have to prise the pompoms from our dead hands"
After inadvertently seeing the murder of a key witness, cheerleaders
Anne (Milian), Teresa (Garcés), Evie (Keena), Heather (Ferlito) and Barb
(Garner) are taken into protective custody by the Texas Rangers. Roland
Sharp (Lee Jones) takes on the detail but his almost militaristic methods
of protection don't go over well with the girls and his cover as assistant
cheerleading coach really doesn't go over well with him either.
Once in a while a respected actor makes an error of judgement
and appears in something that he or she would rather forget. For Tommy Lee
Jones, this is one of those instances.
The premise of putting a hardened Texas Ranger in a house
full of cheerleaders might have sounded like comic gold on paper but the
realisation of 'Man of the House' is far from anything comedic. The whole
film limps along from one cliché to another, constantly adding sugar until
your teeth cannot handle anymore by the finale.
The clashing of generations and life choices has been the
stalwart plot device of many a comedy over the years but very few have really
stood out of the crowd. 'Man of the House' has only one redeeming feature,
from a male prospective, and that is the beautiful cheerleaders. Without
Christina Milian, Paula Garcés, Monica Keena, Vanessa Ferlito and Kelli
Garner to look at there is absolutely nothing for the male audience member
to enjoy. The rest of the film embarrassingly sees Tommy Lee Jones get in
touch with his feminine side, as the girls show him how to treat a lady
as he tries to woo Anne Archer's university professor character, Molly.
This is comedy at its most basic and lacking in any realism, as Tommy Lee
Jones's character looses his manliness without enough protests and far too
On the plus side, Christina Milian, Paula Garcés, Monica Keena,
Vanessa Ferlito and Kelli Garner are very watchable and do their best with
the stereotypical roles they have been given. All the girls are a tad too
clichéd, been rebellious, obsessed with all things girly and thinking that
Cheerleading can change the world but this is how America would expect them
to behave, so it isn't really their fault.
'Man of the House' is a very big negative blip on Tommy Lee
Jones's career. Producing extremely average entertainment like this will
never see he nominated for any awards again, never mind winning them. This
is a film that only its target audience will enjoy and most of them will
be off that cheerleading practice anyway.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
sound, the movie is presented well.
Cheer Camp (4.50 mins)
Director Stephen Herek, cheerleading advisors C. Ladd Lebus and Brad W.
Page and stars Christina Milian, Paula Garcés, Monica Keena, Vanessa Ferlito
and Kelli Garner take you behind the scenes of the cheerleading camp for
the production. Here we see what the girls had to go through to prepare
for the shot as they learn routines, lifts and many other skills that
they will need to become onscreen cheerleaders.
The Making of 'Man of the House' (9.42 mins)
Director Stephen Herek, producers Allyn Stewart and Steven Reuther, production
designer Nelson Coates and stars Tommy Lee Jones, Cedric the Entertainer
and Christina Milian, Paula Garcés, Monica Keena and Kelli Garner take
you behind the scenes of 'Man of the House'. The featurette takes us on
a tour of the University of Texas location and looks at Tommy Lee Jones
and the girls for this fish out of water movie.
Previews of Bewitched and Men in Black II
A very average movie gets a very average DVD treatment from Sony. The
two featurettes are ok but this is all you get. A commentary track with
the girls would have added to the value greatly but fans of the film will
be very disappointed with this package.
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