The Man parents guide

The Man Parent Review

Overall C

While minding his own breakfast in a diner, Andy (Eugene Levy) is erroneously given a brown paper bag and finds himself in the thick of a business transaction with an edgy arms dealer (Luke Goss). Now the mild-mannered man must partner with Derrick Vann (Samuel L. Jackson), a tough cop with an even tougher attitude, to prevent the sale of some stolen weapons.

Violence C-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity D
Substance Use A-

The Man is rated PG-13

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

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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?