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Man of the House (I) (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  25 February 2005 (USA)
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A Texas Ranger must protect a group of cheerleaders who have witnessed a murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Percy Stevens
Teresa (as Paula Garces)
Barbara 'Barb' Thompson
Professor Molly McCarthy
Ranger Riggs (as Terry Parks)
Binky Beauregard
Maggie Swanson


Texas Ranger Roland Sharp is assigned to protect the only witnesses to the murder of a key figure in the prosecution of a drug kingpin -- a group of University of Texas cheerleaders. Sharp must now go undercover as an assistant cheerleading coach and move in with the young women. Written by Anonymous

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Protecting witnesses is a challenge. Living with them is impossible.


Action | Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cheer Up  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,917,251 (USA) (25 February 2005)


$173,209 (South Africa) (15 July 2005)

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The pizza delivered to Sharp is from Mangia Pizza, an actual pizza chain in Austin. Sharp identifies his pizza as "The Carnivore", which is a real item from Mangia's menu. See more »


Heather claims to have had Professor McCarthy the previous quarter, but the University of Texas at Austin runs on the semester system (Fall, Spring, Summer). See more »


Teresa: I'll tell you something about this daughter of yours that you know nothing about, she must be severely messed up in the head from living with you.
Roland Sharp: She lives with her mother.
Evie: Why did your marriage fall apart?
Roland Sharp: That is one of many things you and I will never discuss.
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If You Liked Miss Congeniality, Then You Will Like This, Too.
1 March 2005 | by (Calimesa, California) – See all my reviews

Man Of The House is about a Texas Ranger named Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones) who is hunting down potential witnesses and leads to testify against a mob boss. While on the verge of capturing a potential lead, his partner is shot and he loses his witness. Everything is up in the air and no one knows which way to go when, luckily, five cheerleaders witness the execution of the man Sharp was trying to capture, who is named Morgan Ball (Curtis Armstrong - Who would have thought he would still be making movies long after his most successful stint as Booger has long been dead). After the girls decide to do the right thing, and tell the police, they are held in protective custody until they can capture the criminal who would surely be looking for them. They decide that Sharp will look after them personally and live in the same house as long as needed. This is where the comedy really begins.

The movie is meant to be a comedy, and I think Tommy Lee Jones did an excellent job with it, as well as Cedric The Entertainer. The movie opens like a typical action movie and then goes with the comedy all the way until the end, when it reverts back to that one big action sequence to end it all.

Jones and Cedric made the movie as good as it was. The cheerleaders were simply eye candy, which is just fine by me. My favorite being Barb (Kelli Garner). Jones comes off a little too old when he refuses to let the girls run around the house in the usual skimpy teen attire we all see nowadays, but that is just to show his character. You still get to see plenty of the girls, which is probably as much an attraction as Jones and Cedric.

This movie is a little hard to review for some reason but like I said in the title, if you liked the movie Miss Congeniality, then you will most likely enjoy this one, too. They are cut of the same cloth, so to speak. If you did not like Miss Congeniality, then you probably will not like this either. I guess that is the best way to put it. I enjoyed it for what it was. 7.5/10

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