Do you remember the early 1990's? The time when Tommy Lee Jones was in good movies? The time when he didn't just make fun of the characters he used to play? Sure, Jones is excellent at playing a cop with a stick up his ass, but enough is enough already! If you want to play a cop with a stick up your ass, don't do it in a lame comedy with a lame plot and lame jokes! Didn't you win an Academy Award?
"Man of the House" is the latest lackluster film starring Jones, about a federal agent who has to protect a group of Texas A&M cheerleaders after they witness a murder. Even though killers are after them, they are more concerned about typical girl things like the hottie ratings of convicts in the state of Texas and what face moisturizer to use. The plot works because all cheerleaders are stupid and care about nothing more than how they look. That's why they're cheerleaders. In university. Wait a minute...
By the end of the movie, you won't feel like giving yourself a lobotomy, but you will feel like drinking yourself to sleep. Sure, the girls are nice to look at, but let's face it - audiences aren't that shallow, usually. Eye candy can only serve its purpose for so long; it works much better with a real plot and perhaps an R-rating. Yes, "Man of the House" is PG-13 and it shows.
Cedric the Entertainer also has a role in the film. Did I mention how much I hate Cedric the Entertainer?
"Man of the House" isn't worth your time. Most of the jokes fall flat, and it's sadder than anything else to watch Tommy Lee Jones waste away his career. I'd rather watch "Bring it On 2" before seeing even a moment of this one.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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