The Man is a 2005 comedy starring Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy, it’s directed by Les Mayfield and was originally to be entitled “El Maninator”. Like others before it, this film is another “buddy cop” film; nowadays any film that comes under that category will always be subject to comparison to such films as “Lethal Weapon” and “48 Hours”. Unfortunately The Man didn’t even make it to the cinema, and was a straight-to-DVD flop, which earned Eugene Levy a nomination for worst actor at the 2005 Razzie awards.
Andy Fidler (Eugene Levy) has a cheery outlook on life. Even a less than exciting job selling dental products can’t wipe the smile from his face. But when he winds up in Detroit for a dental convention and is wrongly identified as an arms dealer, his smile is in danger of disappearing for good. Tough-as-nails cop Derrick Vann (Samuel L. Jackson) has set up an operation to catch the gang whom run with the villain, Fidler has been mistaken for. Eager to find him after the group of gun runners put a permanent end to his partner’s career, Vann concocts a screwball scheme in which Fidler will impersonate the crook he resembles, while also trying to shake the Internal Affairs agents who are closely trailing him.
I thought that The Man was a mediocre comedy; it raised a few laughs but was unfortunately nothing special. If anything Samuel L. Jackson does salvage the film and is very amusing by mocking characters he’s famous for playing such as “Jules” from Pulp Fiction. Eugene Levy does raise a smile, but not much more than that. It is not often I want to just switch something off when writing my film reviews, but this was one of those cases. If I have to be very honest, The Man just gets annoying after a little while.