Special agent Derrick Vann (Samuel L. Jackson), a hard-nosed Fed, and Andy Fidler (Eugene Levy), a milquetoast salesman, might have been brought together by accident. But they make up an unlikely crime-fighting team in this hilarious comedy. The two must work together to hunt down a dangerous man who might be responsible for the death of Vann's longtime partner. But can straitlaced Fidler rise to the occasion?
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- Les Mayfield
- This movie is
- 2006 Razzie® Awards
- Worst Supporting Actor nominee: Eugene Levy
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; deleted scenes.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Man features crude humor and ridiculous violence, involving vehicle crashes and physical abuses (trash can lids and phone books slammed into heads, and various other brutalities staged as comedy). The film premises much of its humor on the imbalance between the timid Midwestern salesman and the tough Detroit cop, including repeated discussions of who is whose "bitch" (a term also heard in a hip-hop song on the soundtrack), and other definitions of masculine prowess. The villains -- including an arrogant, young British boss -- are excessively violent as well, shooting a noncompliant client on the toilet. One black character threatens to beat another "like a runaway slave." The film includes brief gross images of bad teeth (during a presentation at a dental appliance convention), dead bodies, bad language (especially combinations of "ass," "s--t," and "f--k"), and fart/flatulence jokes. Characters smoke and drink, sell drugs.
- Sexual Content
- A couple of cleavage shots, Andy in his boxers, references to homosexual anxieties, and fears of rape in prison.
- Frequent physical abuses, shooting, car crashing; Andy bites an opponent.
- Repeated uses of "bitch," "ass," and "s--" one f-word, then running joke that alludes to it.
- Social Behavior
- Cops and criminals are equally obnoxious and violent; film resorts to fart and pee jokes.
- Car named (Coupe de Ville).
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters drink and sell drugs.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it