A Family Man

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A Family Man has some worthy ideas, but they're bungled in a middle-of-the-road melodrama populated by thinly sketched -- and occasionally downright unlikeable -- characters.



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A Chicago personnel recruiter (Gerald Butler) is hungry to stay on top of his competitive profession, but when his son (Max Jenkins) is diagnosed with cancer, his priorities are called into question.

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Gerard Butler
as Dane Jensen
Alison Brie
as Lynn Vogel
Willem Dafoe
as Ed Blackridge
Gretchen Mol
as Elise Jensen
Alfred Molina
as Unemployed Engineer

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Suffers from sentimental overload and a tidal wave of conscience-searching clichés.

Aug 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Not great, not terrible, mostly bearable, occasionally insufferable; you might watch it all the way through if you were tucked into a blanket on a couch and weren't so thirsty, hungry or in need of a bathroom break that you felt compelled to get up.

Jul 28, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Alternately crass and treacly, overbearing and under-finessed, the film ... is on life support from get-go.

Jul 27, 2017 | Full Review…

A loathsome redemption tale that rings false on every front.

Sep 27, 2016 | Full Review…

The whole thing reeks of a vanity project for Butler (who also produced), affording him the chance to showboat as a Gordon Gekko type trying to redeem himself.

Sep 15, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Never rises above polished plastic, formulaic, and pedestrian.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…
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