The Man Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
The MPAA rated The Man PG-13 for language, rude dialogue and some violence.
For weeks Andy Fidler (Eugene Levy) has been practicing his keynote speech in front of the bathroom mirror. As a dental tool salesman, he plans to rev up a roomful of prospective buyers at an upcoming convention in Detroit.
Then his whole trip goes horribly wrong. While sitting at the counter in a breakfast diner, Andy is erroneously given a brown paper bag and finds himself right in the thick of a business transaction with an edgy arms dealer.
Derrick Vann (Samuel L. Jackson) is a covert agent trying to set up a meeting with the armaments seller (Luke Goss). His partner has been killed and an entire shipment of weapons has been stolen from a police holding room. Now Derrick has only 24 hours to find the thieves and recover the guns before they end up on the street. When Andy is incorrectly approached at the initial encounter, the tough cop realizes he’ll have to work with the out-of-towner in order to pull off the sting.
But the partnership is uncomfortable from the start. Caught in an unsettling situation, the nervous, bushy-browed salesman gives into incessant chatting, nearly causing Derrick to kill him off before the deal goes through.
Theatrical release September 8, 2005. Updated February 13, 2012
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Man rated PG-13? The Man is rated PG-13 by the MPAA
Buddy movies are nothing new, especially ones that join odd couples. In this case, it’s the family-conscious, model citizen who regularly flosses, teamed with the scowling, hardened, street detective. While audiences know the traits of the two men are bound to rub off on each other, the events are painfully predictable at times.
However, the main characters aren’t the only strange pairing to show up. The film swings between moments of slapstick (relying on Levy’s trademark comedic style) and brutal shootings. Violent street beatings are also depicted when Derrick goes after his local informant looking for a tip about the missing guns. As he works his way closer to the guy in charge of the operation, the body count increases. As well, Andy complains about Derrick’s use of vulgar language, yet the profanities (including several uses of a strong expletive) are repeated throughout the movie.
Playing on the mistaken identities and incorrect information, the writers have created a plot where coincidental circumstances lead to trouble for an unsuspecting civilian. Yet even with moments of creative writing, The Man’s content concerns will leave many family viewers feeling as uncomfortable as a trip to the dentist’s chair.
Talk about the movie with your family…
Page last updated February 13, 2012
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The Man Parents' Guide
How do the mismatched personalities of Derrick and Andy play into the script’s humor? What other films rely on this kind of “odd couple” pairing?
What tactics does Derrick use to get tips from his street informant? Does the portrayal of these tactics promote violence as an acceptable method of dealing with others?
What is Andy’s reaction to Derrick’s use of profanities? Why effect does he believe vulgar language has on society’s civility? Do you think his methods of trying to curb swearing would work?
The most recent home video release of The Man movie is January 16, 2006. Here are some details…
DVD Release Date: 17 January 2006
Who’s The Man? Find out on New Line Home Video’s DVD release of this Eugene Levy comedy. For extra laughs, deleted scenes and a gag reel have been added as bonus features. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), with subtitles in English and Spanish.