The Family Man


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.



Total Count: 128


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Wall Street playboy, Jack Campbell is at the top of his professional game with little time for anything else. Jack's lavish, fast-paced lifestyle drastically changes one snowy Christmas night when he unwittingly stumbles into the middle of a grocery store holdup and in a bold display of self-preservation disarms the gunman. The next morning he wakes up in a suburban New Jersey bedroom lying next to Kate, his college sweetheart who 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 begins to feel strangely comfortable in this new role of loving husband and father to two children. Jack finds himself at a crossroad, where he must choose between his high-powered career and the woman he loves.


Francine York
as Lorraine
Ruth Williamson
as Mrs. Peterson
John O'Donohue
as Tony the Doorman
Tarri Markel
as Neighbor/Party Guest
Daniel Whitner
as Frank the Security Man
Lucy Lin
as Executive No. 1
Lisa Lo Cicero
as Executive No. 2
Thomas James Foster
as Joe the Valet
Irene Roseen
as Mintz's Assistant
Ken Leung
as Deli Clerk
Mak Fai
as Grandfather at Deli
Maggi-Meg Reed
as Lady in Deli
Kate Walsh
as Jeannie
Ray Valentine
as Evelyn's Husband
Tanya Newbould
as Nick's Wife
Hilary Adahms
as Party Guest
Troy Hall
as Kenny
Mary Civiello
as CNBC Reporter
Paul Keith
as Suit Salesman
Christopher Breslin
as Restaurant Patron
Si Picker
as Tire Customer
Lisa Guzman
as Girl at Market
Robert Downey Sr.
as Man in House
P.J. Barry
as Limo Driver
Nina Barry
as Kate's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for The Family Man

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Audience Reviews for The Family Man

  • 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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