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The Extra Man (2010)

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A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing.

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Robert Pulcini (screenplay), Jonathan Ames (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dano ... Louis Ives
Marian Seldes ... Vivian Cudlip
Celia Weston ... Meredith Lagerfeld
Patti D'Arbanville ... Katherine Hart
John C. Reilly ... Gershon Gruen
Dan Hedaya ... Aresh
Kevin Kline ... Henry Harrison
Jason Butler Harner ... Otto Bellman
Alex Burns Alex Burns ... Brad
Katie Holmes ... Mary Powell
Alicia Goranson ... Sandra
Lynn Cohen ... Lois Huber
John Pankow ... George
Lewis Payton Jr. Lewis Payton Jr. ... Usher (as Lewis Payton)
Marisa Ryan ... Tanya
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Louis, a young teacher enamored of the age of F. Scott Fitzgerald, loses his job when he's caught trying on a bra he finds in a campus office. He decides to go to New York City to find himself and to be a writer. He answers an ad for a housemate placed by the eccentric and opinionated Henry Harrison; an odd-couple relationship starts. Louis gets a job selling advertising for a green magazine and fancies Mary, a co-worker. He meets Henry's neighbor, the hirsute Gershon, and Henry offers Paul schooling in the gentleman's world of being an "extra man" - a hired companion, a gigolo - for older women. Can Louis sort out these varied worlds as well as his own expectations? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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a sexless new comedy See more »

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Kevin Kline was on to promote the movie, interviewers stated that it's like it was written for him and nobody can't imagine anybody else playing the part of Henry Harrison. Kevin couldn't either. See more »

Goofs

As the main characters ride in a convertible out of the city, the background scenery of a cemetery is continuously repeated. See more »

Quotes

Louis Ives: So, you see sex as the cause of all of society's problems?
Henry Harrison: Absolutely. You'll find I'm to the right of the Pope on most of these issues.
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Qu'est-ce qu'on Attend pour Être Heureux ?
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Ray Ventura
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Life Is Not What You Think It Is...Or Could Be
13 July 2010 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Jonathan Ames, a writer of eccentric novels, penned the book on which this bizarre film is based. His story of confused identities and searching for a workable concept of self was adapted for the screen by Ames with help from co-directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman. It is a confusing tale to watch but has moments of comedic insight and a cat of well- known actors that help to make the film entertaining – if a bit of fluff.

We meet English teacher Louis Ives (Paul Dano) after a prelude of daydreaming the three factors that characterize Louis - his obsession with classic literature of the 1920s, his untrained perception of how to relate to people ('awkward' would be a kind term), and his penchant for fantasizing about cross dressing. He is dismissed from his school 'due to budget cuts' (read 'having been discovered trying on a bra and being caught by the headmaster'), yet his inappropriate response is one of glee at having been given the opportunity to move to Manhattan to become a writer.

Once in New York City without connections, he answers an ad for an inexpensive apartment sharing – the ad having been submitted by one very strange Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), an older down on his heels writer and playwright who supports himself teaching college level literature and who considers himself an aristocrat, serving as an 'escort' for older wealthy women. After an uncomfortable interview Henry consents to allow Louis to be his roommate: after weighing his options Louis accepts the room in the flea infested filthy apartment and begins trying to get to know the secretive and zany Henry.

Henry provides companionship for one Vivian (Marion Seldes) and eventually Louis is brought in as an 'extra man' to provide companionship for one of Vivian's friends (Celia Watson). In the meantime Louis finds work as a telephone salesman for a Green magazine, meets the pretty but unavailable Mary (Katie Holmes), begins to encounter Henry's entourage of loonies such as Henry's bearded and dirty repairman Gershon (John C. Reilly), and gives in to his urge to learn about cross-dressing by visiting a 'teacher ' and finally a make-over artist who places him in the role of a 'woman'. Louis' experience with transvestism fails and alienates Henry – for a brief time. But what this comedic episode results in is Louis' discovery of what is important – friends and family – and Henry and his entourage supply that and the changes this brings in all the characters draws the film to a close.

With a cast such as this we find ourselves wanting to connect with each character – bizarre though they all are – and to a degree this occurs. But the script is spotty and the direction is bumpy and in many ways it feels as though the film simply never gets off the ground. Good moments: no after taste to savor.

Grady Harp


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Language:

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Release Date:

27 January 2011 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Acompanhantes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,861, 1 August 2010

Gross USA:

$453,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$649,626
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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