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Management -- It's lust at first sight for laid-back motel night manager Mike when Sue, an uptight sales rep, checks in. Convinced that Sue is his dream girl, Mike shakes up his slacker life in an outrageous pursuit across the country.
Management -- 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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Writer (WGA):
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Aniston ... Sue

Steve Zahn ... Mike

Margo Martindale ... Trish

Fred Ward ... Jerry

James Hiroyuki Liao ... Al

Woody Harrelson ... Jango
Katie O'Grady ... Corporate Bliss Receptionist
Yolanda Suarez ... Marissa

Kevin Heffernan ... Jed
Don Burns ... Businessman (as Don Stewart Burns)
Kimberly Howard ... Colleague
Collin Crowley ... Wally

Gilberto Martin del Campo ... Priest

Mark Boone Junior ... Jack (as Mark Boone Jr.)

Garfield Wedderburn ... Bus Driver

Josh Lucas ... Barry (as Easy Dent)

Dominic Fumusa ... Stan Ball

Tzi Ma ... Truc Quoc
Joan Riordan ... Mary
Robert Projansky ... Homeless Man #1
Jerry Foster ... Homeless Man #2
Yuqin Wang ... Betty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
T.J. Civis ... Pilot (uncredited)
Ranielle Gray ... Yoga Class Member (uncredited)
Timothy Levine ... Upset Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Moreen Littrell ... Colleague #2 (uncredited)
Michael J. Prosser ... Dick #2 (uncredited)
Jenna Rae ... Soccer Player (uncredited)
Brent Simon ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Taylor Tunes ... Yoga Student (uncredited)
Rian Turner ... Aberdeen Pedestrian (uncredited)
Robert Zorn ... Vietnam Veteran (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Belber 
Writing credits
Stephen Belber (written by)

Produced by
Jennifer Aniston .... executive producer
Marty Bowen .... producer
Jordana Glick-Franzheim .... associate producer
Wyck Godfrey .... producer
Victor Ho .... line producer: additional photography
William Horberg .... executive producer
Sidney Kimmel .... producer
Nan Morales .... executive producer
Jim Tauber .... executive producer
Bruce Toll .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
Rob Simonsen 
Cinematography by
Eric Alan Edwards (director of photography) (as Eric Edwards)
Film Editing by
Kate Sanford 
Casting by
Joseph Middleton 
Production Design by
Judy Becker 
Art Direction by
Simon Dobbin 
Set Decoration by
Vera Mills 
Costume Design by
Christopher Lawrence 
Makeup Department
Molly Craytor .... additional makeup artist
Dena Fayne .... key hair stylist
Whitney James .... makeup department head
Beth Miller .... additional key hair stylist
Jennifer Strauss .... assistant hair stylist (as Jena Strauss)
Paula Sutor .... key makeup artist
Melissa A. Yonkey .... hair department head
Production Management
Michael Bederman .... unit production manager
Christy Dimmig .... post-production supervisor
Victor Ho .... unit production manager: additional photography
Michael D. Jones .... unit production manager: Oregon
Victor Ho .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karen Davis .... second assistant director (as Karen D. Davis)
Shelly Heyward .... second second assistant director (as Shelly M. Heyward)
Nan Morales .... second unit director
Donald Sparks .... first assistant director (as Donald L. Sparks)
Art Department
Eztrella Armijo .... art department intern
Tyan Bardon .... construction foreman
Daas Bersano .... gang boss
Philip Blackburn .... set dressing swing (as Philip S. Blackburn)
Scott Braucht .... art department production assistant
Charles A. Carlsen .... greens
Garret Christensen .... art department assistant
Brady J. Condit .... set dresser
Noreen Coyne .... art department coordinator
Ken Erck .... key scenic artist
Sean Fong .... leadman
Stephen Frankland .... props assistant (as Stephen T. Frankland)
Jenelle Giordano .... set dressing swing
Randal R. Groves .... construction coordinator
Katie Hofsommer .... set decorator: additional photography
Mike Horn .... lead man: additional photography
Rob Howeth .... art director: additional photography
Adam Johnson .... set dressing swing
Jeffrey Brian Johnson .... set dresser
Bree Judah .... scenic artist
Sean Kennedy .... set decoration buyer (as C. Sean Kennedy)
Ellen Lepinski .... paint gang boss
Rick Lepinski .... general foreman (as Rickey Lepinski)
Greg McMickle .... property master
Bekka Melino .... set dresser
Amber Overstreet .... intern
John Pearson-Denning .... assistant property master
Allyson Peterson .... art department production assistant
Renee Prince .... painter
Dean G. Roberts .... construction foreman
Dan Schaefer .... storyboard artist
Ryan Warren Smith .... on-set dresser (as Ryan Smith)
Teresa Tamiyasu .... set decoration buyer (as Teresa J. Tamiyasu)
Mark Tomlinson .... set dresser
Johnny Trudell .... gang boss (as Johnny R. Trudell)
Adrianna Valencia .... construction auditor
Erin Van Dyke .... art department intern
Chandler Vinar .... set dressing gangboss
Harold 'Willy' Wilson .... set painter (as Harold W. Wilson)
Jose Solis .... signwriter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert Batha .... assistant sound editor
Richard Bullock Jr. .... boom operator (as Rich Bullock)
Kelly Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Melissa A. Corns .... sound effects editor (as Melissa Corns)
Dominique Decaudain .... foley artist (as Dominique Tadach)
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos DeLarios)
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Eric Flickinger .... sound mix technician
Eric J. Goldstein .... cable utility
Eric J. Goldstein .... utility sound (as Eric Jan Goldstein)
Rachel Holley .... sound effects editor
Matt Hovland .... adr mixer
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Glenn Micallef .... production sound mixer
Ryan Murphy .... sound mix technician
Jason Oliver .... sound recordist
Aynee Osborn .... dialogue editor (as Aynee Osborn Joujon-Roche)
Sarah Payan .... adr editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Philip A. Schwartz .... second boom: additional photography
Philip A. Schwartz .... utility sound: additional photography
George Tyson .... additional boom operator
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer (as Greg Watkins)
James Wright .... Dolby Sound Consultant
Special Effects by
Ray Brown .... special effects
Casey Pritchett .... special effects (as William Casey Pritchett)
Carly Sertic .... special effects
Kai Shelton .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Casey Allen .... senior flame artist
Trent Claus .... flame artist
Chris Ingersoll .... flame artist
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration
Jeremy Nicolaides .... compositor
Thomas Nittmann .... executive visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
Brian Nugent .... senior flame artist
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
Edson Williams .... visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects
Ryan Zuttermeister .... associate visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
Tony Lee Boggs .... stunt coordinator (as Tony Boggs)
Chris Burket .... aerial stunt coordinator
Joe Jennings .... aerial stunts (as Joseph Murphy Jennings)
Scott E. Smith .... aerial stunts (as Scott Smith)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Banholzer .... grip
Andy Barden .... electrician
Melanie C. Brown .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Melanie Brown)
Chris Burket .... aerial director of photography
Chris 'Chalky' Chalk .... additional electrician (as Chris Chalk)
David Corbett .... additional electrician
Harry Dawson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Paul Fanning .... rigging gaffer
Brian Fleskes .... additional grip
Bruce 'Sarge' Fleskes .... gaffer (as Bruce Fleskes)
Andrew Gallegos .... electrician (as Drew Gallegos)
Greg Gasson .... aerial cinematographer
Nate Goodman .... camera loader
Jeffrey Greeley .... camera operator: "a" camera
Mike Hanauska .... grip (as Michael Hanauska)
Suzanne Hanover .... still photographer
Patrick R. Heffernan .... key grip: Los Angeles
Tom Heigl .... additional loader
Jesse Homan .... additional grip
Steve Hubert .... additional electrician
Chip Ingram .... grip
Tim Jankowski .... additional electrician
Ian Jennings .... additional grip (as Ian S. Jennings)
Curt Klein .... video assist assistant
Brent Lawson .... best boy grip (as Brent T. Lawson)
Brian C. Lawson .... dolly grip
Bruce Lawson .... key grip
Brian LeGrady .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jay Levy .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Jay S. Levy)
Matthew May .... additional electrician
Andrew McDowall .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Joe Meade .... camera operator: second unit
Moira Morel .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
John S. Moyer .... camera operator: "a" camera (as John Moyer)
Stephen Purcell .... additional electrician
Greg Schmitt .... Steadicam operator (as Greg P. Schmitt)
Sigfried Seeliger .... additional electrician (as Justin B. Sigfried Seeliger)
Bryan Seidel .... additional electrician
Brian Sicotte .... additional grip
Rich Sutherland .... additional electrician (as Richard Sutherland)
Jean Margaret Thomas .... additional grip
Juliana Tobon .... production photographer
Joe Vitellaro .... grip
Scott Walters .... best boy electric (as Scott A. Walters)
James Walton .... video playback operator (as James H. Walton)
Justin C. Ward .... additional electrician (as Justin Ward)
Martin Oliver Edward Wright .... video assist operator
Casting Department
Veronica Gilbert .... extras casting assistant
Eryn Goodman .... local casting assistant: Oregon
Diana Hammons .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Jonathan Clay Harris .... casting associate
Diane Kerstein .... extras casting assistant
Lauren Lazell .... casting assistant
Lori Lewis .... local casting associate: Oregon
Christian Rodriguez .... casting intern
Lana Veenker .... local casting director: Oregon
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cindy Bagby .... additional costumer
Nikki Bartnick .... costumer (as Nikki Paulson-Bartnick)
Marilyn Madsen .... cutter/fitter
Stephen K. Randolph .... costume supervisor
Emilea A. Rivera .... tailor/stitcher
Chapin Simpson .... key costumer
Katherine Wright .... costumer: Ms. Aniston
Editorial Department
George Chavez .... color timer
Mindy Elliott .... first assistant editor
Suzy Ortega .... assistant editor
Faust Pierfederici .... digital preview colorist
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor
Jeff Smithwick .... digital film colorist
Dan Williams .... digital color assistant
Music Department
Joe Ayoub .... musician: bass
Missy Cohen .... music editor
Mychael Danna .... score producer
Jim Dunbar .... music coordinator
Brett Farkas .... musician: guitar
Bonnie Greenberg .... executive in charge of music
Brad Haehnel .... score mixer
Brad Haehnel .... score recordist
Jen Monnar .... supervising music editor
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Joe Rudge .... music clearances
Rob Simonsen .... orchestrator
Amritha Vaz .... assistant to composers (as Amritha Fernandes Bakshi)
Joey Waronker .... musician: drums
Transportation Department
Victoria Mischa Austreng .... driver (as Victoria Austreng)
Nik Edgerton .... driver
Steve Evans .... driver (as Steven C. Evans)
Barry E. Golob .... driver (as Barry Golob)
Ryder Greene .... driver
Russell Hajek .... driver
Mark 'Sparky' Haleston .... driver (as Mark Haleston)
Brian D. Hall .... driver
Bart Heimburger .... driver
Gary Jackson .... driver (as Gary W. Jackson)
Philip Krysl .... driver (as Philip L. Krysl)
Nathon S. Lewis .... exclusive driver: Steve Zahn
Brendan McKeon .... driver
Greg McVey .... driver
Andrew Mott .... driver
David Norris .... transportation coordinator
John Petty .... driver
Robert Platt .... driver
Thomas Platt .... driver
Gary Roberts .... driver
Joe Soleberg .... driver: honeywagon (as Joel Solberg)
Eric Solmonson .... transportation captain
Dean Starkey .... driver
Laura Stride .... driver
John Sundby .... driver
Bernard Szymanski .... driver
Rick Wiley .... driver: camera car
Don Williams .... driver: fuel truck
Other crew
Guy Adan .... publicist
Matthew Cohen .... assistant: Mr. Godfrey
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity consultants
Nell Drake .... payroll accountant
Charles Fagin .... key assistant location manager
France Myung Fagin .... location manager
Allison Furgal .... assistant production coordinator
Shaun Gavin .... assistant location manager
Carolyn Golden .... production assistant
Shayna Goldstein .... set teacher
Adam Green .... production assistant: additional photography
Linda Griffis .... clearance coordinator
Barbara Harris .... adr group coordinator
Tracy Harshman .... assistant: Mr. Harrelson
Lauren Henry .... head animal trainer
Mischa Jakupcak .... production assistant
Mary Jasionowski .... production accountant
Krysta Kelley .... additional caterer
Alex Klaue .... production assistant (as Alexandria K. Klaue)
Johanna Klingenberger .... first assistant accountant
Nathon S. Lewis .... assistant: Mr. Zahn (as Nathon Lewis)
Nathon S. Lewis .... personal trainer: Steve Zahn
Drew Lindo .... production secretary: additional photography
Carolyn Mcguinness .... assistant: Ms. Aniston (as Carolyn McGuiness)
Meredith Meade .... production coordinator: additional photography
Suzanne Schnulle Murphy .... post-production accountant: Pass Accounting, Inc. (as Sue Murphy)
Heather Neeld .... production coordinator
Sandy Parker .... script supervisor
Wilson Peery .... assistant production coordinator
Jenna Rae .... assistant: Mr. Belber
Sheila Roberts .... craft service
Jason Ruffolo .... set production assistant
Taylor Saxon .... on-set medic (as Taylor A. Saxon)
Ann Shimabukuro .... production assistant
Roland Sonnenburg .... animal trainer
Andrew Ticer .... location assistant
Taylor Tunes .... stand-in (as Taylor Renee Campell)
Dena Twain .... assistant: Mr. Bowen
Crystal Walen .... production assistant (as Crystal Faith Walen)
Robert Warberg .... assistant location manager
Benn Wiebe .... production assistant (as Benjamin Wiebe)
Patsy Williams .... craft service
Derek Wilson .... production assistant
Andrea Young .... production assistant
Aaron Merrell .... director of production: SKE (uncredited)
Gary Stone .... cast security (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez .... legal administrator (uncredited)
Henry Belber .... special thanks
Sage Belber .... special thanks
John Buzzetti .... special thanks
Ted Chervin .... special thanks
Katie Firth .... special thanks
Todd Hoffman .... special thanks
Chris Messina .... special thanks
Kevin Tent .... special thanks
Lucie Tiberghien .... special thanks

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Rated R for language
USA:94 min | Canada:93 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:M | Iceland:10 | Netherlands:9 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:7 (DVD rating) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #44651)
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This was not the first time Steve Zahn and Jennifer Anniston have appeared together. He was in an episode of Friends.See more »
Miscellaneous: Near the beginning of the movie Sue (Jennifer Aniston) is sitting in her hotel room on the bed looking down at the email screen on her laptop. The left-hand side of the screen shows there are 4 unread emails but there are actually 8 unread emails. The top right-hand corner of the screen says 'Viewing messages: 1 to 8 (8 total)' but there are actually 15 messages displayed.See more »
Mike:Take care of yourself a little... so that the people who love you don't feel like they're annoying you!See more »
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48 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Management, 15 August 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Sure if someone has hot as Jennifer Aniston were to offer you to touch their butt, I'm sure almost every male out there would jump at the chance of doing so without thinking twice. It's a no brainer offer, and a teaser of course to a larger, more sentimental story out there about the relentless pursuit of love, the romanticism attached to wanting to be with someone, without being consciously bogged by the harsh realities of life and survival. With affairs of the heart, to me at least it's a seizing of opportunities presented, rather than to adopt the wait and see approach.

The hook for the film, written and directed by Stephen Belber, is of course that much talked about scene between Aniston and Steve Zahn, the former being Sue, an art saleswoman who on a business trip had stayed at a motel, which Zahn's Mike is the night manager of his family's business. Smitten by none other than her buttocks, Mike crafts simple yet really strange excuses just to be close to Sue and talk to her, and the initial scenes which they share in her hotel room, is something that both actors brought out superbly – the awkwardness, the suspicions, and that hopeful look that something good might arise from all of the nonsense.

Thus began Mike's obsession with Sue when she allowed him that grace to fulfill a fantasy, and that translated to the borderline of stalking, where he dumps everything, and pursues her across state lines. Turning up at someone's workplace unannounced can have a very chilling effect, especially when one is only nothing more than an acquaintance and a one- nighter, to pass time and in an attempt to claw out of loneliness. After all, anything else is better than being holed up in your hotel room playing Solitaire on a computer.

Management is pretty much about the idealistic and pragmatic lenses that we wear from time to time in our view of romantic relationships. Here, it's a Mr Idealistic versus Ms Pragmatic in the approach. In Mike, we see someone with a hope of going beyond his comfort zone of his parents' business, in the pursuit of a romance that he only wishes to turn out positively. There's no plan, there's no ulterior motive, there's only the want to be with someone and spend time with her, pure and simple. Heck he doesn't even have enough money to begin with.

For Ms Pragmatic, it's all about the plan, where such a situation will lead to, Complications arrive through the introduction of her ex-boyfriend Jango (Woody Harrelson), an ex-punk band member who is now an established businessman. This means a nobody Mike is against a somebody Jango, and presents a choice for Sue to choose – the one for that undying romance, or the one who can pay the bills and allow her to continue hiding behind charitable causes to coast through life without spontaneity that the former may bring. It's a matter of love for genuine love of a person, or a love that is a matter of convenience and timing, which in itself is truly sad because you know that there's a compromise, which may not be for the better.

The film also went beyond the usual romantic elements, and tried successfully to insert other aspects of relationships such as family (Mike's Mom and Dad played by Margo Martindale and Fred Ward respectively), and friends. The role of Al (James Hiroyuki Liao) as Mike's best friend was curiously interesting as well, as here's an almost mirrored character in having a waiter working in his parents' restaurant business too. Despite being present only in the middle act, Al's role served as comedic fodder, and to catalyze that life changing idea for Mike in learning to let go, but never forgetting.

In many ways, the character of Mike had reminded me of a younger self where caution is thrown to the wind with the chasing of skirts, in the same way zoning on that singular tree while forsaking the forest, never mind the issues of incompatibility that loomed in the horizon. Not a very wise move of course on hindsight, but given the intoxicating passionate nature then, I suppose that was that. Naturally between then and now I had realized that there had been irreversible change in our characters probably, and the ones in the past vaguely seem like distant characters who only remotely resemble who they are now.

But Management somehow was more hopeful and optimistic in nature, and I suppose that suited the movie just fine, bringing you through the stages of passionate infatuation to love through the power of naive sincerity. With an excellent selection of songs in its soundtrack, Management may just end up as a surprise when I compile my top 10 list for the year. For those who are looking for that little extra in a romantic comedy, then Management may just be that little gem which will set you thinking.

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