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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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Taglines:

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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Details

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,699,706, 7 April 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,577,624, 18 September 2005
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Hex is an actual University of Texas tradition, enacted before the annual Thanksgiving game against Texas A&M University. The Texas A&M Aggies had their own pre-game tradition, the Bonfire, but after a combination of factors caused a collapse in 1999, killing twelve students, the tradition is no longer University-sponsored, it is, however, still organized by the student body, and done off-campus. See more »

Goofs

When Heather is talking to Sharp, she says that Full Metal Jacket is her favorite movie, but goofs on where Private Joker's "Born to Kill" and his peace symbol are located. She claims that there is one on each side of his helmet. In reality, the "Born to Kill is on the front of his helmet while the peace symbol is a pin on his collar. See more »

Quotes

Roland Sharp: Furthermore, I'd appreciate it if you'd cover yourselves in our presence. I realize how very proud you are... of your tattoos, piercings, and other body modifications. However, my colleagues and I do not need to see these! Are there any questions?
Teresa: I have one. Are you always such a dick?
Roland Sharp: Yes!
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Connections

References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Wabash Cannonball
Traditional, attributed to J.A. Roff (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as written by A.P. Carter]
Performed by The University of Texas Longhorn Band
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If You Liked Miss Congeniality, Then You Will Like This, Too.
1 March 2005 | by BigHardcoreRedSee all my reviews

Man Of The House is about a Texas Ranger named Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones) who is hunting down potential witnesses and leads to testify against a mob boss. While on the verge of capturing a potential lead, his partner is shot and he loses his witness. Everything is up in the air and no one knows which way to go when, luckily, five cheerleaders witness the execution of the man Sharp was trying to capture, who is named Morgan Ball (Curtis Armstrong - Who would have thought he would still be making movies long after his most successful stint as Booger has long been dead). After the girls decide to do the right thing, and tell the police, they are held in protective custody until they can capture the criminal who would surely be looking for them. They decide that Sharp will look after them personally and live in the same house as long as needed. This is where the comedy really begins.

The movie is meant to be a comedy, and I think Tommy Lee Jones did an excellent job with it, as well as Cedric The Entertainer. The movie opens like a typical action movie and then goes with the comedy all the way until the end, when it reverts back to that one big action sequence to end it all.

Jones and Cedric made the movie as good as it was. The cheerleaders were simply eye candy, which is just fine by me. My favorite being Barb (Kelli Garner). Jones comes off a little too old when he refuses to let the girls run around the house in the usual skimpy teen attire we all see nowadays, but that is just to show his character. You still get to see plenty of the girls, which is probably as much an attraction as Jones and Cedric.

This movie is a little hard to review for some reason but like I said in the title, if you liked the movie Miss Congeniality, then you will most likely enjoy this one, too. They are cut of the same cloth, so to speak. If you did not like Miss Congeniality, then you probably will not like this either. I guess that is the best way to put it. I enjoyed it for what it was. 7.5/10


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