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The Extra Man [Blu-ray] (2010)

Kevin Kline , Paul Dano , Robert Pulcini , Shari Springer Berman  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly
  • Directors: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00406UJWY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,980 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Extra Man [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary with Kevin Kline and Jonathan Ames (author)
  • Commentary with co-directors, journalist, and crew
  • Deleted scene
  • Cartoon clip recording
  • Behind the scenes: musical score
  • HDNet: A look at The Extra Man

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Louis (Paul Dano) is summarily dismissed from his job as a teacher following an awkward incident involving women's lingerie in the teacher's lounge. In a effort to find himself, Louis moves to New York City, in hopes of becoming a full-fledged writer. He answers a listing for a room and meets Henry (Kevin Kline), a strange, eccentric writer who lives his life quite peculiarly. Fascinated by Henry, Louis agrees to move in. Henry is quick to begin to teach Louis how to have a glorious social life in New York, by becoming the "extra man" to aging billionaire widows.

    About the Actor

    Starring Academy Award® Winner Kevin Kline (Definitely, Maybe; The Pink Panther), Katie Holmes (Mad Money, Thank You for Smoking, Batman Begins), Paul Dano (The Good Heart, Taking Woodstock, There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine) and John C. Reilly (Cyrus, Step Brothers)

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    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A comic gem for lovers of quirk August 13, 2010
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    Writer Jonathan Ames seems to be a media darling these days. Creator of the successful HBO television series Bored to Death, he's now making the leap to the big screen with this adaptation of his 1998 novel, The Extra Man. Two adjectives that immediately spring to mind, whether speaking of Ames's fiction, non-fiction, or his life, are quirky and comic. And those are definitely the two adjectives that describe this film, co-written and directed by husband and wife team Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman.

    It's the search-for-identity story of Louis Ives (Paul Dano), a young English teacher we see fired in the film's opening scene. Louis uses the setback to follow his heart to Manhattan, where he hopes to pursue a career as a writer. His first priority is to find a home, which leads him to answer the apartment-sharing ad of the endlessly eccentric Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline). Soon, the introverted Louis gets sucked into Henry's wacky world, peopled with the likes of elderly billionairess Vivian Cudlip (Marian Seldes) and Klingon-like neighbor Gershon (John C. Reilly).

    This is an odd story filled with quirky and sometimes off-putting characters. There's something anachronistic about Dano's Louis, exhibited outwardly in old-fashioned manners and vintagey three-piece suits and inwardly in his Gatsby-esque fantasy life. Classic fiction isn't the only thing Louis fantasizes about, though. In fact, he's tentatively exploring his sexuality and trying to come to terms with transvestite urges, all while pining for a pretty co-worker (Katie Holmes).

    Henry, on the other hand, is larger than life, and Kevin Kline throws himself fully into the role--literally, as it happens, when the character dances. Henry isn't particularly nice.
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    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Feel-Great Movie August 25, 2010
    "The Extra Man" is a great comic experience, a joyful movie providing a lot of laughs with the sheer enjoyment of life bubbling in it.
    The movie is about two fruitcakes, two off-the-wall flakes who get together and blend their nuttiness into a friendship. Louis (Paul Danol) is kind of unworldly, a dreamer, a teacher in an exclusive prep school in Princeton, New Jersey. Louis has an urge to be a cross dresser, and is turned on by women's undergarments. One day while holding up a bra to his chest in the faculty room, he's caught by a matronly staff member, is canned, and decides to go to New York to become a writer. He has always admired Gatsby.
    In New York he answers an ad for apartment sharing and is interviewed by Henry Harrison, an older "gentleman" (brilliantly played by Kevin Kline), the apartment's resident tenant, who has weird, iconoclastic and screwy ideas about everything. Henry is broke but he's a walker, an extra man who accompanies women to dinners and events. He's not a gigolo, but he does like the good life with his wealthy older women friends of the Palm Beach circuit. Henry is his own worst enemy, is finicky, touchy, hypercritical and turns people off.
    A neighbor in the apartment building is Gershon (John C. Reilly) another kook who is very funny because of his high-pitched voice (adopted for this movie). I think this is the kind of movie Charles Dickens would have loved, because the characters are done in broad strokes of caricature. Anyone who has lived in Manhattan will know that these oddballs would fit right in. In the movie nothing seems totally realistic, but that's the essence of comedy: the odd, the eccentric, off-the-wall fun.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Don't understand the hate! September 2, 2012
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    I just watched this last night, and to be frank I don't understand the hate. I felt that Kevin Kline is a hilarious character in this film, he lights up the screen every chance he can get. He did great in this. Paul Dano is also one of my favorite actors, and I thought he did great as well. The supporting characters like John C. Reilly and Katie Holmes did great as well. I found it very entertaining and I would definitely watch it again. I would highly recommend it.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    Not the perfect movie, but the perfect role. Kline's inept charisma is quite charming as the odd little man trying to be dashingly bold in spite of his crumbling existence. Romantic and whimsical as the seemingly unessential man defines his essential existence. We are all free to dream and create our dream reality. Thumbs up.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Jonathan Ames, a writer of eccentric novels, penned the book on which this bizarre film is based. His story of confused identities and searching for a workable concept of self was adapted for the screen by Ames with help from co-directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman. It is a confusing tale to watch but has moments of comedic insight and a cat of well-known actors that help to make the film entertaining - if a bit of fluff.

    We meet English teacher Louis Ives (Paul Dano) after a prelude of daydreaming the three factors that characterize Louis - his obsession with classic literature of the 1920s, his untrained perception of how to relate to people (`awkward' would be a kind term), and his penchant for fantasizing about cross dressing. He is dismissed from his school `due to budget cuts' (read `having been discovered trying on a bra and being caught by the headmaster'), yet his inappropriate response is one of glee at having been given the opportunity to move to Manhattan to become a writer.

    Once in New York City without connections, he answers an ad for an inexpensive apartment sharing - the ad having been submitted by one very strange Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), an older down on his heels writer and playwright who supports himself teaching college level literature and who considers himself an aristocrat, serving as an `escort' for older wealthy women. After an uncomfortable interview Henry consents to allow Louis to be his roommate: after weighing his options Louis accepts the room in the flea infested filthy apartment and begins trying to get to know the secretive and zany Henry.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Quirky movie about quirky people doing quirky things.
    While some people might like this movie, personally I did not care for it. A good cast, but being eccentric just for the sake of being quirky just drags a very thin storyline... Read more
    Published 19 days ago by dhart
    2.0 out of 5 stars Extra! Extra! Read this review before investing your time and money...
    I rented the DVD of this film on a whim, having heard nothing about it, but intrigued by the premise and the notable cast. Read more
    Published 26 days ago by chromo_man
    1.0 out of 5 stars Fuhgeddaboudit!
    This is a boring plot-less movie with silly sophomoric attempts at humor. Kline's character is never delved into to explain why he is the way he is.
    Published 1 month ago by R. Kane
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 2 months ago by J. Marus
    5.0 out of 5 stars A special and teriffic movie.
    Just a wonderful movie that is well acted by everyone, Just a sensitive and heart warming story.
    Published 2 months ago by William Lance Lenon
    5.0 out of 5 stars Katie Holmes is not a very good actress and not interesting to watch...
    Katie Holmes is not a very good actress and not interesting to watch but no matter--Kevin Kline is all of the above and more. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Allison V. Fine
    1.0 out of 5 stars This movie fails pretty miserably.
    The script for this movie almost feels amateur, almost as if the person writing it did't understand that the sequence of events needs to flow logically. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by samspennell
    2.0 out of 5 stars Left Me Cold
    I loved Kevin Kline in Dave. It's one of my favorite movies. I also loved him in the Cole Porter movie. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Judith E. Oakland
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant humor!
    I truly loved this movie. There were so many hilarious moments, Kevin Kline was absolutely brilliant. This is a must see for any who appreciates off-beat, dry humor. See it!
    Published 8 months ago by Heather Aliotta
    4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly acted
    This movie is a character study of.... well, very odd characters. When that happens, I tend to find the movies self-congratulatory and inaccessible, but the performance of the... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by dancinhomer
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