Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
A modern-day Frank Capra story. Jack Campbell, a successful and talented businessman, is happily living his single life. He has everything, or so he thinks. One day he wakes up in a new life where he didn't leave his college girlfriend for a London trip. He's married to Kate, lives in Jersey and has two kids. He, of course, desperately wants his life back for which he has worked 13 years for. He's president of P. K. Lassiter Investment House and not a tire salesman at Big Ed's. He drives a Ferrari and not a mini-van that never starts. And most importantly he doesn't wake up in the morning with kids jumping on the bed. After a bad start, day by day he's more confident in his new life and starts to see what he's been missing. Turns out money's good to have but that's not everything. Written by
In the scene where Kate is lying in the bed and Jack is asking her to remember him no matter what, Kate is reading a book called 'Being There' by Jerzy Kosinski. The book is barely seen in the screen but it has a connection. It is the story of Chauncey Gardiner, an enigmatic but distinguished man who emerges from nowhere to become an heir to the throne of a Wall Street tycoon. Similar to the storyline of Jack at that moment, as he tries to move into the investment firm from a tire salesman job. See more »
During the Christmas party, when Jack learns of Kate's profession, Kate eats an olive on the toothpick, however in the next shot of her the olive has reappeared, and in the shot after it is again gone. See more »
Nicholas Cage and Tea Leoni steal the show in this very pleasant movie. Jack Campbell (Cage) is a Wall Street investment banker at the top of his profession, that is until one Christmas eve, when he stumbles into the middle of a grocery store hold up. The next day he wakes up married to his college sweetheart Kate Reynolds (Leoni) and he has children. When he finds his old life no longer exists he has to adjust his lifestyle to fit in with his family.
With slight comparisons to Sliding Doors in the way the story works and the concept of life altering decisions 'Family Man' is very entertaining, charming and heart warming, not to mention subtly amusing throughout. Cage and Leoni are a great on-screen couple and the story is definitely intriguing enough to make for compulsive viewing.
7/10 Not as good as Sliding Doors, but its definitely worthy of your attention.
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