The Family Man parents guide

The Family Man Parent Review

Overall B-

Putting family values on the marquee, Nicholas Cage plays Jack Campbell, a Wall Street tycoon who decided 13 years earlier to postpone a relationship with his college sweetheart Kate (Tea Leoni) in favor of pursuing his career. So, he is surprised when he get a message from her one Christmas Eve. But not nearly as surprised as he is the next morning when he awakes and discovers that magically he is somehow married to Kate and the father of two children.

Violence B
Sexual Content C+
Profanity C-
Substance Use B-

Why is The Family Man rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Family Man PG-13 for sensuality and some language.
Latest home video release July 16, 2001
Run Time: 125 minutes

Movie Review

Putting family values on the marquee, Nicholas Cage plays Jack Campbell, a Wall Street tycoon who decided 13 years earlier to postpone a relationship with his college sweetheart Kate (Tea Leoni) in favor of pursuing his career and "renting" a woman whenever he needs one. With over a decade of silence between them, Kate leaves a message with his office on Christmas Eve, but the Scrooge-like Jack is too busy closing a multi-billion dollar deal to return her call.

Family Man - Official site On his way home Jack encounters a gun-toting thief. Offering money to defuse the situation, Jack brags that he has everything he could want in life. The thief cautions his bravado, and tells him his life is about to change. Left walking home alone, the warning doesn't prepare Jack for the shock of waking up in bed next to Kate on Christmas morning.

Family Man - Official site Finding himself in New Jersey suburbia, apparently married to Kate for several years and father of two children, is as confusing to Jack as his strange behavior is to his family. Discovering he is only a tire salesman makes his new life feel like a prison sentence, until Jack begins to appreciate the simple joys of having adoring children and a loving, devoted wife.

Family Man - Official site Yet within this positive story the writers have chosen to use profanities, terms of Deity, and a sexual expletive. Sexual content also includes obscured nudity such as a back shot of one of Jack's girlfriends wearing only panties, a front view of the same woman in lingerie, and the clearly identifiable bodily form of Tea Leoni through a misty shower door. The shower scene does occur within a married context (as does other sexual innuendo), but I (like the rest of the audience) am not married to Tea! As well, a flirtatious neighbor invites Jack to have an affair.

The Family Man looks at what could have been if you had made a different choice, much like the film It's A Wonderful Life . While I applaud the portrayal of marriage and family as better investments than fame and fortune, parents may not feel comfortable leaving their children with this Family Man.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni. Running time: 125 minutes. Updated

The Family Man Parents Guide

Just when Jack is becoming comfortable with his new life working as a tire salesman, he has an opportunity to begin working for his old company again and to make more money. However, what he perceives as beneficial for their family meets with a negative reaction from his wife. Do you think money and prestige were part of the motive for getting this job? Does having more money always improve a family?

Can you think of seemingly small decisions that may have affected your life in a major way? Is it possible to completely reverse an earlier choice? If you can’t go back does that mean it’s too late to try and change your life?