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A committed performance from Christopher Plummer can't save Man in the Chair's troubled and cliched script. Read critic reviews

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A surly relic (Christopher Plummer) of old Hollywood helps a teen (Michael Angarano) make a movie.

Cast & Crew

M. Emmet Walsh
Mickey Hopkins
Robert Wagner
Taylor Moss
Mimi Kennedy
Judy Kincaid
Jody Ashworth
Orson Welles
John Rezig
Young Flash
George Murdock
Richard Butler
Margaret Blye
Mildred Bahr
Francesca Robert
Juanita
James O'Connell
Big John
Ellen Geer
Mrs. Erskine
Dana Gonzales
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Terry Cafaro
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Laura Karpman
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Carol Strober
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Dorit Oberman
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Tricia Gray
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Critic Reviews for Man in the Chair

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (18)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • Man In The Chair feels a bit like a high school movie project, which is appropriate since that's exactly what it's about.

    January 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 21, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The movie works so hard at juggling its clichs that it fails to generate interest in its story.

    December 21, 2007 | Rating: 1.5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 27, 2009
    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.
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