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The Man (2005)



Critic Consensus: Despite the steely presence of Samuel L. Jackson and the comic timing of Eugene Levy, The Man's plot is pointless and its jokes rehashed, as it ends up playing out like the Odd Couple with gas.

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Les Mayfield directs Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy in the buddy action comedy The Man. Jackson plays ATF agent Derrick Vann. His partner, who it turns out was corrupt, has been killed after a cache of guns were stolen from the ATF office in Detroit. Internal affairs believe Derrick was in on the gun theft, forcing him to go off on his own to bring the bad guys to justice. Dental supply salesman Andy Fiddler (Levy) happens to be in Detroit for a business convention. During the course of figuring out who is responsible for his partner's death, Derrick arrests Andy because of a miscommunication. Soon the hard-edged law enforcer and the meek businessman team up to extricate themselves from their life-threatening predicament.

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Samuel L. Jackson
as Derrick Vann
Eugene Levy
as Andy Fiddler
Luke Goss
as Joey/Kane
Miguel Ferrer
as Agent Peters
Susie Essman
as Lt. Rita Carbone
Gigi Rice
as Susan
Philip Akin
as Second L.A. Agent
Joel S. Keller
as Laptop Guy
Kathryn Greenwood
as Flight Attendant
George Ghali
as Cab Driver
Leni Parker
as Cashier
Matt Cooke
as Uniform Cop on PA
Joe Sacco
as Rookie
Neville Edwards
as Tall Agent
Scott Wickware
as Booking Officer
Geoff Bowes
as Phone Agent
Jessica Kelly
as Female Prisoner
Eldridge Hyndman
as Muscular Prisoner
Peter Oldring
as Young Guard
Max McCabe
as Pinto Driver
Frank Spadone
as Conventioneer
Andrew Stelmack
as Conventioneer
Gordon Bolan
as Conventioneer
Toby Proctor
as Cavity Search Guard
Peter Kosaka
as Asian Man
Lindsay Ames
as Waitress
Jason Gautreau
as Bicycle Cop
Christopher Murray
as Homeless Man
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Critic Reviews for The Man

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (37)

It's not dreadful, but the movie is executed with total indifference, as if its creators are working from a checklist.

September 18, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

So tired.

September 12, 2005

Like the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Showtime and Taxi seemingly haunt every shot of Les Mayfield's shrill white cop/black cop buddy movie.

September 12, 2005 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

In Roy Orbison terms, enduring this movie is like working for The Man.

September 9, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4

At what point do you know that a movie isn't just bad, it's off-the-scale, surrender-all-hope, no-turning-back bad?

September 9, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

At a zippy 83 minutes (including an ingenious title sequence that sets up the crime), The Man could be a lot worse. But with this kind of talent, it should be a lot better.

September 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Man

Absolutely terrible comedy buddy movie. Bearing in mind that Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy have built their careers playing pretty much the same characters in each of their respective movies, you don't even need to see this to know exactly what it's going to be like. Take some advice: skip it and spend your 90 minutes more profitably elsewhere.

Stephen M
Stephen M

Super Reviewer


I hadn't had great expectations for this film but was pleasantly surprised by some of it's hilarious content. Eugine Levy provides non stop laughter and the relationship between him and Samuel L Jackson throughout the film, reminded me much of the film "Midnight Run"

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

probably one of the worst films starring samuel L. jackson! this movie blows majorly.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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