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Man of the Year (Widescreen Edition)

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Comedy superstar Robin Williams (RV, The Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire) plays Tom Dobbs, a comedian who made it to the top by telling it like it is. When he decides to run for President to unleash his trademark comic rants on the powers that be, something extraordinary happens - he wins! From the director of Good Morning, Vietnam and Wag the Dog comes an irreverent comedy hit with a hilarious all-star cast that is sure to win your vote for best comedy of the year!

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A comedy with serious intentions, Man of the Year attempts to challenge the audience's notions of what is and isn't real when it comes to politics. Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams) is a popular political talk show host. As a lark, he runs for president and wins. The thing is, he's not any more unqualified than the other candidates, so his victory doesn't seem quite so outrageous. But when it turns out that the computer ballot firm responsible for tallying all the votes may have had a glitch--and that a recount would negate his win--mayhem ensues and the film segues from comedy, to drama, and back to comedy (sort of) again. Directed by Barry Levinson (Diner, Wag the Dog), the film doesn't take advantage of Williams' natural humor or charm. He at times appears to be chomping at the bit to unleash a comedic tirade or two, only to be held back by stiff lines. Williams only truly appears to be enjoying himself when trading lines with Laura Linney, who portrays the hapless do-gooder at the ballot firm who's being set up to appear unreliable. With some fine performances by a supporting cast that includes Jeff Goldblum, Lewis Black, and the inimitable Christopher Walken, Man of the Year occasionally hints at greatness. But at best, it's a lukewarm comedy with a diluted message. --Jae-Ha Kim

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    • Actors: Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Lewis Black, Jeff Goldblum
    • Directors: Barry Levinson
    • Writers: Barry Levinson
    • Producers: David Robinson, James G. Robinson
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      PG-13
      Parents Strongly Cautioned
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
    • Run Time: 115 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000LC5B7O
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAME on February 24, 2007
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    The '06 release of the DVD `Man of the Year' is a tale of two movies not so cleverly disguised as one. It begins like a house on fire leading the viewer to expect this to be the comedy of the year, a tour-de-force by the incomparable Robin Williams as talk show host and comedian Tom Dobbs, soon to become the president-elect of the Unite States. With the presence of Christopher Walken in the role of his personal manager Jack Menken the movie appears on track for a laugh a minute feature.

    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?
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    A funny movie that reflects people's general feeling of disgust with today's political system. No matter what political party you belong to, if any, you will love this movie. Robin Williams stars as a comedian/talk-show host who campaigns as an independent candidate for President because he's tired of both Democrats and Republicans and wants to give America an alternative choice. He becomes Ross Perot on speed. I sat through this movie thinking "I might vote for this guy" and, when the movie ended in the theater, people actually stood up and applauded indicating how it was hitting home. I can't wait to see the Director's Cut to find out what was left out! It's a must see and a must own!!!
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    In Man of The Year, Robin Williams plays a comedic talk show host Tom Dobbs. One set of viewers suggest him for politic office. It starts a grass roots campaign for President of the United States. This film is a good satire on politics

    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
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    Tom Dobbs (played by Robin Williams) is a late night comedian who pokes fun at all things political. One evening, a woman stands up and suggests he run for President. The emails start flooding in. Soon, Tom Dobbs is a candidate.

    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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    I have read review after review on this movie, and everyone always mentions how it's not a comedy. This isn't a comedy. This is just like Thank You For Smoking, it's a literal movie. Robin Williams' comedy in this movie isn't supposed to be FUNNY, it's just said in a way with no B.S. or candy-coating. This movie, next to The Prestige, is one of the best this year so far. Don't watch this if you are expecting Robin Williams in his funniest role. Watch this if you want to see a good movie, and can even learn from it.
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    We've often heard that truth is stranger than fiction. Well, this film comes way too close to what we face in today's political climate. And while the politically-divided nation protrayed in this film may make you think it is holding up a mirror to our own nation, it is still a movie...and a good one at that. My only complaint is that Christopher Walkin was sometimes a bit too whiny. I also think Lewis Black ought to have gotten more screen time, but I can live with what I got. Overall, this cast was pretty well put together, especially Robin Williams and his staff/onterage. So whether we notice similarities between this film's settings and our own nation's government, we should just sit back and enjoy the movie. After all, this is meant to entertain. Enjoy.
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