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Man of the Year (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  13 October 2006 (USA)
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A comedian who hosts a news satire program decides to run for president, and a computerized voting machine malfunction gets him elected.



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Elections are made to be broken. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language including some crude sexual references, drug related material, and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA)  »

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El hombre del año  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,299,380 (USA) (13 October 2006)


$37,442,180 (USA) (22 November 2006)

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Not what I expected
24 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was advertised as a comedy but was far more serious than the trailers made it out to be. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie, but was expecting more laughs. Great performances from Robin Williams and Laura Linney. Worth seeing, but don't go expecting to be rolling on the floor. The movie left me wondering what it would be like if Robin Williams character was a real person that was running for president. Would we elect a comedian? I doubt it, unfortunately. That kind of stark honesty is something greatly lacking today. This is a movie that I will be adding to my DVD library as soon as it comes out on DVD. The movie has heart.

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