Owen Gleiberman
January 12, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Family Man

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
130 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/15/00
Wide Release Date
12/22/00
performer
Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven, Paul Sorvino
director
Brett Ratner
Producers
Beacon Pictures, Howard Rosenman Productions, Riche-Ludwig Productions
distributor
Universal
author
David Diamond (Writer), David Weissman
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a C+

Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage), a hedonistic Wall Street bachelor, wakes up one day to discover that he’s been plunged into the scruffy domestic life he thought he’d avoided. This schlock weeper is ”It’s a Wonderful Life” remade as a shark-out-of-water comedy — it’s family-values porn for commitmentphobes. Cage does dryly funny double takes as Jack confronts the workaday horror of his new situation. But the actor’s moon-dog mug is required to go misty once too often, and the outsize ticky-tackiness of Jack’s new life has been stitched together out of the broadest possible series of Middle American clichés.

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