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Man of the House (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 25 February 2005 (USA)
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A Texas Ranger must protect a group of cheerleaders who have witnessed a murder.

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Stephen Herek

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John J. McLaughlin (story), Scott Lobdell (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Roland Sharp
Cedric the Entertainer ... Percy Stevens (as Cedric The Entertainer)
Christina Milian ... Anne
Paula Garcés ... Teresa (as Paula Garces)
Monica Keena ... Evie
Vanessa Ferlito ... Heather
Kelli Garner ... Barb
Anne Archer ... Professor Molly McCarthy
Brian Van Holt ... Eddie Zane
Shea Whigham ... Ranger Holt
Terry Dale Parks ... Ranger Riggs (as Terry Parks)
R. Lee Ermey ... Captain Nichols
Paget Brewster ... Binky
Shannon Woodward ... Emma (as Shannon Marie Woodward)
Liz Vassey ... Maggie Swanson
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Storyline

When a key informant against a notorious crime boss is assassinated, the only witnesses to his murder are five lively cheerleaders from the University of Texas: Barb, Anne, Evie, Heather, and Teresa. With the girls' lives in danger until the authorities discover the killer, the hard-headed Texas Ranger, Roland Sharp, has to go undercover and move in with them at a secret safe house, as the mysterious murderer is still at large. However, to effectively protect the teenage quintet of eyewitnesses, Sharp must first lay down the ground rules for a harmonious, and above all, safe coexistence. Will the man of the house succeed in his mission? Written by Nick Riganas

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Protecting witnesses is a challenge. Living with them is impossible.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheer Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Piru, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,917,251, 27 February 2005

Gross USA:

$19,699,706

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,577,624
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Teresa's unseen boyfriend is named Antonio. In real life Paula Garcés, who plays Teresa, is married to a man named Antonio Hernandez. See more »

Goofs

When shooting out the tyre on the bus, Roland aims with his right hand but in the reverse shot the gun is fired with his left hand. See more »

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Barb: [confronted about her plagiarized paper] What's the big deal, presidents don't write their own speeches...
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) See more »

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Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
Written by Fred Rose
Performed by Willie Nelson
Courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Not exactly "Witness" with pom-poms
29 July 2005 | by t_rex737See all my reviews

We aren't exactly talking rocket science here; in fact, in some ways "Man of the House" represents what is wrong with the American movie industry. It seems the movie was cobbled together by a bunch of movie execs. and preview audiences, so the movie feels vaguely familiar. Of course, each of the cheerleaders represents a typical stereotype: the dumb blonde, the too tightly wound pre-med major, the sassy black girl, the fiery Latina, and the "bad" girl. I felt like I was watching a movie script that was written by MadLibs. Hey, we need a laugh, so lets make Tommy Lee Jones buy tampons and watch the hilarity ensue! (Cause nothing says funny like men's reaction to icky feminine products!) The movie also misses the opportunity to properly utilize the talents of Pagent Brewster (so adorable as Chandler's love interest on "Friends"), who has only a few lines as the uber-perky cheerleading coach, Binky, and Ann Archer, who brings a quiet dignity to her underdeveloped role as a professor/object of TLJ's affection.

For those of you cheers fans, you will be woefully disappointed by the lack of actual cheerleading that is shown. Besides one ridiculous dance-off between the girls and Cedric the Entertainer (whose presence in the movie seems to be there purely because it is hilarious to see a large man dance in too small cheerleading uniform), which looks more like drill team practice to me, there is nary a tumbling pass or pyramid to be seen. Sadly, this is no "Bring It On." And, for all -the rah-rah girl power the movie feigns to promote, the girls are portrayed as bubble headed, appearance crazed, weight obsessed exhibitionists.

That being said, the movie wasn't all bad. The laughs were obvious, the characters broad, the plot unbelievable, but there were still the chuckles that come from a fish out of water comedy where you crack a smile in spite of yourself. Tommy Lee Jones does a good job of looking like an exasperated hard-ass, though you can't help but wonder if he's really acting or just cannot believe his agent actually sent him the script. By the way, he is a good example to young kids of why you should always wear sunscreen -- the man has NOT aged well! All in all, not a total waste of time, but I wouldn't suggest building your weekend plans around a viewing!


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