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    Unique ID Code: 0000021900
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 26/8/2001 12:25
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    Family Man, The (UK)

    7 / 10
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    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 120 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    Jack Campbell (Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage) is a single, wealthy Wall Street trader living the high life in New York City. All that magically changes one morning when he wakes up in a suburban New Jersey bedroom with a wife (Tea Leoni) he never married and two kids he never had - the life he would have led if he had made different choices as a younger man. Find out what it takes for a single-minded businessman to become The Family Man in this wonderful comedy about second thoughts and second chances.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    The Making of The Family Man
    Music Video
    Deleted Scenes

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Directed By:
    Brett Ratner

    Written By:

    Josef Sommer
    Saul Rubinek
    Jeremy Piven
    Don Cheadle
    Téa Leoni
    Nicolas Cage

    Casting By:
    Nancy Green-Keyes
    Matthew Barry

    Soundtrack By:
    Tina Weymouth
    Jerry Harrison
    Chris Frantz
    Danny Elfman
    David Byrne

    Director of Photography:
    Dante Spinotti

    Mark Helfrich

    Costume Designer:
    Betsy Heimann

    Production Designer:
    Kristi Zea

    Howard Rosenman
    Alan Riche
    Tony Ludwig
    Jeff Levine
    James M. Freitag
    Marc Abraham

    Executive Producer:
    Andrew Z. Davis
    Thomas A. Bliss
    Armyan Bernstein

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    8 / 10
    I didn`t have high hopes for this movie and was led to believe that it was just sentimental pap. After recently viewing the film with low expectations, I have to say I was pretty impressed!.

    Okay, it`s a typical romantic comedy in some respects and the final third is a bit off-beam, but overall I found it pretty enjoyable. The script is unusually sharp for this kind of production and the dialogue is always well observed. When asked if he likes kids (by his new daughter), Cage`s character replies "on a case-by-case basis". When his former co-workers fail to recognise him he enquires "Are you smacked out of your heads?!", so the writing style is very modern/fresh and thankfully the cast do it justice.

    The whole "What If" premise of the film is intriguing and full of possibilities. Although I liked it more than I expected, I`ll admit that this movie doesn`t quite fulfil it`s potential. It comes close though and I think it`s got a lot going for it- quality acting, involving plotline and good writing. I can`t quite put my finger on what`s missing, but it doesn`t seem to add up to the sum of it`s parts somehow. Maybe the direction is a little lacklustre and the ending needed to be more digestable, but there`s nothing "bad" about it as such, just some occasional under-achievement.
    The disc is very good and another EIV release that has a varied array of extras aswell as the expected A/V standards. Nit-pickers will point out that the U.S disc has commentaries (which are all missing here), but you shouldn`t ignore what HAS been provided. Interviews and deleted scenes feature prominently and they`re all worth watching if you liked the film. There are some out-takes too which show Cage in a much more "normal" light and he can giggle uncontrollably just like anyone else (maybe Jeremy Piven was to blame though?!). Anyway, I`d heard bad things about the disc aswell, but I can`t see too much wrong with this selection. Admittedly it`s commentary-free, but otherwise well-rounded and mostly worth the effort.

    Basically, this is a good, solid movie, with an interesting story and some good performances. It`s certainly not flawless though (and a bit overlong), but if you`re in the right mood you could really enjoy it. Try before you buy, but DO try!.
    posted by Tony Vado on 28/8/2001 00:24