DVD Review by David BlackwelL
DETAILS: 116 minutes, two featurettes
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English, french, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
STUDIO: Universal/ Morgan Creek
RELEASE DATE: 2-20-2007
MAN OF THE YEAR is the type of movie that brings a smile to your face. Robin Williams plays Tom Dobbs- a comedian (who
hosts a political satire talk show) that decides to run for President and somehow wins due to a glitch in the computer voting
booths. Karen Hines plays one of his staff and it makes me wonder if Ken Finkleman could have done MAN OF THE YEAR better.
Ken is great with satire or dark comedy when it comes to his series THE NEWSROOM (which Karen Hines was part the cast). Barry
Levinson does great here as a writer/director of MAN OF THE YEAR, but it brings me back to what if Ken could have done it
better. Yet MAN OF THE YEAR show through Tom Dobbs what is wrong with the USA political system. Levinson nails it. Then you
have Jeff Goldbulm part of the company who make the defective computer voting machines. They decide to ignore the problem
and will do anything to have it stay buried to keep the company afloat. That brings me to Christopher Walken (as Tom Dobbs'
manager) who shines in about any film he is in. The manager (and Dobbs' staff) does have a point that peolpe want to listen
to Dobbs when he isn't serious and that is how MAN OF THE YEAR attacks by entertaining you at the same time.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Two featurettes are on the disc.
COMMANDER IN CHEIF is a talking heads/ behind-the-scenes promo fluff while ROBIN WILLIAMS: STAND UP GUY shows some of his
improv he did during various takes while shooting MAN OF THE YEAR. I rather had a section of deleted scenes showing the improv
that didn't make it into the final film.
FINAL ANALYSIS: MAN OF THE YEAR's satire points out too well how American politics have gone wrong. see it now.
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