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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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Louis Ives
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Vivian Cudlip
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Meredith Lagerfeld
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Katherine Hart
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Gershon Gruen
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Aresh
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Otto Bellman
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Brad
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Sandra
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Lois Huber
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George
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Usher (as Lewis Payton)
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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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Release Date:

27 January 2011 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Os Acompanhantes  »

Box Office

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

As Henry drives Louis and himself to the theater for the first time, Henry demonstrates that he is a wild driver, without concern for other drivers and pedestrians. At one point, a voice off-screen yells "Asshole!" This is what Otto would exclaim from time to time as he wildly drove through London in A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Both Henry and Otto are played by Kevin Kline. 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 »

Quotes

Henry Harrison: Primarily, I'm a playwright.
Louis Ives: Really? Have I seen any of your work?
Henry Harrison: Sadly, my great opus was stolen by a Swiss hunchback - but that's all too tragic to go into now.
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Bossa del Breezy
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Average Stuff....
2 January 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

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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