The Family Man (2000)

Filed under : holiday movies, review

With Christmas coming very soon, I decided to write-up a review on another one of my favorite holiday movies. Feeling a bit nostalgic, I decided to watch and write about The Family Man.

What makes this movie so interesting is that it explores the present as it is today as well as the present as it could have been all at the same time. It challenges us to ask the question, “What if?” In a sense, it gives us a “glimpse” of what could have happened if we made different decisions in the past through the main character, Jack Campbell (played by Nicholas Cage).

Here’s a clip:

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This is a powerful film because we can all relate — we’ve all made decisions in the past that have affected and changed our future. Sometimes we think about these turning points in our lives and wonder how things might have turned out had we chose differently.

(Note: For those of you who have seen it, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Every time I see this picture I get a little bit nostalgic and wonder about the decisions I made in the past and how they’ve affected my life.)

Another clip with a powerful message (spoiler alert!):

(Note: Don’t watch this clip if you haven’t seen the film. Trust me, it will make the movie all the better if you decide to see it. Thanks for reading!)

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I have to admit, when I first saw this movie I thought it might be a lot like this one. But, I was wrong. To my surprise, it was different and showed a new way of looking at the time continuum.

(Note: Personally, I do enjoy films that go back and forth between time. Though to some it may be a bit confusing, I think these kinds of pictures are interesting when put together properly to make the story come together.)

At it’s core, this movie is about second chances — it’s about having the ability to change the future in pursuit of one’s true happiness. Sometimes we do not know what we have missed in life until we experience it ourselves. And, when we do — it changes our lives forever.

If you’re in the mood for a good and heartfelt holiday movie, you definitely should check this one out.

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Merry Christmas!

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2 Responses to “The Family Man (2000)”

  1. ruth says:

    This is definitely one of Nic Cage’s best roles. Great choice for the holidays as it’s got a wonderful message about life and family.

    • filmgurl says:

      Great to hear you feel the same Ruth! I really enjoy these holiday picks where they explore the past as well as the present and the future. Nice to hear from you! :)

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