The Family Man

Critics Consensus

Despite good performances by Cage and especially by Leoni, The Family Man is too predictable and derivative to add anything new to the Christmas genre. Also, it sinks under its sentimentality.

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Jack's lavish, fast-paced lifestyle changes one Christmas night when he stumbles into a grocery store holdup and disarms the gunman. The next morning he wakes up in bed lying next to Kate (Tea Leoni), his college sweetheart he left in order to pursue his career, and to the horrifying discovery that his former life no longer exists. As he stumbles through this alternate suburban universe, Jack finds himself at a crossroad where he must choose between his high-power career and the woman he loves.

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Critic Reviews for The Family Man

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  • Dec 19, 2012
    Wall Street investor Jack Campbell gets a glimpse at the life that could have been in the holiday film The Family Man. The cast includes Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni, and Don Cheadle, who all give great performances and have strong onscreen chemistry. The comedy's lighthearted and good-natured, though some of it's a little obvious. And the writing has some cleverness to it, as it retells a familiar tale in a new and engaging way. Though it may be formulaic, The Family Man is an inspiring Capraesque film that has a bit of magic to it.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2012
    The film is nothing new. This has all been done before. But what makes "THE FAMILY MAN" so enjoyable is the stellar cast. Don Cheadle. Saul Rubinek. Jeremy Piven. Tea Leoni. Josef Sommer. All of them give excellent performances that not only save the movie, but make it interesting to watch. Even compelling. But, even with the efforts of this cast, the inability to give the audience anything new, or fresh, everything just feels so familiar that this film ends up falling a bit on the mediocre side.
    Bryan D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    Good storyline and a great film with Nicolas Cage making a great 'Family Man' character. A must see!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2011
    The fact that it's a failure of a Christmas spin off of It's A Wonderful Life, does not meet the acting potential.
    Bryce I Super Reviewer

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