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Management (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  15 May 2009 (USA)
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A traveling art saleswoman tries to shake off a flaky motel manager who falls for her and won't leave her alone.

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Trish
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Jerry
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Wally
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Jack (as Mark Boone Jr.)
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Bus Driver
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Storyline

Mike works at his parents' motel in Kingman, population 27,000, on old Route 66. Sue sells art for a Baltimore firm to corporations for office walls. He takes one look at her from behind as she registers at the motel and determines to connect. He's sweet, but hapless, with no ambition other than spending time with her. She's enigmatic - rarely smiling, occasionally impulsive, committed to helping homeless people, feeling the clock tick after a breakup with a boyfriend who could have provided security. Is there any way he stands a chance with her? What can he offer? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Management - Tunteet haltuun  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$375,916 (USA) (15 May 2009)

Gross:

$933,224 (USA) (31 July 2009)
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Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

In the hotelroom is a wine offered as hotel-present. The bottle of white wine (which is drunk without any cooling) is almost empty after only two little glasses. See more »

Quotes

Mike: Maryland is for... lovers. Bumper sticker?
Sue Claussen: Virginia. Virginia is for lovers. Maryland is for crabs.
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Connections

References An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Adventures in Solitude
Written by A.C. Newman
Performed by The New Pornographers
Courtesy of Matador Records & Last Gang Records
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Tries too hard
10 November 2009 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

"Management" isn't necessarily a bad film -- I just found it entirely disengaging. Judging from some of the early feedback, I was expecting a sweet (if predictable) "indie" romantic comedy. I'm not a big fan of Jennifer Aniston, but she plays her types of roles well enough, and Steve Zahn proved with "Rescue Dawn" that he's an underrated actor.

My problem with "Management" is that it plays into the quirky subgenre clichés far too easily. I'd bet the director is a big Hal Ashby or Mike Nichols fan -- this comes off like an uneasy mix of "Harold and Maude" and "The Graduate." Its protagonist is a borderline stalker.

That's not inherently negative, but I just felt like there was no real spark between Aniston and Zahn. The whole thing felt very...calculated. It wasn't naturally offbeat -- and, as a result, I was left wondering why we're supposed to feel any type of entertainment in watching these people.


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