Ladies Man, The
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -3

Tim Meadows brings his Saturday Night Live love-advice character, Leon Phelps, to the big scene. Drawing on his seemingly vast, personal experience, Leon dispenses advice to the men and women of Chicago on his radio talk show. However, his graphic sexual advice draws a lot of complaints, fines from the FCC and being thrown, literally, off-the-air. And his producer, Julie (Karyn Parsons), is having a hard time finding Leon new jobs. When Leon receives a letter from a past lover offering him her wealth and her body, he thinks his problems are solved. If he can remember and find which past lover wrote the letter. Complicating Leons search is a club of revenge minded husbands, led by wrestling fan Lance (Will Ferrell), whose wives were touched by Leon. Like past SNL productions, THE LADIES MAN once again proves that stretching a short skit to feature length doesnt make it funnier. But SNL fans will probably help initial box office sales.

Leon appears to be a product of his environment. Flashbacks show him as an orphan left on the steps of Hugh Hefners Playboy Mansion, which indoctrinates him in his hedonistic lifestyle. But Leon also appears to be clueless about social morals and equates love with sex. He also seems clueless to his true assets, humor and a genuine concern for helping people. In an exaggerated way, he is truly governed by his libido. Therefore, much of the film features frequent crude sexual comments and a few scenes of Leon in bed with women. The mens group identifies Leon by a tatoo in his posterior, seen as he runs away. However, Lance, the mens group leader makes implied comments and later admits to being homosexual. In one disgusting scene, Leon challenges a man to a contest that ends with the man eating human excrement. Despite its few moments of good advice near the end, THE LADIES MAN cant get out of its immoral mire.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038

Crude Language: Many (26) times Mild 6, moderate 20
Obscene Language: Many (18) times S-word 3, other 14, finger gesture
Profanity: Several (5) times - Exclamatory
Violence: Several times Mild and moderate (man thrown out of door, men wrestle, threats of violence, men punched, boat burned, gun threat)
Sexual Intercourse: Few times graphic (motions and sound couple in bed few times, couple on couch, couple on floor, numerous references to past)
Nudity: Few times (breast nudity, female & male rear, implied-woman in bubblebath, womans back during sex); Near nudity Several times (cleavage emphasized, woman in underwear, skimpy costumes)
Homosexual Conduct: Few times Man describes joy of wrestling with partner, pornographic film on TV w/two women, man admits hes gay
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Almost constant (references to sexual acts and positions, poster of sexual positions, man unzips pants, man appears to gratify self, sex related toys, passionate kissing, woman undresses man, man scratches crotch)
Drug Abuse: Many times alcohol drinking, cigarettes, drunken behavior, woman says booze only way to deal with problems
Other: Most sexual encounters adulterous, man attempts suicide, interview with nun has sexual double meanings, man told he ate excrement, man wants to change life, believes money will solve all problems, man advises husbands to listen to wives
Running Time: 87 minutes
Intended Audience: Young adults, SNL fans

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