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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Tommy Lee Jones
Cedric The Entertainer
Kelli Garner
Christina Milian
Vanessa Ferlito.
Directors
Stephen Herek.
Screenwriters
Robert Ramsay
Matthew Stone
John J McLoughlin.
Running Time
100 minutes

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Man Of The House
Tommy Lee Jones is assigned to protect cheerleader witnesses. Well, someone's gotta do it


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Plot
After a witness against a powerful crimelord is murdered, the only leads in the case are five cheerleaders who saw the shooter. To protect them until the authorities can find the man responsible, hardbitten Texas Ranger Roland Sharp (Jones) moves in with


Review
Early on in this film, we see Tommy Lee Jones insert his hand into a cow's arse to retrieve a mobile phone. Jones up to his elbow in bullshit? It's an appropriate image, given the rest of the movie.

The plot is merely an excuse for the craggy one to do his patented humourless hard-man act opposite five hot young things, so no effort is made to tie up a story with more loose ends than a pom-pom.

Characters come and go with immense predictability but little purpose, while the film spends most of its time firmly focused on the cheerleaders' exposed midriffs.

There's no sense of danger from the supposedly ruthless killer, which must explain why Sharp's investigation has no sense of urgency. While he abandons his wounded partner and makes inept efforts to protect his charges, his distant relationship with his teenage daughter and blossoming romance with Anne Archer's lecturer barely make an impact.

There are some amusing moments and some good performances despite the poor material, but it's not enough. And Hollywood, take note: no film should ever include the sight of Tommy Lee Jones with a hair trimmer up his nose.


Verdict
Anyone who's ever built a shrine to Tommy Lee Jones may enjoy this - but it would take several troops of cheerleaders to muster up enthusiasm from anyone else.


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