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Man of the Year (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 13 October 2006 (USA)
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A comedian who hosts a news satire program decides to run for president, and a computerized voting machine malfunction gets him elected.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writer:

Barry Levinson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Tom Dobbs
Christopher Walken ... Jack Menken
Laura Linney ... Eleanor Green
Lewis Black ... Eddie Langston
Jeff Goldblum ... Stewart
David Alpay ... Danny
Faith Daniels Faith Daniels ... Moderator
Tina Fey ... Tina Fey
Amy Poehler ... Amy Poehler
Doug Murray ... Mathias
Chris Matthews ... News Anchor #1
James Carville ... Political Commentator #1
Catherine Crier ... Political Commentator #2
Rick Roberts ... Hemmings
Karen Hines ... Alison McAndrews
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Storyline

Tom Dobbs, comedic host of a political talk show - a la Bill Maher and Jon Stewart - runs for President of the US as an independent candidate who, after an issues-oriented campaign and an explosive performance in the final debate, gets just enough votes to win. Trouble is he owes his victory to a computer glitch in the national touch-screen voting system marketed by Delacroy, a private company with a rising stock price. To protect their fortune, Delacroy executives want to keep the glitch a secret, but one programmer, Eleanor Green, wants Dobbs to know the truth. Can she get to him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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What if a Comedian Ran for President?..........What if He Won? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language including some crude sexual references, drug related material, and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre del año See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,299,380, 15 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,442,180, 24 November 2006
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Laura Linney goes to get changed, from the front office as she leaves you can see a picture of a deer. The deer is positioned the exact same way in the poster for The Deer Hunter (1978) in which Christopher Walken starred. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Eleanor leaves her bathroom before she is assaulted, the camera can be seen in the tiles on the left, just before she turns the lights out. See more »

Quotes

Tom Dobbs: When I was a young boy I used to look at pictures of naked ladies, hence my right hand is very strong. I touched myself more than a third base coach.
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Connections

Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.39 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Sotto Le Stelle Del Jazz
Written and Performed by Paolo Conte
Courtesy of Warner Music Italy
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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An enjoyable comedy that finds itself with too much to say to be taken seriously
13 October 2006 | by sytrohs87See all my reviews

I think the above summary says it all. The movie was good for a laugh, and the debate scene was spectacular. Other than a few other nuggets of comedic genius, this movie ends up spiraling out of control and lands somewhere between a dark comedy and a suspense drama. Levinson can't seem to figure out if he wants to make a comedy or a drama, and as a result, the movie ends up getting to big for itself.

I was left incredulous at the convoluted chain of events that was, at times, completely unbelievable. The film is good for those of us who want a good laugh, but don't expect any kind of great, intelligent satire or you'll be slightly disappointed.


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