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"MAN OF THE YEAR"
(2006) (Robin Williams, Laura Linney) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Mild Heavy Moderate Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate Mild Mild Minor Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Heavy Mild Minor Moderate Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: A TV political comedian runs for the presidency and becomes involved with a software technician who believes the subsequent election results are incorrect.
PLOT:
It's the year of the next presidential election pitting incumbent President Kellogg (DAVE NICHOLS) against challenger Senator Mills (DAVID FERRY), all of which means political comedian Tom Dobbs (ROBIN WILLIAMS) and his cable TV show are more popular than ever. When an audience member yells out that Dobbs should run for office, a grass roots movement starts, eventually leading to the comedian entering the race and making his way onto the ballots of thirteen states. While he initially takes the role seriously, since he wants to discuss the issues, his longtime manger Jack Menken (CHRISTOPHER WALKEN) and head writer Eddie Langston (LEWIS BLACK) eventually convince him that his comedy will help him stand out from the others. Accordingly, he makes mincemeat of his competitors in a televised debate, increasing the odds that he might actually win.

All of which has software programmer Eleanor Green (LAURA LINNEY) nervous. She's found a flaw in the Delacroy electronic voting system that will affect the outcome of the vote tabulation, but the company's CEO, James Hemmings (RICK ROBERTS), and head lawyer, Alan Stewart (JEFF GOLDBLUM), want her to keep quiet, especially after Dobbs ends up winning.

With only her boyfriend and coworker Danny (DAVID ALPAY) also aware of the faulty election results, Eleanor is overcome with guilt, eventually leading her to get close to Dobbs, but she finds herself unable to rain on his and his staff's parade. As those two become attracted to each other romantically, Hemmings and especially Stewart set out to make sure she won't be able to ruin their company's future by blowing the whistle about the faulty software.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of Robin Williams (or anyone else in the cast) or political type comedies (although the film is more of a drama with comedy and thriller elements), they might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For language including some crude sexual references, drug related material, and brief violence.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • ROBIN WILLIAMS plays a cable-based, political comedy show host where he's become so popular, he decides to ride that into the next presidential election. Telling it like he sees it, he wants to make changes, and gets his message across through humor. He also ends up falling for Eleanor while being the only one who believes her story. Once he knows the truth about the election, he must decide what to do.
  • LAURA LINNEY plays a software technician for the company behind the electronic voting machines who's fired from her job when she points out a glitch that will affect the election. Once she informs Dobbs, she finds her life in danger while also being discredited by her former employers. She uses profanity while under the effects of drugs unknowingly injected into her by someone else.
  • CHRISTOPHER WALKEN plays Dobb's longtime manager, a smoker who is knocked off his feet by his emphysema, but keeps pushing Dobbs to make the right moves to become president. He uses some profanity.
  • LEWIS BLACK plays Dobb's acerbic head writer who tries to help advise him on the right choices. He uses profanity.
  • JEFF GOLDBLUM plays the software company's lead lawyer who will do anything to discredit Eleanor's claims, including having her injected with a concoction of drugs, and having his thugs try to abduct and kill her. He uses profanity, some of it briefly strong.
  • RICK ROBERTS plays the CEO of the company who tells Eleanor not to worry about the glitch before the election and wants her silenced.
  • DAVID ALPAY plays Eleanor's coworker and boyfriend who's initially supportive of her, but then pretty much disappears from the picture.
  • DAVE NICHOLS plays the current President of the U.S. who's running against Dobbs and Mills.
  • DAVID FERRY plays the other newcomer to the race, a U.S. Senator who performs in a politics as usual fashion.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this dramedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are uttered. All sorts of sexually related humor (mostly dialogue, but some gestures) covering a variety of topics is present.

    Violence includes a man grabbing a woman and injecting her with a concoction of drugs (some illegal), a woman bashing a vehicle door into her abductor's face (slightly bloodying it) and a truck smashing into a phone booth, hospitalizing a woman previously standing in the latter (some of those scenes may be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers, while one rather effective jump scene is also present). Characters associated with those actions have bad attitudes, and others are also present (with some viewers potentially being offended by some of the topical humor present in the film).

    Various characters drink and/or smoke, some drug-related humor is present, as are various instances of crude humor. Finally, all of that humor (and related mannerisms and gestures, etc.) may be enticing for some kids to imitate. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are varying amounts of handheld camera movement in the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Tom tells a joke about something still working after two cases of vodka.
  • Eleanor asks Danny if he wants a beer or soda. He chooses the latter and she has the same.
  • During a debate, Tom makes a joke about an open bar and the Secretary of Defense.
  • About a car running on grain alcohol, Tom jokes that a pulled-over driver can say it's the car that's been driving, not the driver (some viewers might not like the joking reference to drunk driving).
  • Asked by the press if he ever did drugs, Tom says yes he did inhale, joking that he was holding a lit joint and said, "What the hell." He then goes on about being high in the past.
  • Eleanor, Danny, and other Delacroy employees have drinks at a party.
  • Tom brings various things for Jack in his hospital room, including a bottle of wine (Tom later has some).
  • Eleanor acts quite hyper and rudely toward a clerk, eventually seeming to have a mental breakdown (but we later hear she was previously and unknowingly injected with an assortment of drugs including cocaine, morphine and more).
  • People drink at an election party.
  • On the phone with Tom, Hemmings comments about Eleanor's drug problem (that he or his minions set up with the singular injection above).
  • About the woods where they've been playing paintball, Eddie jokes that drug dealers have the place booked until dawn.
  • A person drinks some wine at Thanksgiving, with Eleanor and Tom having some, and then everyone having some in front of them with dinner.
  • Stewart holds a press conference furthering the lie about Eleanor having drug problems.
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks at a reception.
  • Eddie opens some champagne to celebrate.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • A thug's nose is bloody after Eleanor slams an SUV door into him.
  • Eleanor has a few scrapes on her face after being injured.
  • Crude humor includes the following:
  • Tom jokes about a strip search and a person coming at him with a rubber glove, saying they should have dinner first.
  • Tom goes on a comedic rant with the press, admitting he just farted among them.
  • Joking about intelligent design, Tom states that's a misnomer when one considers the human body where a waste processing center was put right next to a recreation area.
  • Tom jokes about Jack and a "pina colonic."
  • There's a joke about panties being thrown at Paris Hilton and them sticking to her.
  • Tom jokes that politicians and diapers are alike in that they need to be changed often and for the same reason.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Eleanor finds a computer glitch in the vote tabulation software, but Hemmings deletes her message and tells her it's been resolved (when it hasn't).
  • About not having a family to parade during the campaign, Tom jokes that he can hold his mother's ashes (some viewers might not like the joke).
  • Some viewers might not like a joke Tom makes about the current Pope and Nazi connections to his past.
  • Some viewers might not like topical humor that occurs in the film, such as that concerning illegal immigration (and how it's harder to come across the border legally as a U.S. citizen than someone sneaking across), flag burning (about people having flag underwear, etc.), same sex marriage (saying married people always have the same sex), intelligent design (joking about the human body proving that wrong) or the 2000 presidential election (about the wrong candidate winning).
  • About a car running on grain alcohol, Tom jokes that a pulled-over driver can say it's the car that's been driving, not the driver (some viewers might not like the joking reference to drunk driving).
  • Stewart tries to make Eleanor feel guilty about wanting to come forward with her computer glitch info, asking if she wants to destroy the company and endanger the jobs of her coworkers. He then tells her that "now is the past" and to fix the problem for the next election.
  • Eleanor acts quite hyper and rudely toward a clerk, eventually seeming to have a mental breakdown (but we later hear she was previously and unknowingly injected with an assortment of drugs including cocaine, morphine and more).
  • Eleanor tries to pose as an FBI agent to enter an election party and meet Tom.
  • On the phone with Tom, Hemmings comments about Eleanor's drug problem (that he or his minions set up with the singular injection above).
  • After Tom tells Jack that he didn't win the election, Jack says they shouldn't tell anyone.
  • Stewart holds a press conference furthering the lie about Eleanor having drug problems.
  • Some viewers might not like a joke Tom makes about Hitler showing up late and some people hoping nothing happened to him.
  • A Delacroy thug follows Eleanor, and we then see a truck suddenly race toward and smash through the phone booth she's in (she dives away). The police say it was a regular driver losing control of his vehicle in the snow, but we're led to believe otherwise.
  • Tom jokes about doing a comedy bit about gay farmers called "Crop suckers."
  • Some viewers might not like mental health comments such as "Nuts" "As loony as that seems" and "A mental case."
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • The following may be unsettling or suspenseful to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • Jack bends over in pain and has to be taken to the hospital where we hear he has an enlarged heart from his emphysema.
  • Eleanor hears an odd sound in her place at night, and slowly goes around trying to find its cause. When she doesn't, she turns out the light (the TV is still on), gets into bed and someone suddenly grabs, holds and injects her with a syringe (which we later learn is filled with a concoction of drugs).
  • We see some Delacroy thugs arrive at Eleanor's motel room (she's out of it, but returns to find them in there and then flees).
  • A Delacroy thug grabs Eleanor's arm and escorts her on a shopping mall escalator. He then takes her into the parking garage (alone) and tells her to get into the SUV, but she slams the door into his face, bloodying his nose, before escaping and speeding away.
  • As Eleanor tries to make a panicked call to Tom (from a phone booth along a street on a snowy night), we see a truck suddenly race toward and smash through the booth as she dives away. We then hear a TV report that she was injured and then see her being put into an ambulance with a few scrapes on her face.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Paintball guns are used to shoot others while participating in that activity.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Don't f*ck with our democracy," "Who gives a sh*t?" "In the sh*t-house," "Full of sh*t," "Oh sh*t," "It's like wanting to get laid and forgetting to bring the woman," "Such a slut," "Getting head" (oral sex), "Crop suckers" (gay farmers), "Nuts" (crazy), "Screwed up," "As loony as that seems," "Old bastard," "What the hell /are you doing here/is going on?" "Such a bitch," "Where the hell are you?" "A mental case," "She's a succubus," "We're royally screwed" and "Whatever the hell happened."
  • Some or all of Robin Williams' behavior, mannerisms and jokes, etc. might be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • Tom tells a joke about cell phones getting so small they'll fit in your ear, where the volume will be adjusting one's nipple (he demonstrates that over his clothed chest) and then grabs his clothed crotch to demonstrate something else.
  • Tom grabs his clothed crotch while making a joke about "Your tea's right here."
  • Eleanor tries to pose as an FBI agent to enter an election party and meet Tom.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • A person suddenly grabs Eleanor in her place at night (a big jump scene).
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A mild amount of ominous and suspenseful music plays in several scenes.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song has the word "hell" in it.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "f" word, 13 "s" words, 1 slang term for sex ("laid"), 6 hells, 1 damn, 3 uses each of "God," "Oh God" and "Oh my God," 2 of "For God's sakes" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes" and "My God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Tom warms up the studio audience before the show, calling it a little "foreplay" and then says maybe he should stand back a bit to avoid sexual harassment.
  • Tom tells a joke about cell phones getting so small they'll fit in your ear, where the volume will be adjusting one's nipple (he demonstrates that over his clothed chest) and then grabs his clothed crotch to demonstrate something else.
  • About politics without humor, Jack says, "It's like wanting to get laid and forgetting to bring the woman."
  • Eddie jokes about wanting to accuse the other candidate of having sex with animals, saying President Johnson did it, adding that it can't be proven, but it's worth it just to see the other guy deny it.
  • Tom tells some sexually laced humor about making a reality show about politics and dating, imitating a woman saying she likes a dirty environment and a politician who's not afraid to go into the "wetlands" and "drill" (other such comments are made).
  • Tom jokes about air bags being replaced by breast implants, going on about rear collisions increasing and comments on guys doing some bumping just to see what happens.
  • Eddie comments on a TV moderator's cleavage during a debate (we see it), wondering if it's legal.
  • Tom jokes about a strip search and a person coming at him with a rubber glove, saying they should have dinner first.
  • Tom jokes about flag underwear, such as seeing a grandmother in such a thong, adding, "Don't tell me where old glory is."
  • About same sex marriage, Tom jokes that anyone who's been married can tell you it's always the same old sex.
  • Tom goes on a comedic rant about his past for the press, saying he looked at pictures of naked women when he was young, adding something about his right hand being strong and that he touched himself.
  • Tom jokes about the current health insurance situation, where you get a prescription for Viagra but not glasses, meaning "You can have a hard-on, but can't see where to put it."
  • Tom grabs his clothed crotch while making a joke about "Your tea's right here."
  • Joking about intelligent design, Tom states that's a misnomer when one considers the human body where a waste processing center was put right next to a recreation area.
  • Tom jokes about being a tree hugger, making a sexual comment about if one finds the right knotty (naughty) pine.
  • About the state but making a sexual name joke, Tom jokes that Virginia is okay, but Debbie is "such a slut."
  • Eleanor shows a little cleavage.
  • We see Eleanor with just a towel around her in her bathroom.
  • Tom jokes about having a lesbian Cabinet, adding that they might not accomplish much, but it would be fun thinking about what would be happening behind closed doors.
  • Eleanor inadvertently shows cleavage while bent over and the camera sees down her top.
  • About watching Congress on TV, Tom jokes that it makes golf look like porn.
  • A comment is made about a woman that she's a succubus (part of the definition of which - not heard here -- is a female demon who descends upon and has sex with a man while he sleeps).
  • Eddie makes a joking reference (presumably about President Clinton) about something not being like a side street "getting head like what's his name."
  • About Eleanor, Tom jokes that he did not have sex with that woman, but that he wanted to, adding that he's single. He then jokes that most of his dates in his earlier years were with himself, commenting about what he did, including having his way with himself. He then jokes about a porn star being elected to Italy's parliament, adding that while there was no scandal, there were great downloads.
  • Eddie states that his ex-wife did many tranquilizers. When asked why, he states to make the sex with him more bearable.
  • About an earlier costume he was wearing, Tom jokes about the boot buckles meaning he was a pimp or pilgrim, adding that it meant getting off the Mayflower or having four girls in a Cadillac.
  • Tom jokes that women don't throw themselves at comedians like they do rock stars, adding that if he's thrown panties, the women wanted them fluffed, folded, and back on Friday. Tina Fey (the scene occurs on TV's "Saturday Night Live") jokes that she threw panties at Britney Spears since she needed them, while another joke is made about panties thrown at Paris Hilton and them sticking to her.
  • Tom jokes about doing a comedy bit about gay farmers called "Crop suckers."
  • Tom jokes that they should put squeaky toys in breast implants (making the gesture of a man squeezing breasts for the noise) and then jokes that the best and cheapest birth control for a woman is simply pointing and laughing (as if at a man's genitals).
  • SMOKING
  • Jack smokes several times (once with a cigar), states he's been doing so since he was seven, and sneaks one despite being in a wheelchair from his emphysema. A miscellaneous person also smokes.
  • Eddie jokes to Tom for the latter to pick up some cartons of cigarettes for Jack since they're cheaper where he's going.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
    LI>About not having a family to parade during the campaign, Tom jokes that he can hold his mother's ashes (some viewers might not like the joke).
  • Tom jokes about having an ex-wife.
  • Eddie states that his ex-wife did many tranquilizers. When asked why, he states to make the sex with him more bearable.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The question of whether people are being represented by their government.
  • Politics and politicians.
  • Electronic voting.
  • Tom's comment that politics should be like NASCAR in that politicians should have to wear sponsor labels on their suits (as a means of disclosure).
  • Jack bends over in pain and has to be taken to the hospital where we hear he has an enlarged heart from his emphysema.
  • The comment that you need to be different to be noticed.
  • The comment that many Americans get their political news from comedians rather than the regular press.
  • The comment that democracy is a collision of ideas.
  • A person jokes about gay marriage that they (gay people) have the same right to be just as miserable "as the rest of us."
  • VIOLENCE
  • Eleanor hears an odd sound in her place at night, and slowly goes around trying to find its cause. When she doesn't, she turns out the light (the TV is still on), gets into bed and someone suddenly grabs, holds and injects her with a syringe (which we later learn is filled with a concoction of drugs).
  • Tom and Eleanor are hit by various paintballs while playing just that with his staff (no one is harmed).
  • A Delacroy thug grabs Eleanor's arm and escorts her on a shopping mall escalator. He then takes her into the parking garage (alone) and tells her to get into the SUV, but she slams the door into his face, bloodying his nose, before escaping and speeding away.
  • As Eleanor tries to make a panicked call to Tom (from a phone booth along a street on a snowy night), we see a truck suddenly race toward and smash through the booth as she dives away. We then hear a TV report that she was injured and then see her being put into an ambulance with a few scrapes on her face.



  • Reviewed October 10, 2006 / Posted October 13, 2006

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