Yes, almost the whole story – including the hero’s life lesson at the end – is in the trailer. Or maybe it’s a short film, not a trailer at all. Still at least it means it’ll be impossible for me to accidentally spoiler as THEY’VE ALREADY DONE IT.
A Family Man is a drama starring Gerard Butler, who I am hoping is playing someone slightly Scottish. (I’ve said this before but why not let him just be Scottish in his films, nine times out of 10 it makes zero difference to the plot if he happens to be a Scotsman working in America somewhere.)
Butler plays Dane Jensen, a super-dedicated headhunter. He’s married to his work, and also to Gretchen Mol. Only he doesn’t spend much time with poor old Gretchen, by the looks of things just enough to get her up the duff three times. (If I was married to Gerard Butler I wouldn’t let him leave the house AT ALL, he’d have to work from home all the time, naked, except when he was on a video conference call when I’d let him put on that leather loincloth he wore in 300).
In the office he’s battling his colleague Alison Brie to become the new head of the company when the boss retires (I am well known for mixing up actors and actresses who look alike / sound alike / have similar names / for no reason whatsoever. And I am convinced there is a very popular actress called Alison Brie Larson).
Anyway while Dane is working all hours to “win” the company, one of his children develops cancer, and our headhunter finally has to start taking home life seriously.
It looks quite cliched but Butler is pretty charismatic from what I’ve seen – plus it’s got some excellent supporting actors including Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina. The trailer did make me well up a bit but I am renowned for crying at most things in films especially involving children or kittens (there are no kittens in this trailer though. God I’d have been a soggy mess on the floor if it had had children and kittens and Gerard Butler in it).
The original title when the movie premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was The Headhunter’s Calling, and I wish they’d left it at that as I love a good/bad pun in a film title.
Check out the trailer for A Family Man below.