Maybe it’s because I expected junk, but I didn’t hate “Man of the House.” Sure, it’s typical, and routine, and bubbly, and that should equal a bad review, but I didn’t have a miserable time. I admittedly had fun, because “Man of the House” in spite of its many faults, was a fun movie. It’s like a carnival ride, fun and then forgotten. And it helps that the film has some really sexy girls in it. Five. You can make the argument that I liked this because of the girls, and you’d be partially right, but I also had fun thanks to Tommy Lee Jones, who lends the film a really welcome comedic bent.
Jones plays a sheriff who is on the track of informants to help put away a mob boss. After a key informant is killed, the murder is witnessed by five cheerleaders whom shockingly scream yet aren’t given away, and we’re not sure why a murder would be done behind a building where a big pep rally is taking place instead of, say, oh a dockyard, or warehouse. Jones’ character must interview the girls and now that they can put away the murderer, must go under his protection. They’re not put away in a safe house, because that wouldn’t be funny, instead Jones and his team set up camp at the girls’ dorm house and Jones begins to act like a surrogate den father for them, considering these dorms usually have den mothers, and no one asks his identity.
Within the first twenty minutes we’re introduced to the cheerleaders. Christina Milian, Paula Garces, Monica Keena, Kelli Garner, and Vanessa Ferlito to be exact, all looking damn scrumptious. But Keena is easily my favorite of the group. When she shows up with a blue tube top, I nearly wept. Though Garner is neck and neck in the pure sex appeal department. But then Garces–I can go on forever, folks. I’ll move on. Fact is, the whole movie is centered on these hot girls. And it worked. The writers surprisingly try to add depth to a few of the girls, and though they’re gorgeous, they also manage to be charming and likable. Jones displays a knack for deadpan comedy. Jones is pretty funny especially when confronting the girls and stopping them at their games.
He finds ways to keep them from dressing skimpy, in a very funny scene he handcuffs them from going out, and to keep the viewers from thinking wrong, he gains an interest in Anne Archer’s character, and his plot with Garner is quickly de-routed. As a simple passive experience I had some fun, I won’t deny it. Garner is given the most plot emphasis with her adorable infatuation with Jones’s character. Though we’re dragged through the doldrums of this kind of mismatched comedy formula, it still succeeds in drawing laughter. Jones hates the girls, the girls hate him, Jones helps the girls, the girls help him, Jones takes a liking to them becoming their father figure, they help him with his life, etc.
Sadly, Cedric the Entertainer lends nothing to the movie, further proves that he’s not as funny as he thinks he is, and I’m not entirely sure if he thinks he is which would account for his really boring supporting character who really only appears three times throughout the film, and proceeds to drop flat jokes on every such occasion. Which also would account for the the jokes which are mostly misses with Cedric the Entertainer failing to spark any laughter, especially in his dance off with the cheerleaders which was pretty damn predictable and cheesy as hell. “Man of the House” knows what audience they’re appealing to creating something of a testosterone laced comedy with Jones leading the charge with a supporting cast of insanely sexy young actresses. In spite of that obvious element, “Man of the House” is a guilty pleasure and one I had a very good time with.