Man of the Year

 
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Lame political comedy misses the mark.
  • Review Date: February 19, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 115 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A character tries to cover up his company's mistake. Characters are corrupt (politicians, corporate big-wigs). Lots of crude humor.

Violence

Paint-ball scene in which the president is shot. A character refers to beating up a guy when he was a teenager.

Sex

Romance between two characters, kissing, implied sex, jokes about Monica Lewinsky, lesbians, foreplay, prostitutes, underwear, same-sex marriages, pictures of naked women.

Language

"Damn," "f--k."

Consumerism

Post-It Notes, Paintball, references to Enron, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Oprah, Saturday Night Live, NASCAR, Ikea.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A character chain smokes. Social drinking at a dinner party. Jokes about "inhaling."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teens will likely be interested in this movie thanks to relentless promotion and its connection to Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Unfortunately, it just isn't that funny -- it could have been an amusing political commentary, but it missed the mark. Also, there are crude jokes galore (remember, it stars Robin Williams) about diapers, farts, "inhaling," pictures of naked women, and sex ("I did not have sex with that woman ... I wanted to, but I didn't").

What's the story?

In MAN OF THE YEAR, Robin Williams stars as Tom Dobbs, a TV host a la The Daily Show's Jon Stewart who jokes about running for president. One day during the warm up before his show, an audience member challenges Dobbs to actually run -- next thing you know, he's a major candidate and then, unbelievably, president. Turns out that a computer glitch in the voting process results in Dobbs' win. An evil software company has sold the United States on a national voting system -- but just weeks before the election, computer analyst Eleanor Green (Laura Linney) discovers an anomaly that company legal counsel Alan Stewart (Jeff-Goldblum) will do just about anything to keep secret.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Man of the Year starts out as a comedy, but somewhere along the way, it turns into a conspiracy thriller. Unfortunately, it really can't decide what it wants to be -- All the President's Men, Wag the Dog, or Bulworth. If Williams had been given the chance to do any real comedy, this could have been a really funny movie, but the plot spirals into a sub-par thriller. And a subplot involving a romance between Dobbs and Green doesn't work at all.

If the filmmakers were going to take the thriller route, why not throw a few issues into the mix -- war, terrorists, something! As it is, this is a milquetoast movie that doesn't play on any of its actors' strengths, including Linney, the formidable Christopher Walken, who plays Dobbs' chain-smoking manager, and irascible Daily Show regular Lewis Black, who plays his curmudgeonly head-writer.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether a comedian could really run for president and win. If so, who would be a good candidate? What makes someone qualified to be president? Is it OK to have a president who isn't exactly a model of morality? What specific people and issues is the movie spoofing? What issues should be brought up in a presidential candidacy? Where does your family stand on topical issues like abortion, hydrogen fuel, war, and legal marijuana?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 12, 2006
DVD release date:February 20, 2007
Cast:Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Robin Williams
Director:Barry Levinson
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:115 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language, including some crude sexual references, drug related material, and brief violence.

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Kid, 12 years old February 8, 2013
 

So bad it's bad.

Absolutly tedious. From start to finish you are pounded with crude, at some points embarisingly bad jokes. The language and drug usage ammount to no wit what so ever.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bymnkyby April 9, 2008
 
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
 
This movie was funny and dramatic! I loved it! I could watch it over and over again!

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