Tina Jordan
April 29, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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 an A

In The Family Man, a sparkling, sprightly comedy — Elinor Lipman’s 10th — dapper Manhattan attorney Henry Archer gets the shock of his life when he realizes the receptionist he’s just tipped is none other than his stepdaughter, Thalia, whom he hasn’t seen in 25 years. Before long, Thalia’s back in his life (ensconced in his maisonette apartment, in fact), and Henry’s got his hands full with her, his endlessly chatty ex-wife Denise, a new lover, and the countless others who wander in and out of his elegant Upper West Side brownstone. As always, the pleasure of a Lipman book is not so much the wispy plot but the original, funny, achingly human characters. A

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