hard-nosed Texas Ranger Lt. Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones) in an undercover job as a cheerleading coach. Though his assignment is fairly cut-and-dried -- after witnessing the murder of a federal informant, a group of cheerleaders from the University of Texas need temporary protection -- he ends up forming a variety of unexpected and decidedly less simple relationships. Aside from his immersion into the struggles and triumphs of the UT


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone

Jul 19, 2005


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The image that best sums up this dismal comedy is Cedric the Entertainer cringing over a cell phone that's been hidden in a cow's rectum.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This makes an even worse job of its premise than you might expect, leaving it to the usual sidekick, Cedric the Entertainer, to provide the occasional laugh as a convict-turned-holy man.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Dull comedy.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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None of the girls are demonstrably embarrassed to be in the film, which speaks to either their work ethic or their poor taste.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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I venture that this is not what we really want from Tommy Lee Jones.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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It's got a lot of small movies bouncing around inside it, but there's no big movie on the outside.

February 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Not too much to cheer about in this lame movie.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A guilty pleasure and one I had a very good time with.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Anyone who's ever built a shrine to Tommy Lee Jones may enjoy this -- but it would take several troops of cheerleaders to muster up enthusiasm from anyone else.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The highlights, or at least breaks from the tedium, come from Cedric The Entertainer.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Há duas ou três piadinhas que funcionam, mas Tommy Lee Jones parece deslocado e a direção aposta demais nos corpos - fabulosos, é verdade - de suas atrizes.

September 12, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Yes, boys and girls, this is a comedy that, in the year 2005, thinks a montage set to Right Said Fred's greatest hit would be hysterical.

July 19, 2005 Full Review Source:

Man of the House is an amiable trifle that might be a guilty pleasure if it were better.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Essentially, then, the film is an excuse for Tommy Lee Jones to do his craggy hard man act in a house full of scantily-clad cheerleaders.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Overall the film is as static as its star's face which -- given the large amount of scantily-clad female flesh on display -- is really quite an achievement.

April 5, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

Small wonder this turkey, which required three screenwriters, has been sitting on the shelf for two years.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Goofy, good natured fun and, with all the dazzling bodies, can we really come away from it wanting more?

March 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Fun, enjoyable, cute...made all the more endurable thanks to the obviously good-humoured Lee Jones

March 11, 2005 | Comment (1)

The few moments of sharp humour in this film just aren't quite enough to make it work.

March 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Tommy Lee Jones the Concept is Firmly Established

March 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

Give me a "T" for terrible.

March 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Flimsy, vapid, formulaic fish-out-of-water comedy

March 8, 2005 Full Review Source:

It all feels like something Troy McClure could star in.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Man of the House

Tommy Lee doesn't really go with comedy (in my opinion) but this movie wasn't that bad. It has some good laughs. And man those cheerleaders are so stupid. Are they really like that in real life? Oh well.
February 14, 2011
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July 29, 2010

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Plot: Tommy Lee Jones=Texas Ranger (stretch). Longhorn cheerleaders= murder witnesses. Tommy Lee Jones + murder witnesses = hilarity when worlds collide.

Paper thin plot that fails miserably. Thank god he followed this up with No Country For Old Men or I would have to call him Cuba. A pure shit sandwich kids.
February 7, 2010

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i like this movie its good funny and worth a watch
April 14, 2009
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