The Man

The Man

Les Mayfield (2005)

79min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this wayward comedy, Eugene Levy plays a naive dental-supplies salesman that federal agent Samuel L Jackson involves in an investigation for what cannot be called a good reason. Relying on Levy's cartoonish expressions and Jackson's clichéd hardman antics for interest, this sagging caper is only redeemed (and then only partially) by the incidental detail. There's a delicate moment with a tramp who almost grabs the drop money and an amusing one when Levy's character is locked up in a holding cell for women because the duty officer can't bear to see him hurt. It's all terribly familiar and predictable - apart from the nicely pitched performance of Luke Goss (yes, of Bros) as the inevitable British baddie. The former pop star is shown to have a nifty sense of comic timing. Who knew?

Summary

A federal agent is accused of corruption following the murder of his partner and sets out to clear his name. However, a series of mistakes leads him to a dental supply salesman, whom he wrongly arrests - leaving both men struggling to solve the complex case. Comedy, starring Samuel L Jackson, Eugene Levy, Miguel Ferrer, Anthony Mackie and Luke Goss.

Cast & Crew

Derrick Vann Samuel L Jackson
Andy Fiddler Eugene Levy
Joey/Kane Luke Goss
Agent Peters Miguel Ferrer
Booty Anthony Mackie
Lt Rita Carbone Susie Essman
Dara Vann Rachael Crawford
Santos Horatio Sanz
Director Les Mayfield
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Swearing. Available on: DVD
Comedy Drama