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The Extra Man (2010)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Ives
Vivian Cudlip
Meredith Lagerfeld
Katherine Hart
Gershon Gruen
Otto Bellman
Alex Burns ...
Lois Huber
Lewis Payton Jr. ...
Usher (as Lewis Payton)


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 <>

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They're not gigolos, they're gentlemen. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

27 January 2011 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Os Acompanhantes  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Paul Dano and Kevin Kline previously appeared together in The Emperor's Club. See more »


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


Henry Harrison: As Napoleon said, "If rape is imminent..."
Louis Ives: [alarmed at Henry's driving] Henry?...
Henry Harrison: "... relax and enjoy it."
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References I Am Cuba (1964) See more »


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A Kline Gem
11 August 2010 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Kevin Kline creates the sort of character we haven't seen in a long time, not since Clifton Webb, Noel Coward or even George Sanders, an actor dares to step into the uncomfortable zone with so much wit and panache. He is the reason to see the film and in my book, that's reason enough. Paul Dano is wonderful but he projects a strange feeling. As if he has been removed from the pot a bit too quickly. He doesn't look quite done yet. Thoroughly undercooked. One has the overwhelming feeling, he won't be able to survive in this world. The film, as film, doesn't have the aspirations of Paul Schrader's "The Walker" nor its darkness but if you're not put off by a slightly tentative direction, you're in for a treat.

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