To some extent this is a Christmas movie, much like "It's a Wonderful Life", but goes beyond Christmas and beyond Capra's best work. Moreover, Family Man doesn't take itself completely seriously and that's what makes it great. It's a glimpse into what Jack Campbell's life might have been like had he chosen a different path and the realization that perhaps his original choice may not have been the most satisfying. It's not really about what he did in his current life, but what he didn't get to do in a life he didn't choose and that's the difference. The chemistry between Tea Leoni and Nicolas Cage just works. You believe these two are in love and maybe even always loved each other even when they weren't together. Don Cheadle as Cash, whose name should be Clarence, is fantastic. Jack's trying to save Cash from a life gone awry, but it's Cash trying to save Jack that's the real story. Jeremy Piven as the friend of 2nd Path Jack is terrific as he waxes poetic to Jack about what he learned from that Jack that impacted his own life. Mackenzie Vega as Annie nearly steals this movie. I don't know if it's timing and ability or just a kid playing "let's pretend", but she's excellent in the role. The actors assembled simply work as each character is believable. Ratner does an excellent job of not making this film too corny or comical. He carefully weaves the story along with the right amount of humor, seriousness and just the right amount of pathos. It's FIVE STARS from me.
Good to see Lacey Chabert in this heartwarming Christmas movie about an old flame that was put on hold due to circumstances and how despite the years and happenstance that befell each of them, in the end it turned out sweet.
It's a bit sappy and a little forced, but hey it's definitely a date night romantic movie about finding your place and second chances.
A crazy, crazy movie: Due to some circumstance that happened when they were children, Gloria is linked to a kaiju that manifests itself in Seoul Korea. Her life never turning out successful and her subsequent alcoholism finds her being kicked out of her boyfriend Tim's apartment and she returns home befriended by her grammar school chum Oscar who runs a bar which doesn't help her situation. Once she realizes she controls her Kaiju she tells Oscar of this revelation and since his life wasn't any better uses his knowledge that he too controls his own kaiju from that childhood circumstance he taunts & terrorizes Seoul. Suffice it to say despite the abuse she experiences at the hands of Tim and the physical beating she receives from the sickly hateful & jealous Oscar, Gloria turns out to be smarter and deadlier than the male.
Finney and Hepburn shine as Mark and Joanna who take us along for a ride through lust, love, life, heartache, pain and finally a place of comfort and perhaps real love. These weren't easy travels for them, but ultimately, truthful. This isn't a rom-com. In its true sense, it's a life lesson through which Mark and Joanna come out the other end together.
The special effects are great, yet I fail to understand how this film rates as high as it does amongst critics or audiences. It is a mindless mess of a movie, combining elements of Journey to the Center of Earth, Pacific Rim and it borrows from older Godzilla and Kong films and other movies from the Sci-Fi genre. There are a lot of plot holes or Scooby-Doo "Ruh-roh" moments throughout. It will leave you with questions, but you will think long and hard to find answers. If you get to see it for free, great. If you have to spend money, you might want to wait until it hits your local Television network.