Man of the House

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Not too much to cheer about in this lame movie.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Role Models

A strength of the movie is its diverse characters.


A lot of action violence including gunfire, characters wounded and killed, brief graphic images.


Sexual references, skimpy clothes.


Brief strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Scenes in bar, social drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes some violence, including gunfire. Characters are injured and killed, and there are some brief graphic images. There are sexual references, and the cheerleaders wear skimpy clothes. The movie includes social drinking and a scene in a bar, with a reference to a character's having given up drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTheTacoMom August 4, 2020

Texas Fun

Action and heart make this movie a fun and lovable movie night with the older kids.
Adult Written byjennbeau April 9, 2008


I like Tommy Lee Jones in this role, he's GREAT!!!! The movie was cute, funny and had a great ending! I didn't think it was lame at all!?!?
Kid, 9 years old December 25, 2016
Great family movie night movie if your looking for an action comedy appropriate movie. I thought this movie was very good with brief inappropriate parts so I wo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 25, 2021

What's the story?

Tommy Lee Jones, in gloriously full-crag mode, plays a Texas Ranger who is assigned to protect cheerleaders who witnessed a murder.

Is it any good?

The plot provides opportunities for many culture clashes and learning experiences; unfortunately, most of those opportunities are neglected in favor of cheap humor and cheesy formula. We don't even get to see much cheering. The girls are cute. And Jones is cuter. There is some mild humor and some mildly involving action. But the movie tries too hard to be a little of everything.

And then there is a "this has nothing do to with anything else in the movie but Cedric the Entertainer is funny" scene, with Cedric as a former con turned preacher who shows off some of his best cheerleading moves. Cedric and Jones are pros who perk up a lackluster script. The girls are not quite interchangeable, with pop star Christina Milian a standout as the captain. Paula Garces (Clockstoppers), relegated to a stereotyped spitfire role, still shows some genuine spirit. It's frequently almost cute, almost funny, almost touching. Give it one cheer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it was hard for Sharp to talk to his daughter. What were the most important things that he and the cheerleaders learned from each other?

Movie details

  • In theaters: February 25, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: July 19, 2005
  • Cast: Christina Milian, Tommy Lee Jones
  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference
  • Last updated: September 21, 2019

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