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The Family Man

comedy, drama, romance

High-powered Wall Street bachelor Jack Campbell 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.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

Pleasant movie despite some predictability.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie has some mature themes, including sexual references and situations. Jack is very nice to a woman he slept with, but it is clear that there is no intimacy between them. He and his wife start to have sex, but when he says something she finds inappropriate, she stops him. A woman suggests an affair, and Jack's friend tells him that it would be disastrous: "Don't screw up your whole life just because you're a little unsure about who you are." The movie does make it clear that loving, married sex is the ideal. Characters repeatedly turn to liquor to relieve stress, and a character makes a joke about his wife's drinking. There is some strong language.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about some of the "roads not taken" they still think about, and what they think their lives would be like now if they had made another choice.
  • How do we make choices?
  • What do we do when circumstances make choices for us?
  • What do you think the angel will do for the young woman who accepted too much change?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: In the end conventional sentiment, rather than any actual morality, is all that the script for The Family Man ... has to offer.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Friday, December 22, 2000

Fresh: Nicolas Cage gives a performance that invites audiences to lay cynicism aside.

- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, December 22, 2000

Fresh: Although the rhythms of the movie directed by Brett Ratner ... are familiar in terms of the story, Cage and Leoni make it offbeat.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, December 22, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

VERY enjoyable movie

- dukeakasmudge, Thursday, November 5, 2009

3 stars

i just gave this a second viewing, the first being 7 years ago when this came out, and either i forgot how good it was or my taste has changed because it was much better than i remember. this scrooge style story was touching and funny. it made me want to be a better father and husband. good stuff.

- sanjurosamurai, Wednesday, December 19, 2007

4 stars

This was such a good movie. Definitely one of Nicholas Cage's best films. It's so sweet.

- gatorgirl13, Tuesday, October 16, 2007