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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn appeared on Friends (1994). 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: You have to let go of everything... in order to move on.
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References Solitaire (1981) See more »

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Never Been to Spain
Written by Hoyt Axton (as Hoyt Wayne Axton)
Performed by Three Dog Night
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
By Arrangement with Irving Music Inc. o/b/o/ Lady Jane Music Inc. (BMI)
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Tries too hard
10 November 2009 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

"Management" isn't necessarily a bad film -- I just found it entirely disengaging. Judging from some of the early feedback, I was expecting a sweet (if predictable) "indie" romantic comedy. I'm not a big fan of Jennifer Aniston, but she plays her types of roles well enough, and Steve Zahn proved with "Rescue Dawn" that he's an underrated actor.

My problem with "Management" is that it plays into the quirky subgenre clichés far too easily. I'd bet the director is a big Hal Ashby or Mike Nichols fan -- this comes off like an uneasy mix of "Harold and Maude" and "The Graduate." Its protagonist is a borderline stalker.

That's not inherently negative, but I just felt like there was no real spark between Aniston and Zahn. The whole thing felt very...calculated. It wasn't naturally offbeat -- and, as a result, I was left wondering why we're supposed to feel any type of entertainment in watching these people.


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