Family Man, The (2000) [English (MPEG Layer III, 142 kBit/s, 48 kHz, Stereo)]
Genre: Comedy / Fantasy / Drama / Romance
Length: 2h 5m 0s
Director: Brett Ratner
Tagline: What if...
Plot outline: A modern-day Frank Capra story. Jack Campbell, a successful and talented businessman, is happily living his single life. He has everything, or so he thinks. One day he wakes up in a new life where he didn't leave his college girlfriend for a London trip. He's married to Kate, lives in Jersey and has two kids. He, of course, desperately wants his life back for which he has worked 13 years for. He's president of P. K. Lassiter Investment House and not a tire salesman at Big Ed's. He drives a Ferrari and not a mini-van that never starts. And most importantly he doesn't wake up in the morning with kids jumping on the bed. After a bad start, day by day he's more confident in his new life and starts to see what he's been missing. Turns out money's good to have but that's not everything. Summary written by {} On Christmas Eve, two days before he pulls off a multi-billion-dollar merger, Wall Street hot-shot Jack Campbell gets a phone message from a woman he almost married 13 years before. He also tells a gun-toting street tough that he has everything he needs. The punk laughs. Christmas morning, Jack wakes up next to his old girlfriend, in some sort of parallel universe, in a 12-year marriage. Over the next few weeks, he gets a glimpse of what his life would have been like if he'd married her: a house in Jersey, two children, bowling trophies, a job at his father-in-law's tire store, and a lot of love from his wife Kate. When this Dickensian adventure ends, what will he do? Summary written by {}
Comment: "The Family Man" belongs in the same general genre as recent films like "Groundhog Day" and "Pleasantville", although the message is distinctly different. Nick Coppola and Tea Leone are just right as the star-crossed lovers who made early choices that let them go their separate ways. But what if they had made different choices? some SPOILERS - In 1987, as he was boarding a plane, she asked him to stay, don't go to London for a year, the two of them had each other and that was all that mattered. Thirteen years later, she was boarding a plane to Paris, and he was asking her not to go. "Let's just have a cup of coffee, there are other flights, then you can go." In the 13-year lapse they had in fact lost track of each other. On Christmas eve he is out for a quart of egg nog when he encounters Don Cheadle, who is actually an angel (DVD commentary explains it), is "testing" people, in this instance an Asian store clerk who won't even look at his winning lottery ticket, basically a racist reaction. This introduces him and Cage who deep down is a good guy inspite of his wealth and independence. Next morning, he wakes up in bed with Tea, and their two children come into the room, visitors show up, every indication that he had in fact been a "family man" for 13 years, instead of a high-powered Wall Street businessman. As we the audience think about what we just saw, one legitimate question is, "was it all a dream, triggered by the message that his old girlfriend had called." It could have been, except for one important detail. When he is back to his Wall Street life, one day later on Christmas day, he drives back to the house in NJ which was his family house, with a different family living there. He could not have done that had it all been a dream, in which reality is distorted. It was a "glimpse", facilitated by the angel, which in glimpse form spanned several weeks. During that time he went from a very hesitant husband and father to one totally immersed in his role. It became his revelation that you don't have to sacrifice one for the other, career for family, that you can have both. So, even though the "glimpse" spanned several weeks, in his present time it was simply overnight. Thus, finding her and the final scene at the airport. The simple idea that in life having that special person to share a life with is more important than where you live and what career you have. A simple idea that many never latch onto. This film does not tell us what eventually happened, that is not the point. Good film.
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Country: USA
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Nicolas CageasJack Campbell
Téa LeoniasKate Reynolds
Don CheadleasCash
Jeremy PivenasArnie