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Man of the Year (1995)

Man of the Year (1995)



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This film is a unique combination of documentary, drama and comedy, and uses real people as well as professional actors to chronicle the experiences of Dirk Shafer who in 1992, was voted Playgirl magazine's man of the year. For the athletic, blond and extremely photogenic Shafer this fame was a double-edged sword. On one hand, he really needed the money; on the other, he had just come out of the closet. Still he went for the gusto and spent much of the year touring about and getting interviewed on talk shows. Only a few close friends and family members knew that he was a homosexual; to everyone else he was the epitome of heterosexual masculinity. This naturally, created problems with Mike, the man Shafer wanted to get involved with. Included are filmclips from actual talk-show appearances, and interviews with family and friends, not all of whom were tickled to discover that he was gay.


Dirk Shafer
as Himself
Michael Ornstein
as Mike Miller
Tammy Shafer
as Claudette Sutherland
Ken Shafer
as Cal Bartlett
Calvin Bartlett
as Ken Shafer
as Himself
Cal Bartlett
as Ken Shafer
Mary Stein
as Angela Lucassey
Beth Broderick
as Kelly Bound
Cynthia Szigeti
as Betty Levy
Dennis Bailey
as Howie Diadone
Charles Sloane
as Ed, the Photographer
Patricia Domiano
as Ballroom Dancer
Dawn Christie
as Woman Exercising
Phyllis Franklin
as Dr. Marsha Demarky
Bill Brochtrup
as Pledge Cartwright
Lu Leonard
as Dee Dee Sweatman
Rhonda Dotson
as Lady La Flame
Thom Collins
as Himself
Paul D. Fow
as Rex Chandler
Fort Atkinson
as Buck Hallren
Felix Montano
as Jimmy Morgan
Michael Mueller
as ACT OUT No. 1
Kevin Randy
as Act Out Guy
Kevin Bandy
as ACT OUT No. 2
Brett Sylver
as ACT OUT No. 3
Joe Fusco
as Act Out Stage Manager
Merri Biechler
as Leslie Dameron
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Critic Reviews for Man of the Year

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

This original but ultimately unsuccessful serio-comic look at Dirk Shafer, Playgirl's 1992 centerfold, served as closing night of the 1996 Outfest, and some gay viewers may like it.

Full Review… | December 26, 2006
Top Critic

How the director of Wag the Dog and his Good Morning Vietnam star Robin Williams ended up in this fine mess is anyone's guess.

Full Review… | January 31, 2007

...half unfunny comedy and half uncompelling drama.

October 20, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Man of the Year

Unusual part documentary and part mockumentary, it's often hard to tell what is real and what isn't. Whatever the case it is interesting and also very funny at times. Cleverly put together by director star Dirk Shafer.

James Higgins
James Higgins

[center][font=Century Gothic][u][size=5]Man of the Year Review [/size][/u][size=5][size=2] [b]Rating: 3.7/10 Rated: PG-13 Starring: Robin Williams, Laura Linney, Lewis Black, Christopher Walken, and Jeff Goldbum Genre: Comedy/Thriller [color=Green]My Grade: D+ [/color][/b][color=Green][color=Black]"Man of the Year" was the film with potential that just couldn't make up its mind about what it wanted to be about, so it just crumbled beneath its feet. Like so many of the other "political comedies" that have come out in the past years like "Welcome to Mooseport", "Head of State", and "American Dreamz"... "Man of the Year" isn't funny enough to be called a comedy and it doesn't have enough to say that really means anything to the audience. Barry Levinson who started off his career strong and went down from here (his past film being one of the worst films of all time "Envy") he keeps going down with "Man of the Year." Like so many other so-called comedies of the last year, this film suffers from the indecisive and horrific illness called "The Click Syndrome"... it just can't make up its mind at all, so we're given two genres that just don't mix well. [img][/img] While Robin Williams has his hilarious quips and some very funny little bits during the "debate" scene, he just can't keep this movie on its two feet. Laura Linney and Jeff Goldblum are left in the dust with an absolutely ridiculous backstory that is more thriller and horror, than it is funny. The audience is asked of to care about Williams' story about becoming president, but its so hard to do because there's this other unneeded story about this computer ballot that turns into a chaotic suspense story lacking any sort of sense. I wanted to like this movie, but there's really no possible way that you can. Neither story is developed enough... so, the audience doesn't care about either story... or the movie for that matter. [b]Concensus: [/b]An indecisive little film, that suffers from annoying genre-switches... its not funny or suspenseful enough to make anything work. [img][/img] [size=4][u][b]Next Review: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints[/b][/u][/size] [/color][/color][/size][/size][/font][/center]

Shawn Fraxon
Shawn Fraxon

Unusual part documentary and part mockumentary, it's often hard to tell what is real and what isn't. Whatever the case it is interesting and also very funny at times. Cleverly put together by director star Dirk Shafer.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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