The Family Man

The Family Man

:"For the CBS/Miller-Boyett series, see The Family Man (TV Series)"

Infobox Film
name = The Family Man

caption = "The Family Man" DVD Cover| writer = David Diamond,
David Weissman
starring = Nicolas Cage,
Téa Leoni,
Don Cheadle
director = Brett Ratner
music = Danny Elfman
producer = Armyan Bernstein,
Thomas A. Bliss,
Andrew Z. Davis,
James M. Freitag
distributor = Universal Pictures
released = December 22, 2000
runtime = 126 min.
country = USA
language = English
budget = $60,000,000 (estimated)
amg_id = 1:229073
imdb_id = 0218967

"The Family Man" is a 2000 American comedy-drama film, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni.

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 Christmas Eve with a life-and-death situation involving an angel who 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 banker living the high life in New York City. All that magically changes one morning when he wakes up in a suburban New Jersey bedroom 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

hared themes

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.

External links

*imdb title|id=0218967|title=The Family Man
*amg title|id=1:229073}title-The Family Man
*rotten-tomatoes|id=family_man|title=The Family Man

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Glimmer Man — Infobox Film name = The Glimmer Man caption = Theatrical release poster director = John Gray producer = Julius R. Nasso Steven Seagal writer = Kevin Brodbin starring = Steven Seagal Keenan Ivory Wayans Bob Gunton Brian Cox and Michelle Johnson… …   Wikipedia

  • The Falling Man — is a story about a photograph taken by Richard Drew at 9:41:15 a.m., on September 11, 2001. The story was written by Tom Junod and appeared in the September 2003 issue of Esquire magazine, about the World Trade Center during the September 11,… …   Wikipedia

  • The Demolished Man —   …   Wikipedia

  • The Mysterious Man — is a fictional character from the 1986 play Into the Woods. In the 1987 Broadway production, he was performed by Tom Aldredge, who also played the role of the narrator.HistoryThe Mysterious Man first appears in the woods as Jack is going to… …   Wikipedia

  • The Minus Man — Theatrical release poster Directed by Hampton Fancher Produced by Kei …   Wikipedia

  • The Thin Man — (1934) is a hardboiled detective novel by Dashiell Hammett. Although he never wrote a sequel, the book became the basis for a successful film series which also began in 1934 with The Thin Man and starred William Powell and Myrna Loy. A Thin Man… …   Wikipedia

  • The Omega Man — For the coin counterfeiter, see The Omega Man (counterfeiter). For the manga and anime character, see Omegaman. The Omega Man Theatrical release poster Directed by …   Wikipedia

  • The Last Man — Infobox Book | name = The Last Man image caption = Title page from an 1826 edition of volume II printed in Paris author = Mary Shelley country = England language = English genre = Science Fiction, Apocalyptic fiction publisher = Henry Colburn pub …   Wikipedia

  • The Running Man — This article is about the novel. For the film, see The Running Man (film). For other uses, see Running man. The Running Man   …   Wikipedia

  • The Female Man — infobox Book | name = The Female Man title orig = translator = image caption = Cover of first edition (paperback) author = Joanna Russ illustrator = cover artist = country = United States language = English series = genre = Science fiction novel… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.