The Extra Man (2010)



Filed under : comedy, review

“Women outlive men. There’s always room for an extra man.”

- The Extra Man

Recently, I stumbled upon this film. And, I must say – it’s definitely not your typical type of movie. But, in a good way – in a unique way.

Being unique is definitely the word for this film. Let me just say, it’s not a predictable movie at all.

(Note: For those who have seen it, you’ll know what I’m talking about).

This is a very quirky kind of film with quirky type of characters. Kevin Kline (who portrays Henry Harrison), Paul Dano (who portrays Louis, the “extra man), and John C. Reilly (who portrays Gershon, Harrison’s quirky next door neighbor), were all very entertaining and a treat to watch. Just seeing the three together on screen made for a very memorable yet unique kind of film.

Despite all of the quirkiness in the movie, this film definitely had a message. And, that is the message of finding your identity and place in the world. In a way, it’s a type of coming of age film kind of like this one but in a different way – a quirky kind of way.

What I enjoyed about the movie was that there were situations we could all relate to. Though some of these situations were a bit odd in nature, we’ve all been in situations where we’ve felt a bit exposed and/or embarrassed. Or, situations where we are trying to find purpose and our place in this world.

At the heart of the film is a very entertaining yet interesting story. At times, I found myself very amused with some of the scenes and situations presented. Though, at other times – I didn’t know what to think. There were indeed a few weird and odd types of situations thrown in there.

(Note: For those of you have seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Some of the odd scenes were a bit weird and shocking yet kind of comedic).

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. It made me laugh, it surprised me and above all – it entertained me.

If you’re in the mood for a comedic type of film with a bit of meaning, you may want to check this one out – I do recommend it.

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(Note: For those who have seen the movie, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. I was surprised to hear it was based on a book!)

Happy movie watching!

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