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Man of the Year

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On a lark, the host of a late-night political talk show decides to run for president. The thing is, he never expected to win.


Studio Universal
SKU 203867799
UPC 025193232625
UPC 14 00025193232625
Format DVD
Release Date 1/3/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Williams,Robin
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Cast & Crew
Amy Poehler - Actor
Barry Levinson - Director
Barry Levinson - Writer
Barry Levinson - Producer
Blair Daily - Editor
Christopher Walken - Actor
David Coatsworth - Executive Producer
Dick Pope - Cinematographer
Graeme Revell - Original Music By
James Carville - Actor
Jeff Goldblum - Actor
Laura Linney - Actor
Lewis Black - Actor
Robin Williams - Actor
Steven Weisberg - Editor
Tina Fey - Actor
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Talk about a movie with an identity problem! Man of the Year doesn't know what it wants to be and, because of this indecision calls to mind a well-worn phrase: "Jack of all trades, master of none." The film contains elements of a comedy, a thriller, a political satire, and a romance, but all are given short shrift...Man of the Year rightly senses that the climate is ripe for fusing politics and comedy. Stewart, Colbert, and others do this on a regular basis. (Move over, Mark Russell, you've been supplanted.) For 60 minutes, the movie appears to have found the right tone and approach, then everything goes wrong. It's rare to see a production that starts so strongly finish so weakly. Man of the Year makes telling points and has a lot to say, but it loses its voice along with its consistency around the mid-way point, and that will likely make it an also-ran in the box office race.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Those expecting a penetrating satire from Barry Levinson, along the lines of his "Wag the Dog" (1997), may be disappointed by "Man of the Year," in which a comedian becomes president through a voting machine error. The movie touches on many of the currents and anxieties of the day, but its touch is gentle, even careful, and the story makes promises it doesn't quite deliver on...As a viewer, I want satirical carnage or Capraesque optimism, and "Man of the Year" has neither, though it might have had both. It's also not a credible thriller, though at times it looks close to becoming one. Yet to get really annoyed at the broken promises or unpursued directions of "Man of the Year" requires ignoring the appealing thing that Levinson does deliver: a genre-less, imaginative riff by an intelligent filmmaker on the state of the country.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Product Attributes
Actor Williams,Robin
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail ...a quietly spooky Christopher Walken manages to straddle the genres more effectively...
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun ...most refreshing...mingling of comedy and suspense...
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...Williams comes alive...

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