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The Extra Man (2010)

The Extra Man

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

July 30, 2010 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

108 min.

Production Budget

$7 millions

Studio

Magnolia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini

Producer

Anthony Bregman, Stephanie Davis

Screenwriter

Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini

Starring

Story


"The Extra Man" is a sophisticated and moving comedy from filmmakers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.

"The Extra Man" follows Louis Ives (Paul Dano), a lonely dreamer who fancies himself the hero of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. When a deeply embarrassing incident forces him to leave his job at an exclusive Princeton prep school, Louis heads to New York City to make a fresh start. He quickly finds a 9 to 5 job at an environmental magazine, where he encounters an entrancing, green-obsessed co-worker Mary (Katie Holmes).

But, what really sparks Louis' imagination is his new home life. He rents a room in the ramshackle apartment of Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), a penniless, wildly eccentric and brilliant playwright. When Henry's not dancing alone to obscure music or singing operettas, he's performing - with great panache - the duties of an "extra man," a social escort for the wealthy widows of Manhattan high society. The two men develop a volatile mentorship, which leads to a series of urban adventures - encountering everything from a leaping lion to a wildly jealous hirsute neighbor to drunken nonagenarians to a shady Swiss hunchback.

Along his exploration into the heart of New York City, Henry and Louis have unexpected influences on each other and form a memorable bond that bridges their differences.

Pictures (7 photos)


Kevin Kline stars as Henry Harrison in Magnolia Pictures' The Extra Man (2010)
Marian Seldes stars as Vivian and Paul Dano stars as Louis Ives in Magnolia Pictures' The Extra Man (2010)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a series of gimmicky setups designed to elicit feel-good laughs..”
by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]
“..boring..”
by Kyle Smith [NY Post]
“..It hovers like a hummingbird madly beating its wings to stay aloft..”
by Stephen Holden [NY Times]