Man in the Chair (2007)



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

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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.
PG-13 (for language and thematic elements)
Comedy , Drama
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Christopher Plummer
as Glenn 'Flash' Madden
Michael Angarano
as Cameron Kinkaid
M. Emmet Walsh
as Mickey Hopkins
Robert Wagner
as Taylor Moss
Joshua Boyd
as Murphy White
George Murdock
as Richard
Taber Schroeder
as Brett Raven
Allan Rich
as Speed
Rob Reinis
as Teacher
John Rezig
as Young Flash
Tracey Walter
as Mr. Klein
Pete Antico
as Murray
Johnny Cocktails
as Video Store Manager
David McDivitt
as Camera Crew Member
Julia Vera
as Montana
Kevin Benton
as Security Guard
James O'Connell
as Big John
Ellen Geer
as Mrs. Erksine
Declan Joyce
as Officer Rowe
Jodi Ashworth
as Orson Welles
Maggie Blye
as Mildred Bahr
Arne Starr
as Gregg Toland
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Critic Reviews for Man in the Chair

All Critics (35) | 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 23, 2008
Time Out
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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
Chicago Tribune
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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
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[An] elegant documentary.

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

A ramshackle but likeable story

December 9, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Man in the Chair


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.

Karl Vanderhoof
Karl Vanderhoof

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Stylish cinematography, well written and very well acted. Disturbing at times, but it was always interesting. Michael Angarano is a fine young actor. Good score and script.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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