Man of the House


Man of the House (2005)


Critic Consensus: A high-concept movie that plays out like a mediocre TV sitcom.


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Directed by Stephen Herek, Man of the House follows hard-nosed Texas Ranger Lt. Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones) in an undercover job as a cheerleading coach. Though his assignment is fairly cut-and-dried -- after witnessing the murder of a federal informant, a group of cheerleaders from the University of Texas need temporary protection -- he ends up forming a variety of unexpected and decidedly less simple relationships. Aside from his immersion into the struggles and triumphs of the UT cheerleading squad (Monica Keena, Kelli Garner, Christina Milian, Paula Garces, and Vanessa Ferlito), Roland finds himself dealing with a strong attraction to college professor Molly McCarthy (Anne Archer). Formerly titled Cheer Up, Man of the House also features supporting performances from Brian Van Holt, Shea Whigham, and Paget Brewster.

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Tommy Lee Jones
as Roland Sharp
Anne Archer
as Molly McCarthy
Brian Van Holt
as Eddie Zane
Shea Whigham
as Ranger Holt
Curtis Armstrong
as Morgan Ball
Liz Vassey
as Margaret Swanson
Shannon Woodward
as Emma Sharp
R. Lee Ermey
as Capt. Nichols
Paget Brewster
as Binky Beauregard
Sarah Monahan
as TV Reporter
Robert Newell
as Newspaper Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Man of the House

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (20)

The image that best sums up this dismal comedy is Cedric the Entertainer cringing over a cell phone that's been hidden in a cow's rectum.

Mar 7, 2007 | Full Review…

This makes an even worse job of its premise than you might expect, leaving it to the usual sidekick, Cedric the Entertainer, to provide the occasional laugh as a convict-turned-holy man.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The highlights, or at least breaks from the tedium, come from Cedric The Entertainer.

Sep 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Dull comedy.

Mar 3, 2005 | Full Review…

None of the girls are demonstrably embarrassed to be in the film, which speaks to either their work ethic or their poor taste.

Mar 3, 2005 | Full Review…

I venture that this is not what we really want from Tommy Lee Jones.

Mar 3, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Man of the House

A feel-good movie with Tommy Lee Jones acting as a father figure to five ditzy cheerleaders. Not his best effort.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Tommy Lee doesn't really go with comedy (in my opinion) but this movie wasn't that bad. It has some good laughs. And man those cheerleaders are so stupid. Are they really like that in real life? Oh well.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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Richard C
Richard C

Super Reviewer

Plot: Tommy Lee Jones=Texas Ranger (stretch). Longhorn cheerleaders= murder witnesses. Tommy Lee Jones + murder witnesses = hilarity when worlds collide. Paper thin plot that fails miserably. Thank god he followed this up with No Country For Old Men or I would have to call him Cuba. A pure shit sandwich kids.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

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