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Man Trouble (1992)



Critic Consensus: Man Trouble has brilliant stars and the germ of an interesting idea in its favor, which makes the scattered, unfunny results even more of a disappointment.

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In a rare comedy role, Jack Nicholson plays the owner of an attack-dog service who is hired by an opera singer (Ellen Barkin) to protect her, first, from break-ins but also from a billionaire obsessed with preventing the singer's sister from publishing a tell-all book about him.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Jack Nicholson
as Harry Bliss
Ellen Barkin
as Joan Spruance
Saul Rubinek
as Laurence
David Clennon
as Lewie Duart
John Kapelos
as Detective Melvenos
Lauren Tom
as Adele Bliss
Paul Mazursky
as Lee MacGreevy
Gary Graham
as Butch Gable
Betty Carvalho
as Socorro
Mark Goodman
as Talk Show Host
Robin Greer
as Actress
Mark Jay Goodman
as Talk Show Host
Sandy Ignon
as Director
Ed Kerrigan
as Kenneth Dowler
Daniel J. Goojvin
as Vincent Gallardo
Thomas Griep
as Pianist
Rob LaBelle
as Barman
June Christopher
as Heidi Robles
Matt Ingersoll
as Fingerprinter
Rebecca Broussard
as Hospital Administrator
John D. Russo
as Old Man
Anthony Frederick
as 1st Smoking Guy
Max Delgado
as 2nd Smoking Guy
Jeff Record
as Male Nurse
Gordon Reinhart
as Therapist
David St. James
as Admissions Clerk
Susan Bugg
as Woman in Chorus
Virgil Frye
as Sturge
Ken Thorley
as Dr. Monroe Park
Gerrielani Miyazaki
as Japanese Hostess
Jennifer Yang
as Japanese Waitress
Suzanne Lodge
as On-Camera Reporter
Suzanne Q. Burdeau
as News Reporter
Ginger LaBrie
as News Reporter
as Duke
Charles Tamburro
as Helicopter Pilot
Michael Tamburro
as Helicopter Co-Pilot
Jacqueline M. Allen
as Chorus Member
Stephen W. Anderson
as Chorus Member
Samela A. Beasom
as Chorus Member
Bernice Brightbill
as Chorus Member
Martha L. Cowen
as Chorus Member
Michelle A. Fournier
as Chorus Member
Linda Harmon
as Chorus Member
Ron Hicklin
as Chorus Member
Marie T. Hodgson
as Chorus Member
Laurel L. James
as Chorus Member
Darlene Koldenhoven
as Chorus Member
Cathy A. Larsen
as Chorus Member
Marti C. Pia
as Chorus Member
Gloria Grace Prosper
as Chorus Member
Ellen Rabineer
as Chorus Member
Paula Rasmussen-Novros
as Chorus Member
Mary Heller Rawcliffe
as Chorus Member
Sally Stevens
as Chorus Member
Susan Danielle Stevens
as Chorus Member
Diane O. Thomas
as Chorus Member
Maurita L. Thornburgh
as Chorus Member
Kerry E. Walsh
as Chorus Member
Kari Windingstad
as Chorus Member
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Critic Reviews for Man Trouble

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11)

A stunning disappointment considering the talent involved.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A jaw-dropping Hollywood disaster of Hudson Hawk proportions.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

There was reportedly a great deal of argument and dissent during the making of the film, and it is reflected in its erratic tone and slovenly, indecisive and increasingly incoherent narrative.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It's a lazy-looking movie, amiable and smart, but so fuzzy, in its imagery and structure, that it suggests the sun is getting to everybody, that they all need a dip in the pool.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Rafelson, an accomplished screenwriter, seems unable, or unwilling, to give any shape to this mess.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This is actually a pretty clever idea, and it's certainly ambitious -- too ambitious.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Man Trouble


How could a pairing of Nicolson and Barkin go wrong? I don't think you want to know.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer


What happened? Bob Rafelson, Jack's not hopeless but it certainly wastes a lot of good talent. The wrinting is surprisingly poor, the story just isn't that interesting and tens to drag along a lot. Very ordinary. There is no on screen rapport between Ellen Barkin and Jack Nicholson at all. Her performance is definitely sub-par.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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