The Extra Man

Title: The Extra Man
Year: 2010
Length: 105 minutes
Directors: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini
Writers: Robert Pulcini, Jonathan Ames & Shari Springer Berman, based on the novel by Ames
Starring: Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly
Music: Klaus Badelt (and non-original music)

My reaction
Synopsis: an eccentric old man takes in a lodger
How I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Concept: Good.
Story: Bad.
Characters: Good. Kevin Kline’s character is about as good as they come, but the other characters are all boring.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Bad. There is (what seems like) a very long stretch where the character who is the only reason for this movie to exist isn’t even in it.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Good.
Music: Bad.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). Sometimes it seems to think of itself as more than just silly characters acting silly, which is very strange considering how silly it is (or, at least, how silly it is when it resigns itself to being silly).  Anyways, Kevin Kline shouting ridiculous things: great.  Paul Dano trying to discover himself: boring.
Objective Rating: 2.5/4 (Okay).


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