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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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    53%
  • Audience Score
    67%

common sense

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

  • Tomatometer®

    53%
    reviews counted: 6
    see all The Family Man reviews
  • Audience

    67%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: If you're looking for a heartfelt, feel-good holiday movie, just give in and enjoy.

- Chris Gore, Film Threat, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: The makers of The Family Man were trying to do a kind of reverse It's a Wonderful Life without ever realizing that it doesn't work on paper, much less on the screen.

- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid, Friday, May 26, 2006

Fresh: I voted for the happy ending, thusly, my enjoyment was diminished.

- John Venable, Supercala.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Seems to rarely look at the theme it claims to convey--that married life is preferable to being single. What it really does is contrast being wealthy to being middle-class, though the comparisons it makes mean little. While the final, quasi-climactic scene at last satisifies the wont for a wholly title-appropriate theme the film so lacks, it does so far too late and with little meaning as the ending neither satisfies nor leaves the viewer happy or optimistic. A decent film, still; Cage's and Leoni's chemistry is great and the screenplay isn't terrible. It's just completely off-message for the majority of the film.

- rjayhutchinson, Friday, July 30, 2010

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

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