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Man Trouble (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  17 July 1992 (USA)
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A sleazy but affable guard dog trainer is blackmailed to steal a manuscript for a tell-all book from one of his clients.

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Eugene Earl Axline, aka Harry Bliss
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Joan Spruance
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Redmond Layls
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Andy Ellerman
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Eddy Revere
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Laurence Moncrief
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June Huff
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Helen Dextra
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Lewie Duart
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Detective Melvenos
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Adele Bliss
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Lee MacGreevy
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Eugene Earl Axline is a guard dog trainer who gets involved with one of his clients, Joan Spruance. Spruance's sister is a classic airhead, who is spilling all she knows about her gangster boyfriend. Written by John sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>

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She put her life in his hands. Unfortunately, his hands have a life of their own. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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17 July 1992 (USA)  »

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Ela Nunca Se Nega  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,096,030 (USA)
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Meryl Streep was initially intended for the role of Joan Spruance, but she withdrew when she became pregnant. See more »

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A wall wobbles when Harry bumps into it as he grapples with Red's henchman, indicating that it's a set rather than a real hospital room. See more »

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Harry Bliss: I'm the only guy who knows what in the hell I'm doing!
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May-December Romance Too Hard To Believe
24 September 2008 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I love Ellen Barkin, 'deed I do, but even she cannot make the romance with Jack Nicholson believable here. Even back in 1992, Nicholson was TOO OLD to play a romantic lead with a woman seventeen years his junior.

I was getting the creeps watching this in the fall of 2008, and suddenly I realized why. The pairing reminds me of John McCain and his trophy wife, Cindy. McCain: born 1936. Nicholson: born 1937. Cindy and Barkin: both born 1954.

It's obnoxious, the way Hollywood continues to indulge Nicholson (and, presumably, equally elderly male producers and writers) with this assumption that an audience can believe gorgeous young women will fall all over him. Oh, spare me. And start giving actresses Nicholson's own age parts like the plums HE gets, or at least, parts playing his love interest.

I like dogs, I like Ellen Barkin, and that's why I was able to endure the movie at all, though I was embarrassed for her being stuck with such a ludicrous part - and one which, in a movie meant to be funny, failed to take full advantage of her talent for comedy, especially her considerable physical comedy chops.

Also loved Lauren Tom as the Nicholson's wife! Again, the age difference is severe - Tom was born in 1961, making her fully 24 years younger than Nicholson and his character - but Tom's put-on accent (she was born in Chicago) and Nicholson's overall sleaziness suggest that she's a mail-order bride struggling to make the best of a groom who calls her "Iwo Jima." Tom, like Barkin, deserves better writing than this.

One star for Barkin, one star for Tom, and one star for the dog. Zero stars for the rest of it, particularly casting Nicholson and for the overly-complex plot lines.


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