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Man in the Mirror - The Michael Jackson Story (2004)

Flex Alexander , Eugene Clark , Allan Moyle  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Flex Alexander, Eugene Clark, Amy Sloan, Krista Rae, Patricia Idlette
  • Directors: Allan Moyle
  • Writers: Claudia Salter
  • Producers: Chad Oakes, Christine Shipton, Jeff Lynas, John Morayniss, Jon Katzman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Q93WY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man in the Mirror - The Michael Jackson Story" on IMDb

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MAN IN THE MIRROR: THE MICHAEL JACKSON STORY portrays the glitz, glamour, fame and scandals associated with pop superstar Michael Jackson throughout the years. Without asserting his innocence or condemning his guilt, the film walks the fine line between comedy and drama as it portrays Jackson's rise to fame and infamy from the early "Thriller" era to the scandal filled present day. The objective tale provides a glimpse into the life of one of the most enigmatic and extravagant pop stars of our time and tells the story of the man who has enchanted and baffled the world for the 35 years.

Flex Alexander's affecting performance in the lead role lifts Man in the Mirror, an account of the troubled, turbulent adult life of Michael Jackson. And a grim, melodramatic, and sometimes way over-the-top tale it is, as the film chronicles the litany of catastrophes visited on Jackson since Thriller turned him into the self-proclaimed King of Pop. It's all here: the Jehovah's Witnesses' horrified reaction to the supposedly blasphemous "Thriller" video (a disclaimer was added at their behest); the filming of the Pepsi commercial during which Jackson's hair caught on fire; the constant hectoring and bullying by his father, Joseph Jackson, and his subsequent alienation from his family; his many cosmetic surgeries; the debacle that was his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley; the controversial incident when he dangled his newborn son from his Berlin hotel room window; and, of course, the ongoing allegations of child molestation (to their credit, the filmmakers are fairly circumspect about the latter, neither condemning nor exonerating him). Through it all, Alexander plays Jackson as a true innocent, guileless and easily manipulated, wondering how the world can be so wicked ("What's wrong with love?" is a frequent refrain), and yet essentially kind, likable, and devoted to his fans. Alexander has Jackson's voice down, as well as some of his dance moves, and if Man in the Mirror contains no actual Jackson songs or realistic performance footage, well, that's life in the low-budget world of made-for-TV movies (it originally aired in 2004 on VH-1). Man in the Mirror hardly qualifies as great art, but in the end, it's nothing more, or less, than diverting, voyeuristic good fun. --Sam Graham

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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the worst movie I have ever seen February 24, 2005
By Jim
This is the first movie I have seen that I wanted to rip the DVD out of the player and break it. The acting sucks. In fact, the extras in the movie give better performances than the leads. The story sucks. You could make a fun drinking game though. Watch the movie and drink every time MJ says the word neverland.

If you are not a MJ fan, you will hate this movie. If you are a normal MJ fan, you will hate this movie. If you are the biggest MJ fan in the world, you will HATE this movie.

Pop question hot shot....What's the stupidest idea ever? No Michael Jackson music in a Michael Jackson movie! Yep that's right. No Beat It, no Thriller, no Billy Jean. Just cheesey music.

Take the money you were about to spend on this DVD and pay someone to kick you in the balls, hard, because that would be better than this movie.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Have To Agree May 4, 2005
Sadly I was looking forward to this VH-1 TV movie.I was expecting more of a 'Movies That Rock' kind of thing.But 'Man In The Mirror' isn't.So I will list the ten reasons why:
1:The movie begins in 1984-not when he began recording
solo and having plastic surgery and first became a star.
It just picks up where The Jacksons - An American Dream (The Complete Miniseries)
left off.
2:The lead actor is dreadful.His face is flat and he
looks more like Powder then MJ (if you remember that movie.And his acting is,at best highly charicatured.
3:Michael's manager in the 1980's Frank Dileo is depicted
but under another name and the actor looks NOTHING like
4:The events depicted in this movie read like a long list
of the National Enquirer's strange and weird fact file
they've kept on Michael for years.Nothing really substantive is revealed.
5:None of Michael Jackson's music is featured-to be replaced by needless dance montages to very ER-ish muzak.
6:This is actually too short.No event is depicted in any
detail,prefering to focus more on Michael's obsession
with his Neverland ranch.
7:His music career is horribly skimped over.The period between 1985 and 1990 (which included the Bad period) is ignored completely.The emphasis
always slings around Michael's odd personal life.
8:The lead character does alot of 'justifying living'
routines I doubt would ever interest the real Michael.
9:The story clearly takes Michael's side in terms of his
skin whitening.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where do I begin? March 23, 2005
I am a HUGE Michael Jackson fan & when I saw this movie, I was beyond pissed! This movie seemed to have a budget of $5! The acting was horrible & the actors looked nothing like the people they were supposed to be protraying. The make-up they put on Flex made him look ashy! Where exactly did the people for this movie get there info from cause there's a few things in this movie that they got wrong! It was all way too over the top & it seemed like it was ripped from the tabloids. This movie was a complete joke & it should have never been made!
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Try again VH1!!! May 1, 2006
Who ever played the part of Michael Jackon needs to be monkey stomped to death!!!-I find it hard to believe that someone would take the time out to write, direct, and act in such a tabloid filled mess.-Also, I bet the director never yelled "CUT" once during the entire production of this sorry excuse for a movie!!-If you plan to watch this movie, -let me give you a little advice: Don't waste your time. "Man in the mirror" is very low budget, over-the-top, and meaningless. This movie is a abomination. It lacked four key elements:

1. Entertainment 2. Music 3. Passion 4. -and HEART!

-And any true Michael Jackson fan can tell you, he is all of these things and so much more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Disappointment and BAD ACTING!!! :( October 13, 2009
This TV Movie was suppose to be the follow up to 1993 "The Jacksons: An American Dream".

So I was very excited to watch it, thinking it would have some of the high caliber actors and charm of the previous film. Little did I know how WRONG I would be.

This movie SUCKED!

1.) Flew Alexander (Michael Jackson Actor) Should be ashamed of himself. Disgraceful portrayal of an Afican American Icon and Music Legend. I see why his career as an actor has fallen...

2) It portray's Michael Jackson as a "wimpy or scared" individual. (he was soft spoken and kind; Don't get it confused with weakness)

3.) It has little or NO reference to his Musical Career or Acheivements. (Mostly paints a negative view of his failed marriages and his trial)

4.) The stage make-up and wardrobe was horrible. (Michaels skin looked green rather than his real color that change due to his vitilago)

5.) No "KNOWN" Actors in this film

6.) This film was NOT endorsed by Michael Jackson or the Estate

7.) Though it displays aspects of his later life (kids, trials, and marriage...) they all seem to be out of Chronilogical order.

In all this film was just plain horrible. If you are a BIG MJ Fan please stay away and DONT BUY THIS! It will only upset you and make you want to "kick yourself" for buying it!

Hope this review helps :)

Forever a Fan of Mj!!!

A. Albert
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This movie does give you Michael's life from the media's point of view. Over all I give 3 stars.
Published 23 days ago by irajuan cooley
5.0 out of 5 stars love the movie
very good movie it show well and the price range was good would recommend to anyone looking for a movie that they don't have to spend a lot of money
Published 1 month ago by menzola burford
4.0 out of 5 stars good dvd
The movie is good, tells the story of Michael, as he is going on tour, recording music, being friends with the children in his life, to his marriage.
Published 1 month ago by Jereme Semien
I don't know what to add someone else hasn't. It's like they took every MJ cliche, added every tabloid story and some common known facts and wrote a script out of it inside of an... Read more
Published 21 months ago by ROCK GODD
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap
Hated it its a very bad portryal of Michael Jackson. The acting is awful and the face of the man who plays Michael Jackson goes grey for soem time. Not this is not good at all.
Published 21 months ago by Miss O'rourke
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR ANY MJ FANS
This movie is crap that was thrown together. Its just making Michael look bad. If you are a true mj fan like me, then dont buy this. Read more
Published 22 months ago by jazzy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not keen
This was kinda shit, I'm not sure if it portrays Michael as he really was or not as I never met him or anything but shows him in a bit of a negative light and I'd like to believe... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kagome
4.0 out of 5 stars MJ Man in Mirror
I believe that Flex Alexander did a fantastic job of playing MJ in this film. He had the voice and put so much of MJ's real feelings into this film. Read more
Published on October 15, 2012 by Estufa52
1.0 out of 5 stars Super Smelly!!!!!!
My lord, where do I even begin??!! Flex's makeup made him look dry ashy and in need of lotion. The "concert" scenes were just like what in the ass is this?? Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by Brisce
1.0 out of 5 stars As bad as they say it is
Man In The Mirror was made for VH1 in 2004 and is sort of a continuation of the acclaimed The Jacksons: An American Dream. Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by Tommy Skylar
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