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A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife.

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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 <speedy33417@yahoo.com>

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

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22 December 2000 (USA)  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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£521,322 (UK) (22 December 2000)

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ESP 596,451,055 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The movie was originally being developed by Curtis Hanson. See more »

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At the end of the movie, when Jack is supposed to be going to JFK airport to stop Kate from leaving, the scenes from the airport are actually LaGuardia Airport. See more »

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Kate: [Kate is sitting at a table working on her laptop and eating some chocolate cake when Jack arrives home] Hi honey. How was the game?
Jack: Long, boring, and generally pretty sad. Arnie seemed to enjoy it. Sorta.
[he opens up the refrigerator and looks inside]
Jack: Hey where's that chocolate cake?
Kate: [Kate looks at her plate and back at Jack] Do you mean this chocolate cake?
Jack: [Jack looks at her and shuts the fridge door. He starts walking to her] That's my piece. I was saving it because I got nauseated by that ...
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Worth watching more than once
3 October 2003 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Plato put these words in the mouth of Socrates. Brett Ratner puts this theme into `The Family Man.' This is not "It's a Wonderful Life." While it is a "feel good movie," it is an intelligent, reflective one. Neither of the parallel lives led by the main character is shown to be flawless. Both have their attractions. Jack, the lead character, is forced from his comfort zone by a "glimpse" of a life connected by commitment and love to friends and family. This movie does something for me few "feel good" movies ever come close to causing. This movie makes me think about what I really value in life. Both pro-capitalist and pro-family, "The Family Man" either leaves you pondering whether your life is consistent with your values or goes over your head and leaves you with the impression that your emotions have been manipulated by another crass commercial Christmas movie. It depends on what the viewer brings to the table.

P.S. Tea Leoni's shower scene has got to be the sexiest portrayal of a movie mom I ever saw.


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