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Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2018
I have seen this movie in its entirety, and this digital copy has too many deleted scenes. One deleted scene removes Paul Sorvino's character Sydney Potter who is referenced before the deletion and then referred to later as though he had been in the movie. Nicholas Cage's character Jack Campbell has scenes deleted that added to the movie. I can understand TV cutting scenes to make room for commercials under the pressure of time constraints, but these deletions make no sense. I didn't even finish the movie, so I don't know what else ended up on the floor of the editing room. I plan to ask Amazon for a refund. If you want to see the ENTIRE movie don't buy this version.
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2015
What if a Mr. Potter got a second chance. This is old movie cliché, basically re-hatched from Mr Potter's(It's a Wonderful Life) point of view. It's a nice twist, and it's executed well by a cast that delivers. It's not for everyone, but it's become a household must see every year. My favorite part is the ending. It's not a happy ending. It's not all Christmas bells, and singing. If you really think about it, the ending is quite sad in a way that I won't spoil for you here. I really appreciate that in the movie. Life is not all that it could be, but there is hope. There is a chance to change. There is a chance to take this day, and to live each day from now on as you should have been doing all along. There is hope.
2nd viewing a decade or more later. Tears. Wasn't dated......except the actors so young. Aces in most departments.....I could complain. Ending seemed cut and pasted in from about ten attempts to get it right. Too quick an end too....was still blowing my nose when the credits came on....and the big knot untied about the kids was a bother. But the film had me most of the time. Even despite the schmaltz. I only rented, because by the time I ever get to seeing this one again, it'll be streaming Netflix.
Future me: watch again if free and after the year 2020.
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2017
It's a Wonderful Wife. haha. This is It's a Wonderful Life in reverse. What his life would have been like IF he had gotten married. He learns that there is more to life than money and see's exactly what he had given up. Outside of Raising Arizona, this is Nicholas Cage's best movie.
I was surprised after the first time I saw this movie at how much I enjoyed it. Appearing stale in the trailers The Family Man makes an interesting twist on "It's A Wonderful Life". Created far enough along in Nicolas Cage's career that his outbursts, being better timed and more congruent to the scene, make this a movie that I don't believe would have benefited from having another actor in his place. I'd easily call this a Christmas movie because it would have to be rewritten entirely to take place at any other time (Unlike most Hallmark or Lifetime movies where a tree in the corner constitutes a Christmas movie, irrespective of the plot) Full of hypocritical circumstances and glaring pretenses uncommon for a Christmas film The Family Man manages to bring itself around as a thoughtful tale about what could have been...
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
I'm in the process of binge-watching "Madam Secretary" and looked to see what other movies Tea Leoni has co-starred in. The Family Man is one I had forgotten about, though I'm not sure how that was possible. In this time of upheaval and uncertainty, sometimes the best medicine is a feel-good movie that teaches us something important, and The Family Man fits the bill. Great holiday movie to watch with the family, and equally worthwhile when you get a little time for yourself. We need more movies that remind us of the importance or our decisions. Mistakes will be made; suffering is optional. Highly recommend!
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2013
My favorite annual holiday tradition is to watch this movie (and the special features) once again. The scene in the nursery where 'Jack' is learning to diaper a baby and is confronted by his daughter 'Annie' is worth the price of the movie. Where do they find these brilliant child actors? And Tea Leoni is absolutely wonderful in this film. She never drops a stitch. Why don't we see her more often in movies? I'd sure like to. Nicholas Cage isn't my favorite actor but I couldn't think of anyone who would be better for this part. My rating is really four and a half stars, the half star for some of the soundtrack. I wish they would have included Talking Heads in the movie proper as well as in the Trailer. Just a little irony for us adults. Dante Spinotti is my favorite cinematographer. He makes movies beautiful and this one is no exception. Such a wonderful movie about the choices we make and the chance to make things right.
I liked this movie and it reminded me of conversations I've had with my married relatives and friends. About how there are aspects from their single lives they still remember well such as less family, parental and career responsibilities. But that as a whole they wouldn't give it all back to be single again. Yeah, they tell me there's things they miss from there single lives; but that they love their wives and their kids so much that it's really on the whole better being married. Also a little factoid in general married men live longer than single men. So I guess marriage really is actually good for you!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2020
The characters are not terribly well developed and the plot lines are naive and often unclear. Nevertheless the two main actors carry the story through some weird and very uncertain magical life-shifts and we accepted most of the flaws right to the end. And that's where we parted company and will throw out the DVD. The ending just does not make sense at any level. It's Sleepless in Seattle meets Groundhog Day. I can think of at least three other endings which would have left the audience cheering but this one is just crazily mixed up. He gives a speech referring in depth to his alternate life (after which most listeners would have called the funny-doctors) and the impression left with the audience is that he's going to try to recreate that life after a gap of 13 years and two very different lives but with a huge amount more cash in the bank. Just doesn't work.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat family movie with a very meaningful story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 20, 2018
Family Man is a great family movie with a great story and very enjoyable. Very well chosen characters with a very meaningful story that makes you think about what is really important in our lives. The Blu Ray picture quality is average and I am sure more could have been done to achieve a clearer picture but its good enough. Great movie
Love this film - it has such heart. It's a festive favourite in our house. Tea Leoni is excellent and a perfect partner for Nicolas Cage, whose character realises what he might have missed out on by leaving his sweetheart to pursue his career. As a fan of The Good Wife, I also love seeing Mackenzie Vega in this (she's the super cute daughter) :)