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The Extra Man (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  27 January 2011 (Greece)
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A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing.

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Louis Ives
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Vivian Cudlip
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Meredith Lagerfeld
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Katherine Hart
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Tanya
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Louis, a young teacher enamored of the age of F. Scott Fitzgerald, loses his job when he's caught trying on a bra he finds in a campus office. He decides to go to New York City to find himself and to be a writer. He answers an ad for a housemate placed by the eccentric and opinionated Henry Harrison; an odd-couple relationship starts. Louis gets a job selling advertising for a green magazine and fancies Mary, a co-worker. He meets Henry's neighbor, the hirsute Gershon, and Henry offers Paul schooling in the gentleman's world of being an "extra man" - a hired companion, a gigolo - for older women. Can Louis sort out these varied worlds as well as his own expectations? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Also Known As:

Os Acompanhantes  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,861 (USA) (30 July 2010)

Gross:

$453,079 (USA) (22 October 2010)
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Trivia

One of the patrons of Sally's bar is author Jonathan Ames, who wrote the novel which the movie is based on. See more »

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As the main characters ride in a convertible out of the city, the background scenery of a cemetery is continuously repeated. See more »

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[after their night at the opera, Henry and Louis chat before retiring. Henry explains his role as an "Extra Man", and Louis aspires aloud to becoming Henry's assistant. Henry mentions that his lady friend has an attractive young niece. Suddenly... ]
Henry Harrison: Are we having a conversation?
Louis Ives: Yes, I'd say so.
Henry Harrison: Well, it has to stop. We should know as little about each other as possible. Good relationships have this foundation. Now goodnight!
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Essential characters, but awfully weird
5 January 2011 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline) is "The Extra Man", but to him, he's an "essential man". He seems to live in a time and class that he doesn't physically occupy. Louis Ives (Paul Dano) would really just like to be a character in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. These characteristics were so intriguing at the beginning of the film because there are a lot of thoughtful and interesting directions to take it.

They make a great pairing, except for the fact that Henry isn't just homophobic, but proudly and defiantly, extremely homophobic, and Louis is proudly and completely confused. And neither of them understand the nature of their friendship. When the film chooses to explore Louis' inner transvestite and getting deeper into Henry's obsession as the essential man, everything just gets weird.

"The Extra Man" is an extremely intelligent film. There was clearly a lot of effort put into the writing, the characters, the acting and the making of this film, but the weird directions it took were too much for me. I want to recommend it to those who like smart, philosophical, but weird, independent films. Just look out for some "sexually deviant behaviour".


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