So, another little swap around! Nic Cage had to with to make way for A Christmas Horror Story yesterday.
And today it’s…
17th December, Day 48
The Family Man (Brett Ratner, 2000)
Nic Cage and Tea Leone are Jack and Kate, a young professional couple very much in love. Jack is about to head off to London to start a year long apprentiship at Barclay’s bank. As they say goodbye at the gate though, Kate has last minute doubts about spending so long a parts. She asks Jack to stay, saying they can throw away their plans and just be together. Jack assures her though that she is just over thinking everything, and that 1 year apart won’t disrupte their relationship.
Thirteen years later though, Jack is living in a penthouse apartment in New York, very much living the life of a bachelor. He is a high profile executive, putting together a huge merger and making those under him work on Christmas Day. The day before though, he gets a message that Kate is trying to contact him, having not spoken in years. Later on Christmas Eve, he gets involved in a confrontation Cash (Don Cheadle) is having in a store about a winning lottery ticket. Jack buys the ticket from Cash, and in return Cash asks if he needs anything. Jack says no, and goes back to his life.
The next day, instead of his penthouse, Jack awakes in a family house in New Jersey. He is apparently married to Kate and has two kids. His colleagues at work now longer recognise him, and when he meets Cash again he reveals that he is a guardian angel and that Jack will see what could have been, had he never got on the train. What will he learn? Will his new family notice any differences in him? And can Jack become the family man he was meant to be?
Soppy, sentimental, and unchallenging. But you know what – this is a decent film! Tea Leone and Nic Cage are just so likeable here they forced me to like the film. Also, it’s heart is in the right place, unlike the slightly dubious and cynical message at the heart of some of the romantic comedies in this Countdown.
Overall, I give this
I liked it. Sue me.
Tomorrow we return to the horror genre with SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS Here’s my list so far
31st October, Day 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
1st November, Day 2: Rocky IV
2nd November, Day 3: Edward Scissorhands
3rd November, Day 4: Trading Places
4th November, Day 5: Batman Returns
5th November, Day 6: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6th November, Day 7: Gremlins
7th November, Day 8: Eyes Wide Shut
8th November, Day 9: Love Actually
9th November, Day 10: Lethal Weapon
10th November, Day 11: Die Hard / Die Hard 2
11th November, Day 12: About A Boy
12th November, Day 13: Trapped In Paradise
13th November, Day 14: Reindeer Games
14th November, Day 15: Joyeux Noel
15th November, Day 16: Nativity / Nativity 2 / Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?
16th November, Day 17: Jack Frost
17th November, Day 18: Jack Frost
18th November, Day 19: Arthur Christmas
19th November, Day 20: The Santa Clause / The Santa Clause 2 / The Santa Clause 3
20th November, Day 21: Miracle On 34th Street
21st November, Day 22: Miracle On 34th Street
22nd November, Day 23: Scrooged
23rd November, Day 24: Scrooge
24th November, Day 25: The Muppets Christmas Carol
25th November, Day 26: Elf
26th November, Day 27: Home Alone / Home Alone 2
27th November, Day 28: The Grinch
28th November, Day 29: Black Christmas
29th November, Day 30: Jingle All The Way
30th November, Day 31: Rare Exports
1st December, Day 32: Polar Express
2nd December, Day 33: A Christmas Story
3rd December, Day 34: Bad Santa
4th December, Day 35: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
5th December, Day 36: Santa Claus: The Movie
6th December, Day 37: Krampus
7th December, Day 38: Christmas With The Kranks
8th December, Day 39: White Christmas
9th December, Day 40: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
10th December, Day 41: Christmas With The Coopers
11th December, Day 42: Fred Claus
12th December, Day 43: Santa’s Little Helper
13th December, Day 44: Santa With Muscles
14th December, Day 45: Santa’s Slay
15th December, Day 46: Four Christmases
16th December, Day 47: A Christmas Horror Story
17th December, Day 48: The Family Man