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Plot: A headhunter whose life revolves around closing deals in a a survival-of-the-fittest boiler room, battles his top rival for control of their job placement company -- his dream of owning the company clashing with the needs of his family. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 11 May 2017
A good story about the values that modern society seems to have lost (by shamrock_d)
As I was watching this movie, it occurred to me that the story line could be one that professional critics would not like. After the credits rolled, I went online to read.As expected, yes, many users or viewers enjoyed the movie as much as I did. We knew what lines the story would follow - the father obsessed with work and career, the loving home-based mother, the lovable, neglected children who yearn for their often physically and emotionally absent father's affection and attention. As expected too, most professional reviewers had nothing much good to say about it.Yes, all totally <more>
formulaic but the way it was handled in "A Family Man" made it a very enjoyable and emotional ride with excellent performances from each of the actors. Max Jenkins, as the son Ryan, put in a particularly outstanding performance with a subdued, yet subtle portrayal capturing the emotions that made for a perfect buffer to Gerard Butler's loud, overbearing headhunter-father persona.Each role was played with a small twist that separated them from what we would expect from a family drama. Absent were all the screaming, loud sobs and yelling other than a few which were short and aptly done.Doctor Singh was a nice touch, adding again a more subdued and yet heart-warming approach to the usual on-screen doctor stereotypes. Despite the much-criticized formulaic script, the trips outside of the hospital gave us a deeper insight into the father-son relationship and how it develops very gradually and even almost imperceptibly.Of special interest too were hospital scenes that were bereft of the usual gut-wrenching scenes of the pain of treatment. The one solitary emergency scene was short and nicely cut at the right time without the extended flurry and scurrying that ER scenes entail.I was happy to read a viewer describe how he and the audience in a fully-packed theater gave a standing ovation at the end of a screening, which goes to show that professional critics in general may have become possibly too cynical in their outlook and what stories and movies about life should be like and, in so doing, distancing themselves from us, the people in the street. How many of us do not follow the general formula for life - childhood, education, work, getting married, raising a family, leaving a legacy? If viewers want a story that helps remind us of what we face in life and some of the values that we may have temporarily put into the closet, see this movie. Just don't expect too much. Immerse yourself in the characters.In the end, too, we are reminded that what goes around does come around.I thoroughly enjoyed it and it brought me much clarity as well as food for thought.
This is truly a heart wrenching film, makes you wake up to family values and a must given well deserved ten stars. Every so often a film comes around that you'll remember forever. For me this is one of them. I hovered over to click and am very glad i did. Enjoy you wont regret it.
A must see!!! (by torres-32431)
Sometimes we overlooked the truly important things in life and it takes something tragic to open our eyes. This film will be a reality check for everyone who watch it and it makes you appreciate they little things in life that at the end of it all it's what matters the most! A must see, this film is emotional, heart touching and heart warming. I'm not ashamed to say that I shed a few tears while watching it! Gerard Butler, hat off my friend! Great job on this movie! To be honest, the whole cast hat off to you all!!! Amazing movie!!!
loved this story (by BluePhoenix1122)
First, I was positively surprised by Butler in this role, he tackles brilliantly a multifaceted character who turns out to be a lot more than he appears on the first half hour of the movie -you kind of hate him, deeply, if he was an animal he would be a hornet I would want to be squashed- but that is only the surface for this guy, who we see in many different lights throughout the story. The movie is a ride between laughter and cries, leaning slightly over the cries as some scenes have a strong emotional weight -have tissues with you, will ya- and carry you through the journey that the main <more>
character Dane Butler experiences while he re-values his life and choices as he copes with a family crisis. It is an old format but well interpreted and the photography is beautifully crafted. All in all, if you are a sucker for emotional stories with a moral, this is a movie you probably want to watch it has different pace, much quicker to start with, perhaps a bit too fast when it comes to dialogues, but it made sense with the strong contrast I believe they wanted to give to the story when Dane's real journey starts. I enjoyed it deeply, that's a;; I can say without giving out spoilers, with 10 STAR points for Moll who is, as ever, sublime, as well as for the young Max Jenkins, who shows incredible talent and depth for his age. A mention to Kher, Foe and Molina for they never fail to deliver; and as for the main character Dane Jensen, well played by Butler, glad to see he hasn't forgotten he is a lot more than the tough guy he served us way too many times of late. The only down point to this movie is towards the end, which I felt it was a bit rushed to end the movie in the way they wanted, so if I had a score 0 to 10 to give the movie it would probably be 9.5 for that reason, otherwise it would have been a ten as I really loved it.
People are not entirely good or entirely bad, this is a model movie that portrays a man doing the right thing in the wrong way. On one hand he is trying to provide for his family and climb up the ranks but on the other hand he does morally wrong things and neglects his family in the process. He is a man we can relate to and in this movie we become invested in him neither hating him nor loving him but sympathizing with him.Something unexpected happens and our investment becomes even heightened, we cry, laugh and cry all over again. You see happiness, sadness and pure life in this movie - well <more>
acted. It is also nice to see marriage portrayed in all it's ups and downs without adding too much drama other than that of unexpected life.I loved this movie and would recommend it!
I really loved this movie. For the first time, in a long time, I forgot it was "Gerry" and really felt and re-lived all Dane's emotions of grief, sadness and denial. I also was able to feel the happiness and gratefulness he came to realize. It hit home for me in so many ways and it was a beautifully acted story. Danes marriage and relationships also feel so familiar. Learning to live in the moment and love the most important people in your life is something so easy for "us" to forgot. I loved the backdrop of Chicago and how it played into the story. It was difficult to <more>
shift from his career and back to what's going on with his family and I wish there was more continuity- that's the only reason I gave it a 9 out of 10. It was an emotional roller- coaster ride and a movie I'm still thinking about a day after I watched it. The children gave great performances too- the daughter looked so much like my niece that it made it more personal as well. It's a movie I will watch again and won't forget
A beautiful example of carefully crafted character building (by michaeljtrubic)
Everyone of these characters has depth and is very well textured.There really wasn't a minor character. There were extras of course but the small selection of characters each had at least two scenes showing 2 different traits that added richness to themselves and to what they had to offer to the primary story line.Even among the films available to fans of the 2016 festival this one stands out.A better example of character building I have not seen at this festival. Every film maker has something to learn from watching this film. So very well done - thank you.
A Beautiful Movie (by cyclopsindnextgen)
This movie shows in the best form, the true meaning of humanity and compassion. Every character was well crafted out and had depth. The part where lou, after telling his wife he'd finally gotten a job, went into the bathroom and wept for joy, is one of the "realest" moments you'd ever see in a movie. This movie deserves a better rating than it's got now. A Family Man helps to remind us all that in the end, we are human before anything else. beautiful movie!
A good movie. (by iix-31422)
This was a very good movie. I was happy to see Butler out of his macho Camacho character and give a simple and well played performance. The story line was engaging and a reflection on life. The kid's acting was spot on and actually very engaging. I gave it an 8. It's not an award winning movie, but a good story.