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Man of the Year

200px-Man_of_The_Year_(2006_film).jpgLast night we watched Man of the Year (2006,PG-13) (ScreenIt! Review). From Wikipedia:

Man of the Year is a political comedy movie directed by Barry Levinson and featuring Robin Williams in the lead role. In addition to Williams, the film features Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Lewis Black and Jeff Goldblum.

In the film, Williams portrays Tom Dobbs, the host of a comedy/political talk show, based loosely on the real-life personas of Jon Stewart and Bill Maher. With an offhand remark, he prompts 4 million people to e-mail their support, then he decides to campaign for President. To nearly everyone's surprise, he is declared winner of the election.

I really liked the scene where the film explores what would happen if a presidential candidate refused to behave during a debate. Robin Williams, of course, had a bunch of funny one-liners. Otherwise, I thought it fell pretty flat. It should have skipped the suspenseful plot and played further with Dobbs' presidency.

I give it 3 out of 5.


I enjoyed the movie. Robin Williams did a good job by not overplaying the part, as he has been known to do.

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