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The Family Man (2000)

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Critic 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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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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for sensuality and some language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Cast

Téa Leoni
as Kate
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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All Critics (128) | Top Critics (32)

It's rare that an American movie lets slip such a snobbish distaste for the humdrum lives of its blue-collar audience base, but of course it doesn't last.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A series of moments, sentimental and comic, that never do add up to a coherent fable.

March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The outsize ticky tackiness of Jack's new life has been stitched together out of the broadest possible series of middle American clichés.

Full Review… | December 22, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Too much of the movie is pure formula nonsense.

Full Review… | December 22, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's the sort of steamroller seasonal entertainment calculated to make us average folks out here feel temporarily warm and happy about our averageness.

December 22, 2000
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The absolute choices it forces on its hapless hero are far too mutually exclusive to be credible.

December 22, 2000
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for The Family Man

Good storyline and a great film with Nicolas Cage making a great 'Family Man' character. A must see!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

½

Corporate raider and hedonist playboy Nicolas Cage wakes up one morning to find himself living the life he would have led if he'd not chosen his career over an old girlfriend. In other words: 1 Cage wakes up surrounded by kids and associated mess 2 Runs around shocked by the fact that all his rich pals don't recognise him 3 Is horrified by nappies 4 Has a trademark Cage rant about how crappy his new life is 5 Finally learns "what's important" 6 Is dumped back in his old life, to his dismay 7 *Hallmark moment* CREDITS As you can see, The Family Man follows the formula of the feelgood holiday movie to the letter and will warm either your heart or your sick bucket depending on taste. As a film, I'd have to say it's too long and not particularly funny although Don Cheadle's all too brief appearance is reasonably enjoyable. I would have to point out that I doubt that anyone involved in producing this film has to clip coupons or shop at K Mart, so being told by a bunch of rich people that "money isn't everything" smacks of hypocrisy AT BEST. At least I got to see Tea Leoni dancing in the shower which almost makes up for the two hours I wasted watching this predictable pap.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

Seems to rarely look at the theme it claims to convey--that married life is preferable to being single. What it really does is contrast being wealthy to being middle-class, though the comparisons it makes mean little. While the final, quasi-climactic scene at last satisifies the wont for a wholly title-appropriate theme the film so lacks, it does so far too late and with little meaning as the ending neither satisfies nor leaves the viewer happy or optimistic. A decent film, still; Cage's and Leoni's chemistry is great and the screenplay isn't terrible. It's just completely off-message for the majority of the film.

Jay Hutchinson
Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer

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