MAN OF THE YEAR: INTERVIEW: ROBIN WILLIAMS & Barry Levinson
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MSNBC HARDBALL INTERVIEW: ROBIN WILLIAMS & Writer-director Barry Levinson
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Man of the Year wants to be both a political comedy and a political thriller, but it fails to work as either. It's not funny or insightful enough as a satire, and the thriller subplot is generic and lame. For a computer whiz, Eleanor never thinks of simply posting her findings on the Internet and letting bloggers and Web sleuths do the rest. She never even needed to go on the run. The entire glitch storyline suggests that Levinson wants to knock technology that he doesn't appear to understand.

The film's romantic subplot also falls flat. Williams and Linney have decent chemistry together, but their lonely hearts coupling is never quite believable. Linney also seems a few years too old to play such a callow character. She has one powerful scene where she appears to be losing her mind, but comes across awkward and lost for most of the film.

Williams only fares slightly better. His manic comic ravings are hit-and-miss, and that unbridled energy doesn't fit with his job as a late night TV talk show host. Those guys are sarcastic and measured; Dobbs is too hyper to be akin to Jon Stewart or Bill Maher. Even his political comments aren't all that insightful or risque; they're just slightly spicier versions of familiar issues and talking points. One hears more daring and biting statements on any given episode of The Daily Show or Real Time with Bill Maher.

Supporting players get a few moments to shine, namely Christopher Walken as Dobbs' manager (in a role that screams for Rip Torn), Lewis Black as Dobbs' head writer and Jeff Goldblum as the sleazy lawyer for the evil corporation.

The biggest problem with Man of the Year is that, like a weak political candidate, it's all talk and lacks the courage of its convictions. It loses its nerve right at the moments where it should be provocative and original. It's sadly ironic that a movie about an outsider trying to shake up the system should end up playing it so safe.
http://movies.ign.com/articles/738/738277p1.html

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Abandon hope all ye who enter the voting booth
October 11, 2006 8:25 AM | Rant | 38 Comments .
By DOUG THOMPSON
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