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 script version, Jack sings 'Witchcraft' by Frank Sinatra to Kate during her birthday party. In the movie, it had been switched to 'La, La, La Means I Love You' by The Delfonics. See more »
During the convenience store scene, as "Cash" is confronting Jack then talking to the clerk prior to leaving his silver chain moves from under his jacket to hanging over the collar and back again as the shots change. See more »
[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?
Long, boring, and generally pretty sad. Arnie seemed to enjoy it. Sorta.
[he opens up the refrigerator and looks inside]
Hey where's that chocolate cake?
[Kate looks at her plate and back at Jack]
Do you mean this chocolate cake?
[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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As actor Robert Downey Sr.'s name scrolls up the screen during the credits, the words "(a prince)" appear next to it. This happens in other movies in which he appears. See more »
"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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