The Man Movie Review
A movie that isn't nearly as bad as it looked but is still worth avoiding if possible, "The Man" stars the unlikely duo of Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy in this buddy cop venture that offers nothing new.
Levy plays an overly nice and sheltered dentistry salesman from Wisconsin (because apparently everyone is overly nice and sheltered in Wisconsin) who comes to the big city for a conference, ends up getting mistaken for a robber, and is apprehended by an ATF agent (Jackson) who is looking to bring down a gang. As you might expect, the two are first at odds with one another but slowly develop a working relationship and friendship as they conspire to bring down the bad guys.
The truth is, this kind of movie has been done a hundred times before and a hundred times better. The buddy cop formula is tired; the jokes are reused and the action lame. Hell, the funniest running joke in the movie is a Eugene Levy farting problem.
At the same time, like most buddy cop movies, the film is watchable, if only slightly. There are a few funny moments, and, at only 90 minutes, "The Man" is relatively painless. Levy and Jackson play well off one another, even if the relationship is rather forced. Jackson has played this same character so many times before and is capable of so much more, while Levy knows what he's good at and sticks with it.
"The Man" has its moments, but otherwise is a recycled buddy cop movie with little to offer.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.