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[A] drearily quirky mess.
An entertaining kinky kick of a movie, a lightweight delight about dreamers and dilettantes.
The Extra Man is a disappointment coming from Berman and Pulcini, whose American Splendor was an imaginative biopic about the late comic-book author Harvey Pekar.
Dano and Kline are very fine performers. So why is this comedy such a chore? The answer appears to be whimsy overload.
Swifter comedic timing and a clearer narrative thread might have helped center this peculiar adaptation of Jonathan Ames's 1998 novel of the same name. Then again, maybe not.
Some actors are dinner. Kevin Kline is dessert, and his comic brio saves the film version of The Extra Man from its limitations.
But there's a level of humanity lacking at the center of all that forced quirkiness. These characters don't feel like people so much as harsh, animated bundles of affectations. It's lonely in there.
My goodness, there's an awful lot of acting going on here.
Kevin Kline's tour de force, a performance of uncommon joie de vivre.
A typical Sundance type comedy that confuses quirkiness with humor. Needless to say, it stars Paul Dano in his typically weird character role. A totally annoying film.
Belly laughs are few and far between but the overarching tone of silliness deftly underscored by the human experience makes for a largely fulfilling cinematic experience.
Kevin Kline, who has a gift for this kind of characterization, heads up a talented trio of actors, all playing extremely quirky characters who are borderline pathological, but funny and harmless.
A former English professor with curiosities about his sexual identity rooms with a modern-day fop in Manhattan.
This is a quirky, whimsical comedy that has more than a few chuckle lines delivered by the irrepressible Kevin Kline. Kline's character is a fop, a fool who fancies himself a gentleman, and with over-wrought aphorisms his instruction of Louis, played by the demure Paul Dano, provides much of the film's delightful comic moments.
There are times when the film overdoes its quirk, especially in the falsetto voice of John C. Reilly and some of the situations Louis's sexuality puts him into. On the flip side is the Katie Holmes character; the bland actress plays "the girl," a part with no personality and little use to the film's plot.
Overall, The Extra Man features of a fine comic team in Kline and Dano, but their talents could have been put to better use had the film been more subtle; if only Miranda July, who adds just the right pinches of quirk, could have directed it...
Been passing over this one at Blockbuster for a while now. Mostly I was interested to see this for Lecy Goranson. There was nothing else there of interest.
Having watched it, that's still true. Story is okay, young guy who enjoys cross dressing
Loses his job and winds up moving and sharing a flat with a much older man who works as an escort. It's a bit slow and some of the characters I just found irritating.
Lecy is only in it for five minutes at the end, but that scene is a highlight and quite funny.
It's an okay movie to watch just once, but missing it would be okay too.
"They're not gigolos, they're gentlemen."
A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing.
I have always liked Kevin Kline, but even he couldn't save this movie for me. Mostly boring with very few, tiny laughs. Paul Dano really does nothing for the film. Dano and Kline play the Odd Couple very well, but the very slow-moving, go-nowhere, boring script makes the whole thing most uninteresting. Sad really. I had high hopes for this...
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