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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:
Meredith Lagerfeld
Katherine Hart
Otto Bellman
Alex Burns ...
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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a sexless new comedy 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 USA:

$18,861, 1 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$453,079, 24 October 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Dano and Kevin Kline previously appeared together in The Emperor's Club (2002). 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: This is starting to sound like an interview. You planning to write the unauthorized autobiography of an obscure playwright whose masterpiece was stolen by a hunchback?
Louis Ives: Is it so wrong to be interested in you?
Henry Harrison: Yes! I'm not interested in YOU. From now on I intend to give you the most misleading image possible. You may write my biography but you will never capture my soul.
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References Synecdoche, New York (2008) See more »


Somewhere My Love
Written by Maurice Jarre and Paul Francis Webster (as Paul Webster)
Performed by John C. Reilly
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Essential characters, but awfully weird
5 January 2011 | by 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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