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Anthony M. Bertram
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Gershon was a slave to his libido. He used to bring prostitutes from the Bronx into his apartment, and they would steal things. He couldn't stop, so he turned to me for help. I told him to develop other interests, like reading the dictionary to improve his vocabulary, and bicycle riding - which so far has worked wonders. Course, he's still an obsessive masturbator.
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Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini's 'The Extra Man' is average stuff... that had the potential to come out as a pure gem. But, the writing is weak, especially in the final 30-minutes.
'The Extra Man', based on a novel, tells the story of a failed playwright, who develops an odd mentor relationship with a Louis Ives, a troubled, cross-dressing, aspiring writer to whom, he sublets a room in his New York apartment.
The idea, is fairly interesting, and it does hit the right points in the beginning. But, after a point, the writing begins to lose. The pace suddenly dips, and even the culmination comes out bland. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini's adapted screenplay is flawed. Their direction is just about okay.
Performance-Wise: Kevin Kline is damn good. He is the life of the show. Paul Dano does reasonably well, while John C. Reilly sports a hideous get-up. Katie Holmes is alright. Alicia Goranson is fair.
On the whole, an average effort, that had great potential, but sadly, gets wasted due to weak writing. Watch it if you must!
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