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The Family Man (2000)

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A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife.

Director:

Brett Ratner
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Jack Campbell
Téa Leoni ... Kate Reynolds
Don Cheadle ... Cash
Jeremy Piven ... Arnie
Saul Rubinek ... Alan Mintz
Josef Sommer ... Peter Lassiter
Makenzie Vega ... Annie Campbell
Jake Milkovich Jake Milkovich ... Josh Campbell
Ryan Milkovich Ryan Milkovich ... Josh Campbell
Lisa Thornhill ... Evelyn Thompson
Harve Presnell ... Big Ed
Mary Beth Hurt ... Adelle
Amber Valletta ... Paula
Francine York ... Lorraine
Ruth Williamson ... Betty Peterson
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Storyline

A modern-day Frank Capra story. Jack Campbell, a successful and talented businessman, is happily living his single life. He has everything, or so he thinks. One day he wakes up in a new life where he didn't leave his college girlfriend for a London trip. He's married to Kate, lives in Jersey and has two kids. He, of course, desperately wants his life back for which he has worked 13 years for. He's president of P. K. Lassiter Investment House and not a tire salesman at Big Ed's. He drives a Ferrari and not a mini-van that never starts. And most importantly he doesn't wake up in the morning with kids jumping on the bed. After a bad start, day by day he's more confident in his new life and starts to see what he's been missing. Turns out money's good to have but that's not everything. Written by <speedy33417@yahoo.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Family Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Closter, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,104,055, 25 December 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,793,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,745,083
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At one time Nicolas Cage actually owned the Ferrari used in the film. He sold it about a year before filming began. See more »

Goofs

Near the end when Jack stops by Kate's apartment and she is moving out, Kate's assistant complains about working on Sunday. Kate says the assistant hadn't seemed to mind when she opened the pot of bag Kate bought her. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Jack: We have a house in Jersey. We have two kids, Annie and Josh. Annie's not much of a violin player, but she tries real hard. She's a little precocious, but that's only because she says what's on her mind. And when she smiles... And Josh, he has your eyes. He doesn't say much, but we know he's smart. He's always got his eyes open, he's always watching us. Sometimes you can look at him and you just know he's learning something new. It's like witnessing a miracle. The house is a mess but...
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Crazy Credits

As actor Robert Downey Sr.'s name scrolls up the screen during the credits, the words "(a prince)" appear next to it. This happens in other movies in which he appears. See more »

Alternate Versions

A scene with Paul Sorvino was filmed but edited out of the final cut. The scene can be seen on the deleted scenes section of the DVD. See more »

Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

World Looking In
Written by Paul Godfrey (as P. Godfrey), Ross Godfrey (as R. Godfrey), and Skye Edwards (as S. Edwards)
Performed by Morcheeba
Courtesy of London-Sire Records
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Loved it.
30 July 2007 | by seshySee all my reviews

This is a heart-warming, if somewhat sentimental film at times, but with a superb cast, and very well written. The chemistry between Cage and Leoni is something quite rare - in fact, I can't think of a film with such amazing chemistry between the two leads.

As far as the storyline is concerned, I don't have too much to add to the comments that are already posted. Whatever limitations the film's storyline or premise has, the individual performances rise above it.

In the DVD extras there is an interesting comment by the producer where he says he challenges any man to watch the film and not want to live with Tea Leoni and I must say I wholeheartedly agree with him. To be fair her character is completely idealised (naturally beautiful but unaffected by it, intelligent, insightful, sexy, gracious, humble, caring, unstoppably positive and non-demanding). Have you ever met anyone like this in real life?

I enjoyed this film so much that it just about creeps into my all time top ten. The only reason a romantic comedy made it in there is because the performances and the chemistry elevate the film above any other romantic comedy I have seen, both before and since.


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