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Parents' Guide to

The Family Man

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Warmhearted tale about second chances; some sex, profanity.

Movie PG-13 2000 125 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 17+

CommonSense neglected to mention a nude scene and an f***...

We commonsense EVERYTHING before we watch it and love being able to filter our media with We liked the story and the show for the first 40 minutes... until we were startled by a nude scene that CommonSense completely forgot to mention!! The mom is shown dancing very enthusiastically in the shower through a semi-fogged glass shower door- butt crack and nipples were visible. Then, ten minutes later, a f-word that CSM also forgot to mention. Who knows what else CSM didn't tell us about because we turned the show off. So disappointed in the film and especially in CommonSense who we trust to keep our media intake clean.
age 18+

Looks can be deceiving

It looked like it was going to be a light romantic take on It’s a Wonderful Life and in a kind of was. The story was progressing along and all very PG -PG13ish when all of a sudden out of the blue the characters are swearing a blue streak without any need to bring development to the story. He’s also thinking of cheating on his beautiful devoted wife. Thankfully, His best friend tells him, he’d be making the mistake of his life!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (2 ):

There's some predictability and awkward construction in this movie; it feels as if it were edited heavily after focus-group testing, leaving some characters and plot lines unresolved. Nonetheless, this is a holiday pleasure. Cage and Leoni are enormously appealing in their various incarnations. There are some funny lines and warm moments, especially when the one person Jack can't fool is his daughter, who knows this is not the daddy she loves and decides he must be an alien. And there is a satisfying resolution that incorporates the best of both options.

The grand tradition of "what if?" movies from A Christmas Carol to It's a Wonderful Life and the more recent Passion of Mind and Me Myself I show us an unhappy hero or heroine who finds out what life would have been like if he or she had made a different choice. Though in this version, Jack loved his life to begin with.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 22, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: July 2, 2001
  • Cast: Don Cheadle , Nicolas Cage , Tea Leoni
  • Director: Brett Ratner
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 125 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual references and situations and language
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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