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August 13, 2014

Movie Review: The Family Man

Starring: Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni
Directed by:  Brett Ratner

BLURB: Jack Campbell (Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage) is a single, wealthy Wall Street trader living the high life in New York City. All that magically changes one winter morning when he wakes up in suburban New Jersey next to Kate (Tea Leoni), the girlfriend he left 13 years ago. He's now got two kids, he's traded in his Ferrari for a minivan all while trying not to lose his mind. Find out what it takes for a single-minded businessman to become The Family Man in this heartwarming holiday comedy about second thoughts and second chances.

REVIEW: The Family Man is one of my all time favorite movies. It's not just a fluffy comedy or a Christmas movie it's got a ton of heart and it's one that I personally hated to see end. If you loved It’s a Wonderful Life you will love this one too!

Jack Campbell seems to have it all he’s the president of a big corporation and has all that comes with it… the money, the sports car, the women what more could anyone guy want right?

Jack doesn’t think his life could have possibly ever have gotten better than it has. But this hard hearted businessman is about to have everything he knows turned on it’s ear when an encounter with an otherworldly spirit suddenly turns Jack’s world upside down.

Jack goes to sleep one night in his penthouse apartment and wakes up to a whole new life literally! He sudden finds himself sleeping next to Kate his college girlfriend who he hasn’t seen in 13 years. He has a wife, two kids, a dog, his Ferrari has been replaced with a mini van and his penthouse apartment is gone and in it’s place is a little house in the suburbs of New Jersey. It’s far from his big city glamorous life that he’s been use to. Jack is flabbergasted by it all and who should pull up driving his Ferrari but Cash the otherworldly visitor who tells Jack that he has been given a gift. He has been given a glimpse of what his life could have been like had he chosen to stay with Kate 13 years ago and not got on that plane to London to pursue that job all those years ago.  Jack is less than impressed and wants his old life back immediately! But Cash tells him that he will have to stay in this “life” until he learns whatever it is that he is suppose to learn from this glimpse at what might have been.

Jack doesn’t know the first thing about being a family man and at first he is completely miserable and wants nothing to do with this alternate life. He is use to being the powerful president of a major corporation not a salesman at Ed’s Tirestore! He's use to getting what he wants when he wants it and being able to buy pretty much anything he wants, not having to watch every penny and worry about the mortgage and the bills. But little by little the simple pleasures of a life with a beautiful wife who loves him and two kids begins to melt the heart of ice of this grumpy businessman, and show Jack that maybe he didn’t know what he needed and really wanted before. 

Can this simple life be what true riches really are? Can Jack have everything he wants and a family too? Is the family life really for him at all? Or will the life he didn't know that he wanted until it was shown to him suddenly be taken away as quickly as it came? Which one will he choose? And for that matter which one is even real???

I LOVE this movie from start to finish. The only thing that got to me a little was some of the language sprinkled throughout the film. I thought it could have done with a lot less of it at times. But it has a great cast that does a spectacular job in every way. And it's a story that will touch even the hardest of hearts! It’s one that Frank Capra would have loved to have directed I think were he still around. It’s a true feel good comedy that will have you laughing, crying and leave you smiling at the end. It's one you will find yourself watching over and over again through the years. A definite keeper!

Rated PG-13 for sensuality and language


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