The Extra Man

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Released 2010

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Director:
Robert Pulcini , Shari Springer Berman
Released:
2010
Rating:
R
THE EXTRA MAN follows Louis Ives (Paul Dano), a lonely dreamer who fancies himself the hero of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. When a deeply embarrassing incident forces him to leave his job at an exclusive Princeton prep school, Louis heads to New York City to make a fresh start. He quickly finds a 9 to 5 job at an environmental magazine, where he encounters an entrancing, green-obsessed co-worker Mary (Katie Holmes). He rents a room in the ramshackle apartment of Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), a penniless, wildly eccentric failed playwright. When Henry's not dancing alone to obscure music or singing operettas, he's performing – with great panache -- the duties of an "extra man," a social escort for the wealthy widows of Manhattan high society. The two men develop a volatile mentorship, which leads to a series of urban adventures -- encountering everything from a leaping lion to a wildly jealous hirsute neighbor to drunken nonagenarians to a shady Swiss hunchback.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The Extra Man" isn't in the same league as Pulcini and Berman's landmark "American Splendor" with Paul Giamatti as the late Harvey Pekar, but it has its moments - especially in its...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Although too devoted to matters literary, theatrical, operatic and sexually outre to make it with general audiences, this adaptation of Jonathan Ames' novel exudes the sort of smar...

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    For all its flighty charms, The Extra Man never really lands. It hovers like a hummingbird madly beating its wings to stay aloft.

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