Man in the Chair (2007)
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as Glenn 'Flash' Madden
as Cameron Kinkaid
as Mickey Hopkins
as Taylor Moss
as Murphy White
as Brett Raven
as Young Flash
as Mr. Klein
as Video Store Manager
as Camera Crew Member
as Security Guard
as Big John
as Mrs. Erksine
as Officer Rowe
as Orson Welles
as Mildred Bahr
as Gregg Toland
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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.
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.
The movie works so hard at juggling its clichés that it fails to generate interest in its story.
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.
A ramshackle but likeable story
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.
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.
The movie works so hard at juggling its cliches that it fails to generate sufficient interest in its story.
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