Aniston keeps it real, her best performance ever (by ldafin)
The movie was completely different from what I thought it would be. And I was in for a sweet surprise. I thought it would be a bad movie. I was wrong. Jennifer Aniston was pure genius. This girl can act. Bravo ! Keeping up with her very well were also Steve Zahn and Woody Harelson. Aniston was so much better than her last couple of movies, her character has life, depth, versatility. I think this is my favorite of her performances ever. And the movie is so simple but it has so much life in it ! No superheroes or not even heroes, just simple people with simple feelings. I'd take that every <more>
day. Overall heartwarming and feel good. I recommend wholeheartedly.
--Rama's SCREEN--MANAGEMENT is complimentary delight. A sweet dramedy about love and insecurities. Let yourself be taken by Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn and their imperfect yet harmonious chemistry. Woody Harrelson is a comic genius. It's an endearing story about taking chance on love no matter how scary the uncertainties can be. Spontaneous and heartwarming, enjoy the hospitality courtesy of MANAGEMENT.I love the story that writer/director Stephen Belber has crafted. I like how he takes his time in developing the characters, getting us to familiarize ourselves and connect with <more>
and understand the motivation behind their decisions. You notice the changes that happen within the span of time from the first meeting, to the conflict in the basement all the way to butt-grabbing conclusion. The characters don't stay the same throughout the entire thing, they go through interesting life changing journeys, one after another.. nothing far-fetched.. a bit silly maybe but still within our reason. Yes it's a comedy but it also has some very touching and sad dramatic elements and not in a way that would you put to sleep or plain tear jerkers. It's well thought out with the intention of making us re-think why anybody would wanna get in a relationship in the first place anyway, is it for love or for security?! What a great blend of comedy and drama I might add. It's the type of humor that would break you and get you to chuckle or at least smile even when you try not to. It's a cute little movie.Jennifer Aniston gives the best performance of her career as Sue, a successful corporate type woman who, during one of her business trips, encounters Mike, played by Steve Zahn who's still stuck doing family business, living a life that's going nowhere but once he catches a glimpse at Sue, he knows that he would have to risk everything to be with her. Steve Zahn is the type of actor who may not be an Oscar caliber yet, possibly because of his goofy presence, he does have the talent and the heart to get the job done. He'll challenge himself and give his all for the story that he strongly believes in.Sue, despite occasional interest in taking risks and having fun a little, is the kind of woman who likes to play it safe. She goes out to feed the homeless and do all kinds of charity work while juggling a successful career at the same time but she figures she wouldn't be able to do all that if there's no financial backup to support that certain lifestyle. The themes get even more relevant in this day and age where economy is in the craphole. Is it wise to just take a leap into unconditional love with your eyes closed?!I think what Belber's trying to emphasize that it can be a struggle being with somebody that you love that loves you back but at least you're truly happy instead of pretending to be. It's also some sort of a stereotypical study on woman and man. Some women tend to mature faster and is very selective when choosing a life partner. Some men still like being a kid, just like Mike who doesn't have much vocabulary in his head, resulting in hasty behavior such as flying thousands of miles away, willing to go broke, just to see if she feels the same way. But what's interesting is Sue's other option is a rich man but also an immature kid. An ex punk rocker named Jango, brilliant played by Woody Harrelson who has the most perfect comedic timing, one of the best actors of our time. Being with Jango proves that Sue has a type after all, she keeps finding herself with the same type of guy. She's scared to give in to love that doesn't have money on the side while Mike isn't sacred to chase after love but he first needs to get out of the life that's been holding him back all these years. They're both taking a chance on each other. What comes after is an adventure they're going to have to figure out together.--Rama's SCREEN--
I never seen like this before!This movie is like "Little Miss Sunshine"and"Along came Polly"in one.Zahn ?! falls Aniston,in his parents motel,where he just only a worker.Aniston is a transit passenger,she sleep in this motel one night,but this night is enough for Zahn to falls her!When she leaves,Zahn started his big journey to find and bring her back...The acting is very well,Steve Zahn is great!!! I never seen better from him!!Aniston is Aniston she brings the same,like Marley and me or Along came Polly.This film deserves a better actress in a leading role.So,that's <more>
a great fun for everyone who like romcom with a little drama,good music and great acting,but I propose to everyone:SEE IT AND FEEL IT!!!!
Sure if someone has hot as Jennifer Aniston were to offer you to touch their butt, I'm sure almost every male out there would jump at the chance of doing so without thinking twice. It's a no brainer offer, and a teaser of course to a larger, more sentimental story out there about the relentless pursuit of love, the romanticism attached to wanting to be with someone, without being consciously bogged by the harsh realities of life and survival. With affairs of the heart, to me at least it's a seizing of opportunities presented, rather than to adopt the wait and see approach.The hook <more>
for the film, written and directed by Stephen Belber, is of course that much talked about scene between Aniston and Steve Zahn, the former being Sue, an art saleswoman who on a business trip had stayed at a motel, which Zahn's Mike is the night manager of his family's business. Smitten by none other than her buttocks, Mike crafts simple yet really strange excuses just to be close to Sue and talk to her, and the initial scenes which they share in her hotel room, is something that both actors brought out superbly – the awkwardness, the suspicions, and that hopeful look that something good might arise from all of the nonsense.Thus began Mike's obsession with Sue when she allowed him that grace to fulfill a fantasy, and that translated to the borderline of stalking, where he dumps everything, and pursues her across state lines. Turning up at someone's workplace unannounced can have a very chilling effect, especially when one is only nothing more than an acquaintance and a one- nighter, to pass time and in an attempt to claw out of loneliness. After all, anything else is better than being holed up in your hotel room playing Solitaire on a computer.Management is pretty much about the idealistic and pragmatic lenses that we wear from time to time in our view of romantic relationships. Here, it's a Mr Idealistic versus Ms Pragmatic in the approach. In Mike, we see someone with a hope of going beyond his comfort zone of his parents' business, in the pursuit of a romance that he only wishes to turn out positively. There's no plan, there's no ulterior motive, there's only the want to be with someone and spend time with her, pure and simple. Heck he doesn't even have enough money to begin with.For Ms Pragmatic, it's all about the plan, where such a situation will lead to, Complications arrive through the introduction of her ex-boyfriend Jango Woody Harrelson , an ex-punk band member who is now an established businessman. This means a nobody Mike is against a somebody Jango, and presents a choice for Sue to choose – the one for that undying romance, or the one who can pay the bills and allow her to continue hiding behind charitable causes to coast through life without spontaneity that the former may bring. It's a matter of love for genuine love of a person, or a love that is a matter of convenience and timing, which in itself is truly sad because you know that there's a compromise, which may not be for the better.The film also went beyond the usual romantic elements, and tried successfully to insert other aspects of relationships such as family Mike's Mom and Dad played by Margo Martindale and Fred Ward respectively , and friends. The role of Al James Hiroyuki Liao as Mike's best friend was curiously interesting as well, as here's an almost mirrored character in having a waiter working in his parents' restaurant business too. Despite being present only in the middle act, Al's role served as comedic fodder, and to catalyze that life changing idea for Mike in learning to let go, but never forgetting.In many ways, the character of Mike had reminded me of a younger self where caution is thrown to the wind with the chasing of skirts, in the same way zoning on that singular tree while forsaking the forest, never mind the issues of incompatibility that loomed in the horizon. Not a very wise move of course on hindsight, but given the intoxicating passionate nature then, I suppose that was that. Naturally between then and now I had realized that there had been irreversible change in our characters probably, and the ones in the past vaguely seem like distant characters who only remotely resemble who they are now.But Management somehow was more hopeful and optimistic in nature, and I suppose that suited the movie just fine, bringing you through the stages of passionate infatuation to love through the power of naive sincerity. With an excellent selection of songs in its soundtrack, Management may just end up as a surprise when I compile my top 10 list for the year. For those who are looking for that little extra in a romantic comedy, then Management may just be that little gem which will set you thinking.
Maybe the kindest strangely awkward film to watch this year (by zouii)
But I liked it. I really did. Maybe it was the fact that human communication is sometimes awkward between strangers. And sometimes, there's something that works in that awkwardness.There's nothing special about this film, except that it might grow on you in ways unexpected. The people seem out of place in their own lives, maybe even in their roles.. but if it all worked out smoothly and everything would be a perfect match - this whole film would lose its point entirely. And it would be like any other romantic comedy you've seen.Somehow it's very real even if some events are <more>
far fetched and the sudden comedy moments here and there seem like crazy slip ups, as if the people making this film had suddenly realized "Hey, weren't we supposed to make a comedy? So let's add some, right now!" But above all, it's kind and heartwarming, a good and unique small film to stumble upon. Without Aniston and Zahn this film would have never had its warmth.
By no means will this be the most successful movie of any given time period, genre, or actor in it, but that has no bearing on the actual content of the film. Jennifer Aniston plays Sue, the equivalent of the modern "frigid bitch". So entrenched with her crappy job a clever statement in and of itself; selling bland corporate art , she has completely forgotten to even search for happiness of fulfillment in her life. Through a business trip she meets an unlikely Steve Zahn, who's the night manager of his parents' motel. He's certainly a man-child at this point, and <more>
through awkward,an uncomfortable dialogue Aniston allows him to feel her butt. Although the action of the scene is seemingly sexual, the tone of it and of the film are completely emotional. What's essential to grasp the film is the sense of desperation these two have, and after each awkward and unsuccessful interaction there's a moment where they both pause, rethink the events, consider facing each other again, and give up only to immediately regret it. None of it's spoken which may confuse some viewers , but it's what drives the romance throughout the film; the fact that, although Aniston's in no way in touch with her emotions and Zahn is not the brightest, there is something alluring there that keeps them in contact and changes them both.I think people sell its subtly short, but if you're willing to think for yourself, you may enjoy it. It has all the quirk and humor one expects from a good indie.
Steve Zahn plays Mike, a night manager at the motel his parents run. Mike is a typical case of arrested development. He has no friends,no girlfriend & potentially no future. All of this changes when an art dealer Jennifer Aniston checks into the motel on a business trip. He falls head over heels in love with her,to the point of stalking her across the country. The mere fact that she is engaged to be married to an ex-punk rocker doesn't sway Mike from his mission. This is a nicely played film about casting off the superficial and moving ahead. Woody Harrelson has some nice,but too <more>
brief screen time as the proto psycho boyfriend. First time director,Steven Belber directs from his own screenplay that mixes comedy & drama with a nice touch of quirkiness, and even manages to toss in a bit of eastern philosophy for good measure. Steve Zahn is a likable chap who just wants from life what everybody else wants. Jennifer Aniston is as usual Jennifer Aniston. This is a hold over film from last year that is just now getting some distribution mainly to art houses . You could do a lot worse than this. Rated 'R' by the MPAA for some salty language & adult situations.
really good film with maybe the worst trailer, ever. (by overpavement)
the trailer led me to believe this would be a 'charming stalker' movie, and that's about it. but the story and characters are deeper and richer than that, their motivations are realized beautifully, and the conclusion, if not real-life, makes sense. remember the ending of 'annie hall' and Woody Allen's explanation for why we create works of art. so, this isn't, y'know, 'rules of the game' or anything, but it's nice to see Jennifer Aniston playing a real, live person, lonely, uptight, scared, and aspiring to be a good person. Steve Zahn has a hard <more>
job, making his character likable and a reasonable facsimile of a guy desperately in love, but without much grounding in why he's stuck on this woman, except it's sort of the closest thing he's got to having a shot, however remote and unattainable. the soundtrack features great songs, well- placed, from the new pornographers, and the supporting cast is really strong. not a Woody Harrelson fan, and he's a bit of a cartoon here, but the script covers him and as unlikely as it seems every step of the way, it works as a journey of two good, lonely people learning to lean on each other and taking risks that have no guarantees. in spite of having lots of opportunities to totally go off the tracks, the filmmakers manage to make it work start to finish.
Management is a surprisingly enjoyable comedy about Mike Steve Zahn , a man who works at his parent's motel. One day, Sue Jennifer Aniston checks in, and Mike brings champagne up to her. When Sue tells Mike he can touch her butt, Mike falls for her, but Sue won't barge. Sue soon enough moves back in with her crazy ex-boyfriend, Jango an excellent Woody Harrelson . Zahn really shows his strongest talent. He is sweet, funny, and natural. He makes it so it's not a crazy stalker film, but a sweet romantic comedy. I'd also like to discuss this R-rating. It has a couple of cuss <more>
words and a sex scene that wasn't even shown. This deserves a PG-13 at best. The movie also features a very funny performance from James Liao as Al, Mike's newest helper. I wasn't expecting anything great. I thought this had a good chance of being mediocre, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a romantic comedy as fun and original as this. The movie is about people in love, and you love watching them. The movie may not be the Hollywood backbone of smart films, but it's good for any Zahn, Harrelson, or Aniston fan. It's a movie that should be fine with anyone who's ever stayed at a motel or for someone who's ever been in love. Really, it's the cast that makes this movie as good as it is.