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Ladies Man
     

The Ladies Man

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Director: Reggie Hudlin, Tim Meadows, Karyn Parsons, Billy Dee Williams

Cast: Reggie Hudlin, Tim Meadows, Karyn Parsons, Billy Dee Williams

 

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Yet another recurring character from Saturday Night Live makes the jump to the big screen in this comedy. Leon Phelps (Tim Meadows) is the host of a radio call-in show in which he dispenses advice on the fine art of seduction, for which he seems to have quite a talent -- rather surprising, seeing that he's usually broke, nearly everything he says sounds crass

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Yet another recurring character from Saturday Night Live makes the jump to the big screen in this comedy. Leon Phelps (Tim Meadows) is the host of a radio call-in show in which he dispenses advice on the fine art of seduction, for which he seems to have quite a talent -- rather surprising, seeing that he's usually broke, nearly everything he says sounds crass and obvious, and he possesses a fashion sense that would have been gauche in the mid-1970s but seems just plain freakish today. After finally going too far during a broadcast, Leon is fired, but he receives a note from one of his former flames who wants him to come back to her -- and is willing to support him in high style. This sounds just fine with Leon, except she hasn't signed her name, and now Leon has to backtrack through his numerous conquests of the past and figure out who wants him to work his love magic. Meanwhile, a group of husbands who've been cuckolded by Leon, led by Barney (Lee Evans) and Lance (Will Ferrell), are hot on his trail, eager to get revenge. The Ladies' Man also stars Tiffani Thiessen and Karyn Parsons as two of the ladies in Leon's life and Billy Dee Williams as the ultra-smooth proprietor of Lester's Straight-Up Lounge.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Lorne Michaels is at it again, giving another of his babies a big-screen promotion, unaware that the mildly amusing premise of a short sketch faces a tougher task over the course of 90 minutes. Tim Meadows was always strictly a supporting player on Saturday Night Live, so it's no surprise he seems to be looking for help as The Ladies Man -- a lisping, sexually incorrect loveline host who swills Courvoisier and ends sentences with "in the butt." All this could be cheeky and outré in a good way, but Meadows is too passive to make the character outrageous -- which would still leave things short of a good movie. The central joke doesn't work well, either. The character is supposed to be so irresistible that he lures women out of happy marriages and into bed, but what earned the limited laughs on the show was the knowledge that his braggadocio must be totally imagined, because his pickup methods are so bluntly ineffective. Having him actually succeed not only misunderstands the quiddity of Leon Phelps, it also snaps the link to realism, an essential anchor in the best SNL films (such as Wayne's World). But to probe so deeply overlooks the obvious surface problem: The Ladies Man is silly and simplistic, written with little momentum and no insight. Several game supporting actors try in vain to elevate the material -- most successfully, Will Ferrell; most bizarrely, Julianne Moore.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
"The Ladies Man" has some funny, dirty-minded jokes, a few amusing cameos (including Julianne Moore in clown makeup) and a soundtrack loaded with juicy cuts of mid-70's vintage soul and funk: a lot of Gamble and Huff, a soupçon of Isley Brothers and a plateful of Parliament's "Up for the Down Stroke." Mostly it has Tim Meadows as Leon Phelps, a pint-size Don Juan with a foot-high Afro, a heavy lisp and a taste for the finer things in life: Courvoisier, scented candles, water beds and a special product called "Piña Colada Butt Lotion."... It may cross your mind that this is a movie about a black man pursued by a mob of whites intent on castrating him for improper attention to "their women." But Mr. Hudlin is not Spike Lee, and he smothers the potentially volatile political and sexual subtext of the movie in genial silliness.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929302710
Original Release:
2000
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
30,895

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Scene selections; Theatrical trailer; Cast & crew interviews

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Meadows Leon Phelps
Karyn Parsons Julie
Billy Dee Williams Lester
Will Ferrell Lance
Lee Evans Barney
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen Honey DeLune
John Witherspoon Scrap Iron
Jill Talley Candy
Sofia Milos Cheryl
Eugene Levy Bucky
Tamala Jones Teresa
Julianne Moore Audrey
Sean Thibodeau Hugh Hefner
Kevin McDonald Mailman
Shaun Majumder Actor

Technical Credits
Reginald Hudlin Director
Zeljka Alosiniac Set Decoration/Design
Albert Botha Associate Producer
Eydi Caines-Floyd Costumes/Costume Designer
Franco DeCotiis Production Designer
Clarence Ford Choreography
Erin Fraser Executive Producer
Johnny E. Jensen Cinematographer
Doug Johnston Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Levine Executive Producer
Dennis McNicholas Screenwriter
Tim Meadows Screenwriter
Lorne Michaels Producer
Marcus Miller Score Composer
Rick Montgomery Casting
Heidi Smith Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Steele Screenwriter
Bill Stephney Musical Direction/Supervision
Cheryl Toy Art Director
Earl Watson Editor
C. Lewin Webb Asst. Director
Robert Weiss Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Ladies Man
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18

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The Ladies Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ladies man is the funniest movie with tim meadows from saturday night live he plays the ladies man from that show but more longer when he lost his job him and julie have to find another talk show to host when everything goes wrong he got a mysterious letter from one of the ladies he met in the past he starts looking around for her filled with lots of comedy this movie is gonna make you laugh non-stop