Family Man, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

In 1987, Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) left his law student girlfriend, Kate (Ta Leoni), and flew to London for a business internship. Thirteen years later, hes at the top of the corporate ladder planning a billion dollar merger, even though its Christmas Eve. On the way home, Jack intercedes in an altercation with a young black man, Cash (Don Cheadle). Rich, successful, single Jack is noticeably confused when he wakes up with Kate as his wife of thirteen years, two kids, a dog and a mortgaged house in the suburbs. Cash appears and says its a glimpse of what might have been. Jack slowly begins to see the benefits of loving family relationships. But is it a dream or real, and what happens if he wakes up? Blending elements of Its A Wonderful Life and Dickens A Christmas Carol, this romantic comedy draws more hankies than laughs as it looks at a what if life for its main characters. But it will appeal to many couples looking for a date movie.

Although Jack feels hes taken the road less traveled, his waking hours are consumed with business. His love relationships are little more than short-term sexual encounters and his boss calls Jack a credit to capitalism. But when an attractive neighbor, in his other life, offers an adulterous affair, he chooses to remain faithful. When Jack gets offered a high-priced job, Kate argues against moving but ultimately concedes that love is more important than an address. Annie (Makenzie Vega), Jacks daughter, steals the show as she guides her befuddled father through his now unfamiliar life. But some gratuitous elements spoil the story, including a shower scene where female nudity is only mildly obscured. Some may be offended when the contents of a dirty diaper are seen and the babys urination fountain and genitals are exposed. Despite the emphasis on fidelity and love, several obscenities and numerous regular profanities further indicate FAMILY MAN is far from family friendly.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (11) times Mild 9, moderate 2

Obscene Language: Several (7) times F-word 1, s-word 3, other 3

Profanity: Many (23) times Regular 16 (GD, G 5, G sake 5, C sake, J 3, G forsaken); exclamatory 7 (OG 3, OLord, Good L, My G, Holy Mother of God)

Violence: Few times mild (gun threat, shoving struggles)

Sex: Implied few times (man in bed as woman dresses, couple in hotel room)

Nudity: Few times (female breast and rear slightly obscured by shower glass, cup shaped like nude female torso, male babys genitals seen); Near nudity Few times (man in underwear, low cut party dresses, emphasized cleavage, woman in slip)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (woman flirts with man, suggestive joke, wife suggests sex few times, sensual kissing, wife grabs husbands buttocks, woman suggests adulterous affair)

Drugs: Many times (alcohol and beer drinking, cigarette/cigar smoked)

Other: Man says Christmas about giving so giving energy to business deal, ethnic bias shown in convenience store, dirty diaper shown, babys urination shown, friend encourages fidelity after hearing of adulterous offer, woman says love more important than address

Running Time: 124 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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