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On top of that, EVERYTHING else about the movie is stale formulae. There are no twists or turns you won't expect, the Internal Affairs cop is exactly the same as every IA cop you've ever seen -- which is a huge waste of Miguel Ferrer's talents -- and the "case" they work on is phony at every level.
That brings us to the core problem with "The Man": There's not enough of a real, new story for it to be an action film with funny partners, like "Lethal Weapon," and it's not funny enough to throw all logic out the window and just laugh at the nonsense, like "Airplane" or "Bowfinger." (It's also not original enough to overcome such categories.) And one would think that the DVD itself might save the day by providing a bunch of side-splitting outtakes or something, but no luck there, either...just the same mediocrity in alternate formats.
So...yes, I do suggest you see it. Your video store will have several copies available. But buy it? Only the most hard core Samuel L. Jackson or Eugene Levy fan would do that. Which would probably make either of these good-natured actors call YOU "The Man," regardless of your gender, for your completely unearned show of support.
However, once Labor Day passes, we pass into the doldrums of the fall. Kids are back in school, so there are fewer of them at the multiplex. The big summer blockbusters have all been released, and the holiday films are still several months away. Same goes for the Oscar nods that tend to flood the market in the winter.
Some say that late August and early September are the darkest days for movies, and that's usually true. It certainly was for the last few weeks with movies like "A Sound of Thunder" and "The Cave" stinking up the joint. I had little confidence that "The Man," a fish-out-of-water buddy cop movie starring Eugene Levy and Samuel L. Jackson, was going to be different.
In fact, I said to a friend before seeing it, "This has `suck' written all over it."
However, as I was watching the movie, something strange happened... I started laughing. Does this mean that "The Man" is a great movie? No. It doesn't even mean it was a good movie. It just made me laugh.
The movie itself is beyond preposterous. Eugene Levy plays a dental equipment salesman who stumbles into an arms deal orchestrated by an ATF officer played by Samuel L. Jackson. They're stuck together as a bickering couple until they can bring down the bad guys. The stars play exactly to type. Eugene Levy reprises the roles he played in films like "American Pie" and "Waiting for Guffman." Samuel L. Jackson gives us the honest cop take on his character Jules from "Pulp Fiction.Read more ›
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Samuel L. Jackson is funny. and that guy from american pie is funny. Well guess what; together there a riot.Published 8 days ago by Brokefool
The movie is funny been looking for that movie for some time. It didn't take long to receive it. The movie is in good condition. No complaints here!Published 4 months ago by Rose Mary Martinez
One of the funniest and entertaining movies I have seen in a long time.Published 5 months ago by Movie Buff
I've been a Jackson fan since "Pulp Fiction," so I'm a pushover for him, and this is certainly not his best work, but the odd-couple pairing of Jackson as a streetwise... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bob Russell
our family loves this movie. Eugene Levy is hysterical! There are certain phrases in this movie that are so funny. the second time I found things even more funny than the first.Published 9 months ago by K. Elsberry