Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #307 The Family Man

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Movie #307 The Family Man

(2000, US, d. Brett Ratner)

One often thinks of director Brett Ratner’s filmography as a tribute to pure entertainment – Hollywood action, spectacle, and humor. But one often also overlooks the surprisingly powerful Family Man, a rare sentimental Christmas film that stays with you long after the credits roll. One of the main reasons for this being that it doesn’t necessarily follow all of the traits of the regular “magical adventure” film – a recent addition to my favorite genres list. The whole point of the film is to prove that every bad decision and action has a consequence – good or bad that you must learn to live with your whole life. And thankfully, the film never strays from that point. By the time the last 10 minutes start rolling and we can tell where the film is starting to move, we realize that this isn’t a regular Christmas movie. This movie is about bad decisions, bad actions, and bad people – but it is about accepting that and learning to make things better with what we are given. Featuring a wonderful turn by Nicolas Cage who stars as the title character, The Family Man is a film with heart, soul, and passion – but still manages to maintain visual spectacle that so often highlights a Brett Ratner film. It is a film that is delicate, sentimental, and truly a joy to watch. Rarely have I walked away from a family film recommending others to see it for the way the message of the film is put forth. But this film is an exception. It’s a really great film. I give it my full recommendation.

  1. First of all: I think the idea of ‘The MAD Challenge’ is brilliant. Just what I need. Hopefully I will watch 365 movies in 365 days. We’ll see.
    Secondly: would you mind telling me a little bit about your University? To be more specific: Film Production. I’m interested in studying film in general and I was wondering if you could give me some advice.
    And also, about ‘The Family Man’ – I personally think it’s one of the best movies that can be described as a family movie. It’s sincere and simple but still very interesting. I loved every minute of it 🙂

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