Management

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Overview

After a one-night fling, a motel manager Steve Zahn impulsively follows a small-time art dealer Jennifer Aniston across the country in this romantic comedy from playwright-turned-director Stephen Belber. Woody Harrelson co-stars as Aniston's wealthy boyfriend in the MGM production.
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Overview

After a one-night fling, a motel manager Steve Zahn impulsively follows a small-time art dealer Jennifer Aniston across the country in this romantic comedy from playwright-turned-director Stephen Belber. Woody Harrelson co-stars as Aniston's wealthy boyfriend in the MGM production.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary featuring Steve Zahn and Director Stephen Belber; ; Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Management starts out with some promise. Faced with hotel night manager Mike's Steve Zahn desperate persistence, traveling saleswoman Sue Jennifer Aniston questions his pathetic M.O., he admits that it never works, and she being impulsive only in her benevolence charitably asks him, "What would constitute having it work?" It's not like we haven't seen a shaggy man-child character like Mike before. Zahn has even played one or two. He's good at it. And it's not really a big surprise that an uptight businesswoman like Sue would, in an uncharacteristically unguarded moment, throw caution to the wind and have a fling with Mike. Lovable losers like Mike, who somehow bed attractive and comparatively very successful women like Sue, are as plentiful as comedic protagonists in the age of Apatow. It's just that there's enough genuine creepy awkwardness and low-rent shabbiness in these early scenes to make one hope that something fresher than "boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-matures-nearly-imperceptibly, boy-gets-girl" is afoot. Sadly, Management is formulaic indie romantic comedy at its core. This means both good things a decent soundtrack heavily featuring the New Pornographers and a hipster Asian sidekick, played here with much appreciated vitality by James Liao and bad: Sue's straw-man ex is a former punk rocker-turned-yogurt magnate named Jango Woody Harrelson. Other instances of strained quirkiness include Mike's training as a Buddhist monk and a scene where he skydives into Jango's swimming pool to get Sue's attention. Zahn is roughly charming and Aniston admirably uningratiating, so it's more palatable than it might have been. Still, it's a film that subjugates character to plot, so the only clear explanation as to why Sue's feelings for Mike change when they do has more to do with running time and Hollywood convention than with anything organic to the material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • UPC: 014381540659
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 82,792

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Aniston Sue Claussen
Steve Zahn Mike Cranshaw
Woody Harrelson Jango
Margo Martindale , Trish, Trish Cranshaw
Tzi Ma , Truc Quoc
Fred Ward Jerry Cranshaw, , Jerry
James Liao Al,
Mark Boone Jr. Jack
Katie O'Grady Corporate Bliss Receptionist
Yolanda Suarez Marissa
Kevin Heffernan Jed
Don Stewart Burns Businessman
Kimberly Howard Colleague
Collin Crowley Wally
Easy Dent Barry
Technical Credits
Stephen Belber Director, Screenwriter
Jennifer Aniston Executive Producer
Judy Becker Production Designer
Marty Bowen Producer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Michael Danna Score Composer
Harry Dawson Camera Operator
Lauren Dickey Casting
Simon Dobbin Art Director
Eric Alan Edwards Cinematographer
Jordana Glick-Franzheim Associate Producer
Wyck Godfrey Producer
Jeffrey P. Greeley Camera Operator
Jonathan Harris Casting
William Horberg Executive Producer
Sidney Kimmel Producer
Christopher Lawrence Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Middleton Casting
Nan Morales Executive Producer
John Moyer Camera Operator
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Kate Sanford Editor
Rob Simonsen Score Composer
Donald Sparks Asst. Director
Jim Tauber Executive Producer
Bruce Toll Executive Producer
Lana Veenker Casting
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    I'm buying several for Valentine's Day gifts!

    Wow! I just caught this movie on cable, and I am now going to order several copies of this DVD to send to family and friends for Valentine's Day. I laughed, I cried, I felt wonderful watching this film. I am not a Jennifer Aniston fan exactly, so I think that really says something about this film. I couldn't recommend this one enough!!! It had lots to offer about friendship, family, love, honesty, and living for yourself.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    lame boring movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one very seriously lame and boring movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Management

    Mike (Steve Zahn) is the night manager at a small motel owned by his parents (Margo Martindale and Fred Ward). One night a traveling saleswoman, Sue (Jennifer Aniston), stops by for a night's stay while she attends meetings in Arizona, and Mike is immediately smitten. Originally creeped out by Mike's advances, Sue decides to throw him a bone before she leaves to go back to Maryland. Mike can't get enough of Sue, and proceeds to buy a one way ticket to visit her in Maryland.

    In 2009 we saw the wrong way to make a romantic stalker comedy with All About Steve, but before that playwright and screenwriter Stephen Belber offered up Management. Having worked as a writer in residence at Juliard as well as having received commissions from Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, the Hungtington Theater, Arena Stage, and Philadelphia Theater Company he seemed like the perfect choice to write and helm this type of semi-romantic comedy. Add to that the charm of Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston and it would seem that you would have a sure-fire hit.

    Unfortunately, you'd be wrong. Not to say that the movie's bad, but it unfortunately bombed at the box office. To be honest, the quirkiness of this movie isn't for everyone, but the natural charm of Steve Zahn makes his slight bit of creepiness palpable. But Stephen Belber fleshes out his characters making their actions more understandable at times when you'd typically be asking, "What's going on here?" And while you might still find yourself saying that at times in the movie, but as you move further through the narrative you find more of the motivation for their actions.

    The acting is pretty good, which has a lot to do with the likability of the actors. Steve Zahn hits the right note between creepy and sincere/naivete. Jennifer Aniston is better than I typically think she is as Mike's love interest, a girl with a bit of a complex for always helping people. The movie is stolen by a cameo in the second act by Woody Harrelson as Sue's on again off again boyfriend and ex-punk Jango. As always I'm amazed at how well a hippy can play a badass!

    As always though, Management is an indie movie that falls into that trap of most indie movies: quirkiness for the sake of being quirky. While Steve Zahn plays his role very well and makes him believable, the writing doesn't do much for the character making him simply too naïve and too much of a simpleton. Also, at first, you can't really read Aniston's character at the beginning of the movie, and her choice to sleep with Mike seems off-putting and can turn off viewers early on.

    I did enjoy this movie, but I do really think that it's not really for everyone. It's a decent movie, and I recommend it if you feel the inclination. Not quite good enough to be apart of my collection, but worth a viewing.

    3/5

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A romantic comedy with great performances

    I usually enjoy romantic comedies to a point but they almost all have the same plot and get a little tiresome after a while...I gave this movie a chance and though the plot is redundant as per usual, what made this movie great was the performances by Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, Woody Harrelson, and James Liao. They were not bland characters at all like some rom-coms and I found myself laughing out loud at Steve Zahn's character's awkwardness in some scenes. I later watched Zahn in another role and he was completely different...it made me quite impressed with his acting skills. He and Jennifer are a good couple (in the movie) as they aren't two people you would probably think to put together. All in all, I really liked this movie as it brought a lot of great comedy and talent to what would otherwise be a bland story.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I was not previously familiar with this title, but after having seen it in the red box and with the cast that was in it, it seemed like it might be a pretty decent watch, so I went ahead and rented it. I was not quite sure what to think about it at first, because it was a little slow getting started, almost borderline dull to a degree, but it didn't take long for it to pick up. It actually started getting rather funny & quarky, and there was also this Chinese American guy that came in at one point during the movie that was pretty hilarious. Aside from being funny, it is also fairly emotional in a several parts, and the end of this movie is rather touching. Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, Woody Harrelson, Margo Martindale, and Fred Ward were great in this...the whole cast did fairly well in fact. If you like comedy & romance, definitely give this one a try. I think you'll like it.

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