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|Man of the Year |
Actors: Robin Williams, Laura Linney, Lewis Black, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum
Director: Barry Levinson
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
ON A LARK, THE HOST OF A LATE-NIGHT POLITICAL TALK SHOW DECIDES TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT. THE THING IS, HE NEVER EXPECTED TO WIN.
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Linda D. from SAN JOSE, CA
Reviewed on 12/6/2015...
Good movie - but too much swearing for my like. How prescient when he hopes for a Brazilian pope - here it has now happened!
Cheryl R. from SACRAMENTO, CA
Reviewed on 1/16/2009...
Not really a comady but nice way to pass the time.
1 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
"Perception Of Legitimacy Is More Important Than Legitimacy
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 02/24/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The '06 release of the DVD `Man of the Year' is a tale of two movies not so cleverly disguised as one. It begins like a house on fire leading the viewer to expect this to be the comedy of the year, a tour-de-force by the incomparable Robin Williams as talk show host and comedian Tom Dobbs, soon to become the president-elect of the Unite States. With the presence of Christopher Walken in the role of his personal manager Jack Menken the movie appears on track for a laugh a minute feature.
However all the clever and funny political ranting and raving that distinguishes the first half of the film are sadly and unexpectedly put aside for a not so intriguing conspiracy drama that pushes what Robin Williams does best into the background where he is forced to passively watch the second half of the film wind down into mediocrity. Robin does fire up the comedic monologue again just before the end and thankfully is able to partially save what would have otherwise been a major disaster.
Too bad director Barry Levinson couldn't make up his mind about what kind of film he wanted to make. 'Man of the Year' had the right lead man and cast in place for what could have been a cultural classic to rival Sidney Lumet's 'Network' from '76. What happened Barry?"
Paul J. Moriarty | North Adams, MA United States | 10/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A funny movie that reflects people's general feeling of disgust with today's political system. No matter what political party you belong to, if any, you will love this movie. Robin Williams stars as a comedian/talk-show host who campaigns as an independent candidate for President because he's tired of both Democrats and Republicans and wants to give America an alternative choice. He becomes Ross Perot on speed. I sat through this movie thinking "I might vote for this guy" and, when the movie ended in the theater, people actually stood up and applauded indicating how it was hitting home. I can't wait to see the Director's Cut to find out what was left out! It's a must see and a must own!!!"
A Hidden Treasure
Grey Wolffe | North Waltham, MA United States | 03/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Robin Williams has created a movie that tells us so much about ourselves and who Americans think they are. It hasn't done as well as it should have because it's not as funny as people expect it to be. What it is, is a try at making a movie that tells about the dangers of corporate greed and the way that people look at elections.
Some of the satire is so subtle in places that you need to watch it two or three times. Listen very carefully to the answers of the other candidates at the debate, and to their comments at other times during the movie.
Robin Williams character is a cross between John Stewart and Ralph Nader, but Lewis Black almost steals the movie as his writer. It would be interesting to know how much of the movie was ad libs between the two.
In the end though the movie cops out by letting there be a re-election between the same two bozos, and one of them goes on to do the same old same old, so it's disappointing in that way."