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With: Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven, Saul Rubinek, Josef Sommer, Makenzie Vega, Jake Milkovich, Ryan Milkovich, Lisa Thornhill, Harve Presnell, Mary Beth Hurt, Amber Valletta, Francine York, Ruth Williamson, Robert Downey Sr.
Written by: David Diamond, David Weissman
Directed by: Brett Ratner
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sensuality and some language
Running Time: 125
Date: 12/12/2000

The Family Man (2000)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Suburban Redo

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Nicolas Cage stars in another one of those selfish-yuppie-turns-into-nice-guy movies (What Women Want is another). He plays a bachelor tycoon with no end of wealth and attractive babes at his disposal.

From out of nowhere, Don Cheadle sends him to an alternate reality in which he married his high school sweetheart (Tea Leoni), has kids, lives in the suburbs, and sells tires for a living. Cage goes through the expected stages; disbelief, confusion, and acceptance.

Strangely, when he accepts his new world, Cheadle sends him back to his old, empty one and the movie has an oddly unsatisfying, ambiguous ending.

The makers of The Family Man were apparently 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. Plus, there's no scientific (or even spiritual) explanation for his predicament.

Nonetheless, Cage and Leoni bring some nice charming moments to light and the movie ultimately becomes a nice holiday time-waster.

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