Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Jeremy Piven and Don Cheadle
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Yeah, that's the tag line to Family Man.
Sometimes we all wonder...what if I married that pot smoking,
hard drinking, remedial class Neanderthal studboy named Rob
instead of pursuing an uber career? Would I be happy with 3.5
kids, a mini-van and a steady flow of Swanson TV meals from
the freezer. Or be sitting drooling, quazi-sedated in a padded
cell? What if...
Campbell (Nicolas ' Here for your viewing pleasure gals"
Cage) gets just that chance. A glimpse into what his life could
have been had he made different decisions.
Now? Well, Jack's president of a titan Wall Street firm hell
bent on the good things in life. His apartment ,er, penthouse
has all the New York fixins - door man, view, PARKING. Sure
he spends holidays utterly alone, but he's got a silver Ferrari
that brings radial tidings of joy each and everyday.
one frosty night his guardian angel steps in. Jack's not reeaally
happy the angel dude explains. He's lost sight of what's important-
tah. Jack must now reflect on a lost love. A lost life. See,
a decision he made 13 years before changed road he's on today.
So, where he would have been?
USA. Arrgghh. He has a really nice wife Kate (Tea -a-for-two-ah-
Leone) two kids, a comfy home and a hideously menial job. BUT,
is he really missing all this in his real life back on
Wall Street? Is Jack secretly square? Could he be a bore? A
settled stud? What is to become of Jack...
Geeze I wish the daddies in my little neighborhood looked like
Cage and less like John Goodman. One might possibly rethink
the whole one-man-for-me scenario. Nah.
Cage serves up a cross between his Hi character from Raising
Arizona and his Castor Troy villain in Face
Off. He's not animated-lord no, but, comfortable in the
role. I even saw him laugh! Nicky is simply mesmerizing to me
anyway, dictionary definition of "my type." A man
steak slowly roasted over a back yard grill. Yum-o-rama central.
Leone aka XFile guy's wife, does a great job. We never see enough
of her. I guess she's doing that whole Hollywood housewife thingy.
Maybe this will put her back in the good graces of Hollywood.
They tend to be fickle.
kids are adorable. Bright and suuupppeeerr real. Not that I
have any mind you - perish the thought. But, I do have nieces
and nephews, and they act like this brand.
Man is a warm movie. Slow at times, but never dull. You'll
be thinking a lot on the way home about that special someone
who got away, got thrown away, or incarcerated before his time.
Hey, four words for you Nic in bikini underwear. Nuff
said girls? Plus the story's great. Enjoy.
recommendation: Quail and Scallops with chocolate milk.