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Management (2008)

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A traveling art saleswoman tries to shake off a flaky motel manager who falls for her and won't leave her alone.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Aniston ... Sue
Steve Zahn ... Mike
Margo Martindale ... Trish
Fred Ward ... Jerry
James Hiroyuki Liao ... Al
Woody Harrelson ... Jango
Katie O'Grady ... Corporate Bliss Receptionist
Yolanda Suarez Yolanda Suarez ... Marissa
Kevin Heffernan ... Jed
Don Burns Don Burns ... Businessman (as Don Stewart Burns)
Kimberly Howard Kimberly Howard ... Colleague
Collin Crowley Collin Crowley ... Wally
Gilberto Martin del Campo ... Priest
Mark Boone Junior ... Jack (as Mark Boone Jr.)
Garfield Wedderburn Garfield Wedderburn ... Bus Driver
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Storyline

Mike works at his parents' motel in Kingman, population 27,000, on old Route 66. Sue sells art for a Baltimore firm to corporations for office walls. He takes one look at her from behind as she registers at the motel and determines to connect. He's sweet, but hapless, with no ambition other than spending time with her. She's enigmatic - rarely smiling, occasionally impulsive, committed to helping homeless people, feeling the clock tick after a breakup with a boyfriend who could have provided security. Is there any way he stands a chance with her? What can he offer? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some moments just feel right. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

15 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A lekoptathatatlan See more »

Filming Locations:

Madras, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$375,916, 17 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$933,224, 2 August 2009
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although it's implied Steve Zahn is quite young (even making a comparison of him to a young twenties co-worker of Jennifer Aniston during a montage) he was actually forty-years-old, two years older than Jennifer Aniston. See more »

Goofs

In the hotelroom is a wine offered as hotel-present. The bottle of white wine (which is drunk without any cooling) is almost empty after only two little glasses. See more »

Quotes

Mike: Maryland is for... lovers. Bumper sticker?
Sue Claussen: Virginia. Virginia is for lovers. Maryland is for crabs.
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North Winds Blow
Written by He Jingzhi, Ma Ke, Zhang Lu, Ding Yi, & Qu Wei
Performed by Guan Yunjie, Guo Lanying, Li Bo, Ya Jie, & Yu Fu
Courtesy of CRC Jianian Inc.
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"Management" is a good judge of character
22 January 2011 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

Mike (Steve Zahn) is a hapless young man stuck in Arizona; Sue (Jennifer Aniston) is a young career woman on the move all over the country. He thinks he has something special with her but she just views his actions as inappropriate.

Aniston's Sue comes across as mature and diplomatic—very different than Rachel and her other recent characters. While Steve Zahn's character was very well written. He's very awkward and inexperienced around women and his use of words shows that perfectly and humorously. He's also very observant and a good judge of character. These characteristics help him build a connection with Sue and move the film forward.

At times, the structure of the story drags the film down a bit. The beginning is about introducing the characters and the second half has a more active plot when we meet Sue's on-again, off-again, and on-again boyfriend Janga (Woody Harrelson) and Mike gets closer to sorting out his life. The two halves aren't connected as well as they could have been but there is a bit of subdued humour sprinkled throughout.

"Management" is just a romantic comedy, but it has better written humour than most in the genre and much better written characters. I recommend it for its cute performances by Aniston and Zahn and for the little bit of inspiration that such real and developed characters can provide.


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