Man of the House



Not too much to cheer about in this lame movie.
  • Review Date: July 18, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

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.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Scenes in bar, social drinking.

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.

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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 of MAN OF THE HOUSE 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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:February 25, 2005
DVD release date:July 19, 2005
Cast:Christina Milian, Tommy Lee Jones
Director:Stephen Herek
Studio:Sony Pictures
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference

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Teen, 16 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008


Even if this movie wasn't very good it would still be the best thing I've ever seen considering there wa hot cheerleaders! There is a couple of references but not as bad as some movies nad not alot of language. 12 and up
Teen, 16 years old Written bycyclone09 April 9, 2008
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