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Federal Agent Derrick Vann walks the walk, while affable dental supply salesman Andy Fidler talks and talks. A case of mistaken identity forces the mismatched duo to team up and sets off an intense and hilarious adventure as they speed through the streets of Detroit to pull off a sting operation and solve the murder of Vann’s former partner. Along the way, they uncover much more than they could have ever anticipated.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average The Man isn't great entertainment, but it contains enough laughter-provoking material to make it worth a look - although home video is probably the best bet, since the pointless plot development scenes can then be conveniently fast forwarded through.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average The inescapable fact about 'The Man' is that this movie is completely unnecessary. Nobody needed to make it, nobody needs to see it, Jackson and Levy are too successful to waste time with it. It plays less like a film than like a deal.
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We collected 109 moviegoer opinions. These are some great opinions from all ages and both genders. With approximately three-quarters rating "The Man" "Very Good" to "Fantastic" and nearly all of the remaining opinions being no lower than "Good," "The Man" is a movie I can certainly recommend to everyone.
A Federal Agent turns up dead on the mean streets of Detroit. When it's learned that the Agent was 'on the take' in a multi-million dollar arms heist, all eyes turn toward his partner, Derrick Vann (Samuel L. Jackson) a hardcore undercover Federal Agent known for his untrusting, street-wise style. Vann's given 24 hours to recover the stolen arms and find the cop killers, but he's about to stumble upon an unlikely ally...Enter Andy Fiddler (Eugene Levy) an affable dental supply salesman in town for a two-day convention. When the bad guys mistake Andy to be the buyer in a stolen arms deal, Vann is forced to utilize the talkative salesman as 'the face' of his sting operation. With the clock ticking, this unlikely duo speed through the streets of Detroit in an intense and hilarious adventure that uncovers much more than they could have ever anticipated.