If your looking for a feel good drama with plenty of emotion, a good
cast, a mid-American suburban family with all the same failings as
yours, and a box checked certification of satisfaction, this is for
It's a good film, no question. It achieves everything it sets out to accomplish and then some. However, it breaks no moulds sets no precedents or even varies slightly from the 'paint by numbers' programme productions that you can see every day on the entertainment channel with features like 'The Waltons, Little House on the prairie and their equivalent film counterparts.
The cast is great, Butler is fantastic in the role he's given... which it has to be said, he could probably have done with his eyes closed, Gretchen Mol is superb, and Willem Dafoe - with all the dimensions of a piece of string his character is given - is equally convincing, but the story is very generic.
The head-hunter role Butler plays is more comparable to merchant bank stock trader, and leveraged to near breaking point to make it fit with the story line. Better they just made him a stock trader and be done with it in my opinion. As an employment agency exec, it doesn't really work, but this is done more to tie the story up neatly than anything else... as you will find if you watch the film.
The title is a misappropriated somewhat as for the most part he is everything but, A Family Man. This is of course until things take the familiar turn in circumstance, and the meaningful change in character that parallels, only seen in Hollywood flicks, that wrenches him from the 'dark side' takes place.
Butler, our protagonist, is very one dimensional, which is fairly typical for this type of film so I won't make too many bones about it. Mol plays a similarly typical stay-at-home suburban mom and in act every character in the film is very atypical. Don't worry ,if you lean back and relax a little, you'll soon find yourself swept along with the even paced excitement, tension built inserts and anger filled moments that emerge at all the right moments.
I'm probably being a bit harsh here but the truth is this film is really more like the type of drama made for TV (which actually it might be, I don't know) than one released for the cinema. I did enjoy it, but it wasn't particularly engaging, memorable, thought provoking, or posses any of those accolades that could be associated with a great flick. It may even be I've forgotten most of it by dinner time tomorrow.
Final thoughts... I think I've said it all. Its definitely worth watching, if not remembering.
A Family Man
A Family Man
As the boss (Willem Dafoe) of a Chicago-based headhunter, Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler), who works at the Blackridge Recruiting agency arranging jobs for engineers, prepares to retire, Jensen vies to achieve his longtime goal of taking over the company going head-to-head with his ambitious rival, Lynn Vogel (Alison Brie). However, Dane's 10-year-old son, Ryan (Max Jenkins), is suddenly diagnosed with cancer and his professional priorities at work and personal priorities at home begin to clash with one another.
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