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When Andy Fiddler (Eugene Levy - American Pie films, Bringing Down The House), a clueless, mild-mannered dental-supply salesman, accidentally stumbles into the middle of an undercover operation headed by ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) agent Derrick Vann (Samuel L. Jackson - Pulp Fiction, S.W.A.T.), he finds himself forcibly partnered with Vann for the duration of a perilous investigation into an illegal arms-dealing ring in the action-packed comedy The Man.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Despite the steely presence of Samuel L. Jackson and the comic timing of Eugene Levy, The Man's plot is pointless and its jokes rehashed, as it ends up playing out like the Odd Couple with gas.
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Common Sense Says
Sad excuse for a movie, not for younger teens.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Man features crude humor and ridiculous violence, involving vehicle crashes and physical abuses (trash can lids and phone books slammed into heads, and various other brutalities staged as comedy). The film premises much of its humor on the imbalance between the timid Midwestern salesman and the tough Detroit cop, including repeated discussions of who is whose "bitch" (a term also heard in a hip-hop song on the soundtrack), and other definitions of masculine prowess. The villains -- including an arrogant, young British boss -- are excessively violent as well, shooting a noncompliant client on the toilet. One black character threatens to beat another "like a runaway slave." The film includes brief gross images of bad teeth (during a presentation at a dental appliance convention), dead bodies, bad language (especially combinations of "ass," "s--t," and "f--k"), and fart/flatulence jokes. Characters smoke and drink, sell drugs.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Comedy, Action
- Release Date:September 9, 2005
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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