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The Extra Man

  R HD Closed Captioning

Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini

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Plot Summary

Louis Ives (Paul Dano) heads to New York City following an embarrassing incident that forces him to leave his job. He rents a room in the apartment of Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), a penniless, wildly eccentric playwright, and accepts a position with an environmental magazine, where he encounters green-obsessed Mary (Katie Holmes). But it's Louis' new home life with Henry that really sparks his imagination. Developing a mentor/apprentice relationship, Henry exposes Louis to the duties of an "extra man," a social escort for wealthy society widows.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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42%
  • Reviews Counted: 69
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 40
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: For all its flighty charms, The Extra Man never really lands. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 30, 2010

Fresh: Adapted from the Jonathan Ames novel, the film is too precious around the edges, but it gets somewhere. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Aug 6, 2010

Fresh: It's relentlessly unwacky and even quietly subversive. – Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Jul 30, 2010

Rotten: Darlings, there's nothing quite so tragique as a boring eccentric. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Jul 30, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Fun little movie of eccentricity

Kevin Kline is amazing as an eccentric NYC social character. His bravado in his voice during certain scenes combined with the clever dialogue kept me laughing out loud. The rest of the cast was great as well. An interesting and fun little movie. Makes you want to meet people like this in real life and spend time with them just to experience it.

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