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Family Man

The Family Man

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Director: Brett Ratner, Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle

Cast: Brett Ratner, Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle


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In this whimsical romantic comedy that recalls It's a Wonderful Life, Nicolas Cage plays Jack Campbell, a workaholic bachelor who gets to see what his life might have been like had he stayed with his old sweetheart, Kate (Tea Leoni). Thirteen years before, Jack accepted a brokerage internship that marred his relationship with Kate, under the promise that they


In this whimsical romantic comedy that recalls It's a Wonderful Life, Nicolas Cage plays Jack Campbell, a workaholic bachelor who gets to see what his life might have been like had he stayed with his old sweetheart, Kate (Tea Leoni). Thirteen years before, Jack accepted a brokerage internship that marred his relationship with Kate, under the promise that they would only be separated one year. But much later, Jack has become an urban Wall Street exec with no wife or family of his own, and a mysterious proxy (Don Cheadle) offers him the opportunity to step into the life he left behind. After falling asleep in his posh New York apartment, Jack awakens to find himself in bed with his now-wife Kate, daughter Annie (Makenzie Vega), and a new baby, none of which he has ever experienced in his fast-paced single life. After discovering his "real" life has been eliminated, he begrudgingly tries to fit in with his newly appointed life as a family man. The Family Man also stars Saul Rubinek and Jeremy Piven.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Ghosts of A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life haunt The Family Man, a 2000 comedy from director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour). Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) -- a wealthy, womanizing bachelor in Manhattan -- wakes up one Christmas morning to discover that he is a suburban tire salesman and is married to the woman (Téa Leoni) he dumped 13 years earlier to pursue his investment-banking career. This alternate reality comes complete with two kids and a dog, and the comic potential of the situation is milked to its fullest, as Cage stumbles unhappily through nuclear-family routines. Changing diapers, making breakfast, and walking the pooch are clearly the stuff of Jack's nightmares -- until the upside of his new situation gradually becomes apparent to him. With a straightforward premise and few plot twists, The Family Man relies on the strength of its lead actors. While Cage is certainly more than effective, it is Leoni who anchors the film with smarts and sexiness, as a woman still madly in love with her husband of more than a decade. Don Cheadle adds some spice as the ersatz angel who gives Campbell this "glimpse," and Jeremy Piven is solidly cast as Campbell's suburban bowling buddy and best friend. For all those who've wondered what their lives would have been like if they had taken that other fork in the road, The Family Man is likely to kindle a few daydreams.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A mishmash of earlier and better-thought-out holiday fables, The Family Man is redeemed by the warm, emotional performances of leads Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni. Embodying elements of every great Christmas story, from Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol to It's a Wonderful Life (1946), the film wanders through "message film" territory with considerable charm and humor but without much focus or precision. Subplots involving the blue-collar job of main character Jack Campbell, his relationship to his boss/father-in-law (Harve Presnell), and a possible extramarital affair are set up then hastily abandoned. Troubling too is the script's repeated assertion that a loving, committed marriage with children is too at odds with career success for both to be enjoyed simultaneously. The Family Man seems to want especially badly to make a grand statement about the struggle to balance family and work, but its conclusion seems to be that one must always be sacrificed for the other, not a particularly cogent or sagacious argument. Director Brett Ratner has much greater success with his cast, drawing top-notch work particularly from Cage, an actor prone to explore bizarre character tics and personality nuances when left too much to his own devices, but who delivers a surprisingly sympathetic and heartfelt performance here. Leoni rounds out her big-screen resume with a tender, compassionate role that is a welcome contrast to the cool, austere career woman she portrayed in her most recent film, Deep Impact (1998).

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Universal Studios
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[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Opening scene with Alternate Music Track; Outtakes; Spotlight on location; Hi, Jack Montage; Music videos: Seal "This Could Be Heaven"; Feature Commentary with Director Brett Ratner & Writers David Diamond & David Weissman; Feature Commentary with Producer Marc Abraham; Music Score Commentary with Composer Danny Elfman; Choose Your Fate Game

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Jack Campbell
Téa Leoni Kate
Don Cheadle Cash
Jeremy Piven Arnie
Saul Rubinek Alan Mintz
Josef Sommer Lassiter
Makenzie Vega Annie
Jake Milkovich Josh
Ryan Milkovich Josh
Lisa Thornhill Evelyn
Harve Presnell Big Ed
Mary Beth Hurt Adelle
Amber Valletta Paula
Francine York Lorraine
John O'Donohue Tony the Doorman
Daniel Whitner Frank the Security Man
Tarri Markel Neighbor/Party Guest

Technical Credits
Brett Ratner Director
Marc Abraham Producer
Matthew Barry Casting
Armyan Bernstein Executive Producer
Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
Andrew Z. Davis Executive Producer
David Diamond Screenwriter
Danny Elfman Score Composer
James M. Freitag Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Nancy Green-Keyes Casting
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Helfrich Editor
Gary Jones Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Ludwig Producer
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Leslie Pope Set Decoration/Design
Alan Riche Producer
Zvi Howard Rosenman Producer
Lori Rowbotham Set Decoration/Design
Steven A. Saklad Art Director
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
David Weissman Screenwriter
Kristi Zea Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Family Man
1. Early History [:02]
2. Main Titles [4:13]
3. Jack the Businessman [2:27]
4. A Different Life [:15]
5. What's Happening? [7:01]
6. Being a Parent [3:14]
7. A Tire Salesman [5:38]
8. The Men's Department [7:11]
9. Reminiscing [6:51]
10. Cake Wars [1:08]
11. Home Movies [:46]
12. Happy Anniversary [5:44]
13. Peter Lassiter [6:38]
14. A Perfect Life? [2:24]
15. Saying Goodbye [4:05]
16. The Old Life [3:01]
17. One Last Try [3:13]
18. End Titles [:51]


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The Family Man 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching, funny, makes you think, but enjoyable in the process.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿The Family Man¿ is one of my all-time favorite holiday (or other) films. Younger people (I was 45 when this film was new) and the critics generally missed the point of this film and didn¿t enjoy it as much as older beings like myself. This is the greatest movie ever for a night of mellow nostalgia and for playing that gentle mental game of ¿what might have been¿¿ I think that is one reason why this had to be a Holiday film, because the best time for that kind of mild introspection is the Christmas season. The greatest strength of this movie is the amazing performance put in by Nicholas Cage who is clearly a genius, even when you otherwise don¿t enjoy the movie he¿s in. Scenic special bonus: Téa Leoni who puts in a boffo performance as Cage¿s lost love.
SurvivorKN More than 1 year ago
Nothing corny about this movie! This must become a classic so it can influence the current generation and many to come. What a heartwarming 'glimpse' into a definition of success that embodies 'true values'. This movie is so well put together and delivers such a profound message. I hope it gets playing time in every home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all have choices in life - some we make consciously, some sub-consciously. This movie does make you ' think ' about all of our ' choices ' we make and the ones we don't make. Life is short, if you don't like it - make a different choice. It's never too late - until you decide it's too late... then life is over, and you are just along for the ride. Great film - one of the best.
19thCenturyWoman More than 1 year ago
Escapism does exist within this story. Something most all of us can relate to...the "what ifs" we ask ourselves during the course of our lives. What if I had done this or that, or what if I had pursued that relationship with a certain person who crossed the path of our life? What would my life look like now? Better? Worse? Did I do the right thing? Marry the right person? You can still dream through this movie and laugh at the same time. Of course in the end, you still don't know what the real outcome was. Keeps you wondering & using your imagination. It's a "feel good" movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic movie. It has to be the best movie I have ever seen. This movie shows what life would be like if you took another path.I would recommend it to any one. It makes you think, and I like those kinds of movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A feel good film with likeable real characters you can identify with, and one or two of those brilliant tearful moments when you connect with the sadness of your own decisions in life, and what might have been. Love it !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nick Cage and Tia L are fantastic in this modern day ''It's a wonderful life''. The irony is unlike ''It's a wondeful life'' Jack's (Nick Cage) finds out life is better in it's altered state (thanks to a glimpse compliments of your friendly neighborhood angel)then his current reality. Funny, Touching, Sad, Feel good. This movie has it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie really hit home for me. It paints such a realistic picture of the life that might have been had he chosen the thing that really matters-love. For all those who need a wake-up call into making maybe the most important decision in their lives, this movie tells it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, yes, ''Family Man'' borrows liberally from ''It's a Wonderful Life''...which borrowed liberally from another Jimmy Stewart film, ''You Can't Take It With You''. Regardless, ''Family Man'' is a choice vehicle for Nicholas Cage, who adds considerable depth to his comedic roles, ala ''It Could Happen To You'' and my personal favorite, ''Valley Girl''. You may find yourself imagining Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant in the role, and recognizing that Cage is holding his own pretty well. Edit out the handful of 4-letter words, and this could easily become a family Christmas classic.
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