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The Family Man (Widescreen Collector's Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
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High-powered Wall Street bachelor Jack Campbell (Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage) is living life in the fast lane until he gets the shock of a lifetime when he wakes up one morning in suburban New Jersey next to Kate (Tea Leoni), the girlfriend he left 13 years ago. Now, Jack's entire world is turned upside down. He's got two kids, he's traded in his Ferrari for a minivan while trying not to lose his mind. Can an upscale, downtown player survive in middle-of-the-road suburbia? And what does it take for a once single-minded exec to really become The Family Man in this hilarious comedy about second thoughts and second chances.
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In this movie, Nicholas Cage says goodbye to his girlfriend (Kate) at the airport. He is going to London for a job. We next see him years later as a successful head of a large corporation, unmarried and basically involved in one-night stands. We are later to find out that when Cage went to London, he forgot about Kate and she went her own way, never to be heard from again.
Cage is on the way home from the office during a snow-storm and thwarts a robbery. The audience expects the robber to shoot cage but instead Cage seems to convince the robber that he would be a better man if he didn't shoot Cage. It turns out that the robber is not really a robber but a type of Angel (similar to Clarence in It's a Wonderful Life) who will give Cage a glimpse of what life would be like if he hadn't stayed in London but instead came back and married Kate.
Cage goes to sleep in his luxury apartment and wakes up the next morning in a bed with an older Kate. Cage slowly learns that he is really a married man with a family and instead of a big time corporate president, he is a tire salesman in his father-in-law's store.
There are several hilarious scenes and some very touching ones. His "new" life looks like a nightmare at first turns out to be the life he will eventually prefer (Some of this is reminiscent of Goldie Hawn in Overboard). Only until he realizes this, he will not be returned to his prior life by the Angel.
The director does a great job in giving us an ending that is different than what you seem to expect. I won't say what but I think it was well done.Read more ›
- Jack Campbell: a 36 years old, 6'1'', Nicolas Cage.
- Kate Reynolds: a 34 years old, 5'8'', Téa Leoni.
- Annie Campbell: a 6 years old, Makenzie Vega, who is half-Colombian and half-Italian.
- Josh Campbell: Twin Brother Jake and Ryan Milkovich.
That's the only way to make sense out of why there exists folks who do not absolutely love this movie. I have a Masters in Communications - Cinema (shameless plug, sorry), and this is said only for perspective on my forthcoming comments.
You see, you don't need another review describing the storyline or the incredible performances turned in my Mr. Cage (he was perfection) and his perfectly cast supporting players (Tea Leoni is stunning; Jeremy Piven is a hoot).
What is needed is a statement of why there exists in the world people who may not like this film. And it's for the same reasons they would not like "It's A Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story" and any other film that requires being VULNERABLE and HONEST to admit that deep down you are broken, hurting, and are truly NOT in control of your universe and you're (maybe) made at God about it.
The honest folks (who love dogs, by the way) simply "get it." The ones who have to survive by never getting in touch with deep emotion and pain inside will, tragically, never experience what is truly important and purposeful and genuine in life.
This is not an indictment of these folks. Just an observation.
Artistically and technically, this is one of the most flawlessly executed films I know of. It rates with director Martin Brest's 1988 "Midnight Run" in terms of the delicate balance of laughter and tears, outlandish scenario made believable, characters so lovable BECAUSE of their vulnerability in admitting they are messed up and need help ...Read more ›
Oh and the picture quality doesn't look any different on which ever side you play the movie on which begs to question is it really a blu ray if a dvd is combined on the same disc just different side.
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Great! Makes you actually think about what is important in life...a feel good family flick.Published 12 days ago by MS. K Canuck
I purchased this movie because I had previously seen it and found it very entertaining , after all who of us has not wondered what if ...... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brent Chambers
Mon coup de coeur! Film romantique, touchant, familial! Je l'ai cherché longtemps et je l'ai finalement trouvé, à bas prix, sur Amazon.ca! Merci!Published 9 months ago by Danielle
This is a wonderful movie...five out of five stars. My rating is for the very poor quality blue ray copy. Mine is going back to Amazon. Many faults throughout the film... Read morePublished 19 months ago by MadonnaFan4ever
Great movie, but the dual pack has the DVD version on one side, and the bluray version on the other.... one scratch and you loose both copies. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pierre Aubin
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