The Man

2006-03-30 13:23


A federal agent turns up dead on the mean streets of Detroit. When it's learned that the agent was "on the take" in a multi-million dollar arms heist, all eyes turn toward his partner, Derrick Vann (Samuel L. Jackson), a hardcore undercover federal agent known for his untrusting, street-wise style. Vann's given 24 hours to recover the stolen arms and find the cop killers, but he's about to stumble upon an unlikely ally...

Enter Andy Fiddler (Eugene Levy), an affable, optimistic dental supply salesman in town for a two-day convention. When the bad guys mistake Andy to be the buyer in a stolen arms deal, Vann is forced to utilize the talkative salesman as "the face" of his sting operation. With the clock ticking, this unlikely duo speed through the streets of Detroit in an intense and hilarious adventure that uncovers much more than they could have ever anticipated.

What the critics are saying:

"...the leads don't have enough to work with to make Les Mayfield's workmanlike movie anything more than a rather repetitive, run-of-the-mill romp."
- Neil Smith, BBC Movies

"The buddy action comedy is now the megaplex equivalent of an old vaudeville routine. It is shticky, it is beyond predictable, it is such a creaky ritual that one would be hard-pressed to remember when it was actually fun."
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"Characters are pretty much composites of their previous roles. Think Jackson's Pulp Fiction Jules getting all Ezekiel 25:17 on Levy's American Pie dad."
- Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It almost hurts to watch Samuel L Jackson and Eugene Levy grimace their way through this creaky, joyless comedy.

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