- The Family Man
:"For the CBS/Miller-Boyett series, see
The Family Man (TV Series)"
name = The Family Man
caption = "The Family Man" DVD Cover| writer = David Diamond,
Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle
Armyan Bernstein, Thomas A. Bliss, Andrew Z. Davis, James M. Freitag
distributor = Universal Pictures
December 22, 2000
runtime = 126 min.
country = USA
language = English
budget = $60,000,000 (estimated)
amg_id = 1:229073
imdb_id = 0218967
The film centers on a man who sees what could have been had he made a different decision thirteen years ago. It is similar to "
It's a Wonderful Life" in that it begins on ChristmasEve with a life-and-death situation involving an angelwho tries to convince the main character into taking an earnest look at his life. Moreover, in the end, the protagonists in both movies conclude that living a quiet family life is preferable to achieving success and wealth at work.
The film has also been compared to
Charles Dickens's " A Christmas Carol" in that the protagonist is a greedy man who cares little about anyone except himself, who then has his life outlook completely changed after a series of real-life "what if?" experiences.
Jack Campbell is a single, wealthy
Wall Street investment bankerliving the high life in New York City. All that magically changes one morning when he wakes up in a suburban New Jerseybedroom with the wife he never married and the two kids he never had—the life he would have led had he forgone investment banking as a younger man. While he desperately wishes to return to his high life, Jack is stuck in a "permanent acid trip" because an angel wants to teach the overly confident man a lesson. However, as he lives his life as a "family man," he gradually, grudgingly but inexorably, grows attached to the family he never had. When he finally realizes the true value of his new life, his epiphany jolts him back to his wealthy—yet as he now realizes, lonely—former life. In desperation, he forgoes closing his $130 billion acquisition deal to intercept his dream wife before she heads off to Paris. He tells her about the happy family that they could have together; met with complete incredulity, he relates in impossibly precise detail what he remembers of his dream life. Shocked but intrigued, she agrees to a cup of coffee at the airport—suggesting that they might have a future after all.
Nicolas Cage– Jack Campbell
Téa Leoni– Kate Reynolds
Don Cheadle– Cash
Jeremy Piven– Arnie
Saul Rubinek– Alan Mintz
Josef Sommer– Peter Lassiter
Makenzie Vega– Annie Campbell
Jake Milkovich& Ryan Milkovich– Josh Campbell
*Kate Walsh - Jeannie
Amber Valletta– Paula
Similar films include:
Mr. Destiny," in which an angel-like being shows a man how his world would have been if an event in his past happened differently.
It's a Wonderful Life," in which a man is able to see how things could have been if he'd never lived.
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