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Man About Town (2006)

A top Hollywood talent agent finds his cushy existence threatened when he discovers that his wife is cheating on him and that his journal has been swiped by a reporter out to bring him down.

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Mike Binder

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Mike Binder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Jack Giamoro
Rebecca Romijn ... Nina Giamoro
John Cleese ... Dr. Primkin
Sam Ball ... Jimmy Dooley (as Samuel Ball)
Mike Binder ... Morty
Erica Cerra ... Sela
Gina Gershon ... Arlene Kreiner
Adam Goldberg ... Phil Balow
Howard Hesseman ... Ben Giamoro
Bai Ling ... Barbi Ling
Jerry O'Connell ... David Lilly
Kal Penn ... Alan Fineberg
Amber Valletta ... Brynn Lilly
Damien Dante Wayans ... Lucky Reynolds
Laura Soltis ... Barbara Giamoro
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A top Hollywood talent agent finds his cushy existence threatened when he discovers that his wife is cheating on him and that his journal has been swiped by a reporter out to bring him down.

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Welcome to the deep end of a very shallow town. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Goofs

In the part where Brynn Lilly is pretending to be Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, she is holding a cigarette. Each time the camera changes angles, the cigarette is long, then short, then long, several times. See more »

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Jack Giamoro: Goddamn press!
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Hollywood Knights (2019) See more »

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Our Lips Are Sealed
Written by Terrence Edward Hall / Jane Wiedlin
Performed by Fredo Viola
Courtesy of Aviola Studio
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Totally trivial, totally disappointing, especially for an Affleck fan like this viewer
13 November 2019 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Jack (Ben Affleck) is a hotshot and thriving writers agent in Hollywood. He built his company from the bottom up and has a fine crew of folks working for him, too. Not only this, he lives in a gorgeous house in Malibu and is married to a beautiful lady, Nina (Rebecca Romjim). Also in the house is Jack's father (Howard Hesseman) who has had a stroke and is subject to bizarre behaviors. Surprisingly, Jack is not happy and signs up for a nighttime writing class taught by a stuffy Brit (John Cleese). There, he is told to start a journal, which will not only improve his writing but will give clues to his psychological needs and wants. Reluctantly, Jack does this. But, there are pitfalls ahead. A former classmate, who knows Jack is very famous, has sent ten screenplays written by his girlfriend (Bai Ling) for Jack's evaluation and has never gotten a reply. Now, this man is out for revenge. He breaks into Jack's house and beats up the agent, while taking the diary. Since the perp's gal works for a minor newspaper, the rag is about to print Jacks every secrets. Also, there is trouble between Jack and Nina, deep trouble. How will Jack work his way out of this crisis? Despite the fine, fine cast, which also includes Gina Gershon, Mike Binder, Kal Penn, Adam Goldberg, and Jerry O'Connell, in addition to the ones listed above, this film is a big flop and a big mess. Oh, there are a few funny scenes, like Jack and his crew faking karate stances across from the employees of a Chinese restaurant who are doing the real moves! Also, Ling is pretty funny as the evil lady of blackmail. Yet, the movie is, in this viewers opinion, totally pointless. Especially surprising is the ending, where romance burnt to a crisp might still rekindle. Affleck is one of my favorite actors and this is his worst film, worse than Gigli. Thank God he went on to true glory with Argo, State of Play, and many other fine flicks. As for this one, avoid it by a wide mile.


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Official Sites:

Media 8 Entertainment

Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$1,165,186
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2.35 : 1
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