In the 90’s Nicolas Cage was at the top of his game. High grosses and high paychecks made Mr. Cage one of the top draws. He broke out of his action movie milieu and decided to give lighthearted comedy his touch of Cageisms. On December 22nd in the year 2000 of our lord with the help of the much-maligned Brett Ratner, the motion picture The Family Man was released.
A movie with touch of Frank Capra with a dash of Chuck Dickens comes the story of Jack Campbell. Jack is a very successful businessman living the good life. Shagging broads, driving expensive cars and spouting the gospel of money, Jack Campbell has it all or so he thought. While buying some Egg Nog from a blatantly cartoonish Asian convenient store owner, Jack by way of conversation dissuade a gun wielding robber (Don Cheadle) from making the biggest mistake of his life. In return this mystery man trick Jack into receiving a special gift. A glimpse into what his life could have been if he didn’t leave his then girlfriend Kate (Tea Leoni) for greener pastures.
The next day he awakes from his slumber to see he was no longer Jack Campbell businessman but Jack Campbell husband and father of two. He's married to Kate, lives in Jersey. No longer the president of P. K. Lassiter Investment House but a tire salesman at Big Ed's. No longer drives a Ferrari but a mini-van. As time goes by, day-by-day he's more confident in his new life and starts to see what his life could have been. Spoiler Alert but he realizes that money isn’t everything. Family is the only thing.
Despite all its clichés and moments of Cage over doing it (mumbo jumbo) this has always been one of my favorite films to watch over the holidays. I make it a point to watch it with my friend Jason Mcfiggins.(http://youreabird-imabird.blogspot.com/) That is until he ditched me and watched it with his girlfriend. Damn Obama! Anyways! Yeah its one of those weird movies I can quote verbatim and still get a little dusty while watching. Some fun performances from Jeremy Piven, Saul Rubinek and Josef Sommer make this a much watch at during the holiday season. Which is funny cause I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. Go back and relive a time when Nicolas Cage was demanding your attention for his entertaining movies and not for being a has been B movie actor struggling to get his movie on 2000 screens. And remember Nicolas Cage always wants his cake.
- Chris Tanski
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