A Family Man: Valiant Movie About the Importance of "Family"

Posted 08/08/2017 2285

"A Family Man" is a quiet tale about family morals directed by Mark Williams (his first film ever.) Before renaming it simplistically - it was titled 'The Headhunters Calling' - when debuted at the Toronto Film Festival.

The refreshed, basic title provides more insight into what "A Family Man" is about. It is moreso about family than about the lead character, Dane Jensen (who happens to be a head hunter), played by Gerard Butler, "The Ugly Truth", "P.S. I Love You" and the "Bounty Hunter."

As head hunter's do, Dane nails deals like a boss - while he bullies his boss played by William Dafoe, Ed. Ed is forced into retiring and Dane is up for the position, but under the terms that he shows himself to outperform another head hunter that works with him, (Alison Brie) Lynn Vogel.

But then his life is turned upside down as his son gets the diagnosis of leukemia - and Dane has to juggle both or choose one or the other. 

"A Family Man" boasts the same morals and plot-line that we have all seen to often without really adding any new light to the same-ole, story. It is not a horrible film at all, but not extraordinary.

(Gretchen Mol) Elise is Dane's wife who always comes up as low on his list of priorities and who plays second fiddle to his job. He even Holiday events and disappoints the kids regularly always making false promises and putting work first.

One of the clients that Dane works for named Lou is unmarketable for his age (in his latter 50's) is one of the main supporters for helping Dane find his way through the abyss of his life in turmoil. But as his son's health takes a turn for the worst - Jensen is then taken into the thralls of heartbreak as he is struck with something that alters the way he thinks, prioritizes and manages his career and family.

There are some aggravating moments in this film that make you think that Dane is never going to come around. The dynamics of the transformation of the character itself makes "A Family Man" a very good movie to watch - although it is lack-luster in uniqueness and storyline.

By the end of the film Jensen evolves from an arrogant, abrasive, over-bearing deal-closer for his company and realizes that he is a good-provider, but not so much "The Family Man" - that he could have or should have been.

The cast does a fantastic job at portraying the different characters who all have key roles in helping Dane Jensen to notice and choose the important things in life rather than chasing after the things that in the end are not as important as "Family"

Family is where the heart is, and this is what the whole send-off message that "A Family Man" pulls off seamlessly.

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