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A great and heartwarming rendition of a classic Christmas tale...

  • Dec 10, 2009
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In  Frank Capra's 1946 Christmas epic,"It's a wonderful Life" James Stewart got to see what life would be like for  the people around him and the world  if he had never been born. There by discovering  that his life was  not bad but missing something.

 In this 2000 rendition of that classic film Nicolas Cage plays a similar character, his  characters name is Jack Campbell   and he's a greedy and  self absorbed investment banker who's only goal and love in life is to make money. Well that all changes one night when he stops a young African-American man named Cash from shooting a clerk over  a lotto ticket  but little does Jack  know that this man is not so ordinary street punk but is in reality an Angel sent to help  Jack changes his greedy ways.  When Cash ask Jack what he wants out of life? Jack  replies, "I've already got everything I need."   Cash tells him that he brought this on himself and leaves Jack not really thinking  about what he had said  goes home  to bed and the next day wakes up, not as  the playboy investment banker  he is, but a married   tire sales men  of two  with his college sweetheart he left behind 13 years earlier. Now the only way Jack is ever going to get his old life back is too first learn to live and appreciate life as, "The Family Man".

"The Family Man" is heartwarming, charming, sweet, touching  and an all around great time for anyone in the mood for a great  Christmas fairytale.  While the story may seem a little familiar  it does have it's moments that  just really grab you and pull you into the  deep rooted story about love, family and making the right choices even if at the time they seem wrong.  It's one of those films that you have to watch  and see just for the story or not even that, see it for the great performances, the high spirited  nature  of the events unfolding onscreen  see it  just because you've got   the itching for a good Christmas story. Whatever the reason you  see this film see it with an open mind and an open heart and I can promise you  that if you do the story will leave you with a great and  warm feeling on the inside.  All in all Brett Ratner's "The Family Man" is nothing short of  beautiful and  touching  entertainment at it's very, very best  and will entertain if not lift you up.

Nicolas Cage gives one of the best and brightest performances of his career as  first being  the stuck up, self absorb Campbell and then slowly but surely changing into  the man deep down inside  he knows he is. It's something magical to watch  onscreen and the change in Cages performance as the film progress is astounding it's something  new for Cage and  it plays out very well for him onscreen. Tea Leoni is astounding in this  as the  under payed and over worked wife of Jack in the alternate reality, Leoni plays the part with wit, charm and  style and really  shows how life as a suburban housewife can  be. Leoni doesn't  lie in her performance or tries to sugar coat what motherhood is like. She  shows you how it  works and how she  helps  the other Jack find solace in being a blue collar worker.  Don Cheadle doesn't have allot of screen time  in  this film  but  the parts he is in are  great and well preformed. But all in all the cast is phenomenal  and really shine in this brilliant  and  beautiful holiday love story.

"The Family Man" Has always been a favorite of mine to watch at Christmas time  mainly because of the story  and the message it plays out for you. It's just  such an amazing film and it's so well told and  crafted that it  at sometimes doesn't feel like a  movie  with actors, but a really true to life story  about a man who lost  his way and has to find  his way home. It's a great Christmas film and an amazing  drama about how the choices we make can either make us a  better person or make us into something  we sometimes barley recognize. "The Family man" is a motion picture experience that is pretty original and something that you've never seen before , you may think you've seen this kind of story before   but trust me when you watch it  you won't  think about comparing it to other  films  because this one is a one of a kind modern classic.
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