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A Family Man (2016)

R | | Drama | 28 July 2017 (USA)
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A headhunter whose life revolves around closing deals in a survival-of-the-fittest boiler room, battles his top rival for control of their job placement company -- his dream of owning the company clashing with the needs of his family.

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... Lynn Wilson
... Dane Jensen
... Ed Blackridge
... Elise Jensen
... Sumner
... Lou Wheeler
... Ryan Jensen
... Toni
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... Dr. Savraj Singh
... Bernadine
... Lauren Jensen
... HR Manager
... Ana the Brazillian
... Antoine
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As the boss (Willem Dafoe) of a Chicago-based headhunter prepares to retire, Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler), who works at the Blackridge Recruiting agency arranging jobs for engineers, vies to achieve his longtime goal of taking over the company going head-to-head with his ambitious rival, Lynn Vogel (Alison Brie). However, Dane's 10-year-old son, Ryan (Maxwell Jenkins), is suddenly diagnosed with cancer and his professional priorities at work and personal priorities at home begin to clash with one another. Written by LuzerneCountySheriff

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Gerard Butler and Dustin Milligan also worked together on Shattered(2007). See more »

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Lou Wheeler: All families got problems but you only got one.
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References Wall Street (1987) See more »

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2 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

First, I was positively surprised by Butler in this role, he tackles brilliantly a multifaceted character who turns out to be a lot more than he appears on the first half hour of the movie -you kind of hate him, deeply, if he was an animal he would be a hornet I would want to be squashed- but that is only the surface for this guy, who we see in many different lights throughout the story. The movie is a ride between laughter and cries, leaning slightly over the cries as some scenes have a strong emotional weight -have tissues with you, will ya- and carry you through the journey that the main character Dane(Butler) experiences while he re-values his life and choices as he copes with a family crisis. It is an old format but well interpreted and the photography is beautifully crafted. All in all, if you are a sucker for emotional stories with a moral, this is a movie you probably want to watch it has different pace, much quicker to start with, perhaps a bit too fast when it comes to dialogues, but it made sense with the strong contrast I believe they wanted to give to the story when Dane's real journey starts. I enjoyed it deeply, that's a;; I can say without giving out spoilers, with 10 STAR points for Moll who is, as ever, sublime, as well as for the young Max Jenkins, who shows incredible talent and depth for his age. A mention to Kher, Foe and Molina for they never fail to deliver; and as for the main character Dane Jensen, well played by Butler, glad to see he hasn't forgotten he is a lot more than the tough guy he served us way too many times of late. The only down point to this movie is towards the end, which I felt it was a bit rushed to end the movie in the way they wanted, so if I had a score 0 to 10 to give the movie it would probably be 9.5 for that reason, otherwise it would have been a ten as I really loved it.


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