Reviewed by: Misty Wagner
|Featuring:||Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, Woody Harrelson, Margo Martindale, Fred Ward, James Liao, Katie O'Grady, Yolanda Suarez, Kevin Heffernan, Don Stewart Burns, Kimberly Howard, Collin Crowley, Gilberto Martin del Campo, Mark Boone Junior, Garfield Wedderburn, Easy Dent, Dominic Fumusa, Tzi Ma, Joan Riordan, Robert Projansky, Jerry Foster, Yuqin Wang|
|Producer:||Image Entertainment, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Temple Hill Entertainment, Jennifer Aniston, Marty Bowen, Jordana Glick-Franzheim, Wyck Godfrey, William Horberg, Sidney Kimmel, Nan Morales, Jim Tauber, Bruce Toll|
|Distributor:||The Samuel Goldwyn Company|
“A touching comedy”
Mike (Steve Zahn) works for his parents at the Kingman Inn in Kingman Arizona. Living on site as night manager, he leads what appears to be a fairly lonely life. Sue (Jennifer Aniston) works for Corporate Bliss, a company responsible for the artwork hanging in motel lobbies and rooms. She, too, seems lonely as she travels cross country giving presentations and passing her evenings playing solitaire on her laptop, with the muted television to keep her company.
From the second Mike first sees Sue, he believes he loves her. His attempts to woo her, though on the verge of stalking, leave Sue bouncing back and forth from disinterested caution to attraction.
What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer
Spoiler alert: As virtual strangers, Mike and Sue have sexual intercourse. While Sue obviously feels this was a one time thing, Mike sees it as the start of their relationship and follows her across the country attempting to force himself into her life.
Intended to be a romantic comedy, “Management” falls pretty short of that goal. As the story unfolds, it’s characters seem to grow less realistic as each minute passes. The entire film is incredibly awkward with a few endearing moments sprinkled within. The cast did relatively well, all things considering. Fans of either Zahn or Aniston may like parts of this movie, but, as a whole, it was pretty disappointing. That being said, there is something there which leads me to feel that this could have been a really good film. I think the intention was for it to be more charming and less clumsy, but obviously something was lost along the way.
Violence: Minor / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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