Man of the Year (Widescreen Edition)
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However all the clever and funny political ranting and raving that distinguishes the first half of the film are sadly and unexpectedly put aside for a not so intriguing conspiracy drama that pushes what Robin Williams does best into the background where he is forced to passively watch the second half of the film wind down into mediocrity. Robin does fire up the comedic monologue again just before the end and thankfully is able to partially save what would have otherwise been a major disaster.
Too bad director Barry Levinson couldn't make up his mind about what kind of film he wanted to make. 'Man of the Year' had the right lead man and cast in place for what could have been a cultural classic to rival Sidney Lumet's 'Network' from '76. What happened Barry?
Suddenly, his comic rants make sense to Americans. With the political season starting up, this film is timely and to the point.
Barry Levinson who directed Williams in Good Morning Vietnam Good Morning, Vietnam (Special Edition), keeps a loose rein on Williams in his rants. And if this is film is scripted, you would never know. Williams makles this text his own.Williams's comedy in this movie is part satire and part stand up comedy
Surrounded by a supporting cast (Christopher Walken, Lewis Black and Laura Linney) that truly supports its lead actor. This makes this comedy work better than most poltical satires (like Wag the Dog or Primary Colors). The problem is the sub plots with Linney of a rigged election and Walken's illness that seems not to work for me
There are moments of sound gaps in Williams's Stand up, but it ma,es it most like a political banter
The problem is the ending seems too pat for my tastes. It gives a great punch and then end falls flat and does not work for me.
If you LOVE Robin Williams, you will overlook the faults and enbrace this film with open arms
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
A computer error puts Dobbs over the top and makes him the President-elect. But when the program creator wants to go public with the news, the parent company (not wanting to lose their huge capital gains), conspires to hurt her, trash her, and ruin her. The movie makers seem to be having trouble at this point trying to decide if they are making a comedy or a drama.
Even Tom Dobbs himself is torn over the issue of whether or not to play it straight or to be the comic relief during the presidential campaign.
Critics have savaged this movie for its seeming ambivalence about which genre to embrace. But I like a movie where you can laugh and also be on your toes at the same time. I feel that this film is underrated and underappreciated. I give it four stars.
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Unfortunately, Donald Trump has ruined this movie.The overarching joke is a crazy man running for president, but this is happening in real life and it's just not funny anymore. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Mel
Great movie which is very relevant to todays political climate and the rise of Donald J Trump as the peoples champion. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Andrew Wark
A parody on today's politics - all Trump supporters should see it before November!Published 27 days ago by Nancy McPhail
Robin Williams never ceased to amaze me with his awesome and inspiring talent. The script of this movie is nothing short of awesome, and he played the main character beautifully. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeanne Sinclair
So funny! It's a little bittersweet to watch Robin Williams in movies now, but I still enjoy all of them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amanda Reed
Released in 2006, this Robin Williams vehicle, narrated by Christopher Walken, is prophetic!
It mentions how most people have started getting their news from comedians... Read more
A great movie and very timely with the 2016 election coming upPublished 2 months ago by abraya johnson
Excellent movie! Robin William's was such a gifted actor and Lewis Black is always great to watch...Published 3 months ago by J.D. Schiefelbein, M.S.
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