Man of the House (2005)
PG-13
Entertainment: +1/2
Acceptability: -2

Five University of Texas cheerleaders witness a murder and are called upon to testify. In need of witness protection, the girls are assigned a Texas Ranger, Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones). Roland, who has captured the most brutal of criminals, has never faced an assignment like this one. Under the guise of an assistant cheerleading coach at UT, he must live with a group of high-maintenance, ditsy cheerleaders, a situation for which he is completely unprepared. Through their time together, the girls make a mark on Rolands heart, upping the stakes for their survival under his protection. Desperate to eliminate the witnesses, the crooks kidnap Rolands daughter for collateral, but they underestimate the teamwork of this Texas Ranger and the UT cheerleaders. Peppy and comical, the film reaches to send some positive messages.

Man of the House presents the generation gap between clueless, irresponsible young adults and their uptight, stuffy parents. But the film shows how each group can learn from the other, the younger gleaning wisdom and responsible habits while the older learns flexibility and enthusiasm. While the portrayals of each group were certainly embellished, the bridging of the generation gap is a commendable element. But for a comedy, the film falls short in entertainment value and humorous flare. The onslaught of the college girls sex appeal was distasteful, and the heavy amount of crass language and sexual dialog was unnecessary. The films deficiency of creative content sealed its fate as a subpar film, leaving Preview with little entertainment or moral content to cheer about.

Preview Reviewer: Troy Dandrea
Distributor: Revolution Studios

Summary
Crude Language: Many (25) times mild (damn 3, hell 14); moderate (b-stard 2); strong (-ss 5, b-tch 1)
Obscene Language: Several (9) times moderate (cr-p 2, s-ck 1); strong (s-word 5, d-ck 1)
Profanity: Many (10) times moderate (G 7); strong (GD 1, C 2)
Violence: Many times mild (tackling of UT mascot, someone handcuffed in a struggle, threats of kidnapping); moderate (man thrown out window, girl hits guy in face, several shootings kill people with mild blood, few shootings to hand and head, people escape out of violent fire, few car crashes, car explosion, mild bleeding from cut on forehead)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Many times mild (several scenes with women in short tops that show cleavage, short skirts of college cheerleaders slightly reveal buttocks)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times mild (vagina 3); moderate (woman adjusts her breasts with clothes on in front of mirror); strong (bang her 1, phone sex 1)
Drug Abuse: Few times mild (talk of wanting to smoke some weed, short scene of fraternity drinking party)
Other: Few times mild (guy sticks hand up a cows hind end with glove to get cell phone)
Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Young Adults

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