The Ladies Man (2000 film)
|The Ladies Man|
|Directed by||Reginald Hudlin|
|Produced by||Lorne Michaels|
|Written by||Tim Meadows
Billy Dee Williams
|Music by||Marcus Miller|
|Cinematography||Johnny E. Jensen|
|Edited by||Earl Watson|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|October 13, 2000|
The Ladies Man is a 2000 American comedy film that stars actor, comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Tim Meadows. It was directed by Reginald Hudlin. The movie focuses on the exploits of radio host and sex therapy expert Leon Phelps.
Leon Phelps (the "Ladies Man") was a Saturday Night Live character played by Tim Meadows during the 1990s. The sketch was that of a broadcast program in which Phelps, a young, suave black man, would give dubious romantic advice and lovemaking tips. The Ladies Man openly proclaimed that he would court any woman at all including skanks, providing the woman weighs no more than 250 pounds. A night of romance would generally center around a bottle of Courvoisier.
After finally going too far during a broadcast, Leon is fired, but he receives a note from one of his former flames who wants him to come back to her—and is willing to support him in high style. This sounds just fine with Leon, except that the woman didn't sign her name, and now Leon has to backtrack through his numerous conquests of the past and figure out who wants him to work his love magic. Meanwhile, a secret group called the Victims of the Smiling Ass (V.S.A. for short), consisting of the angry husbands and boyfriends who've been cuckolded by Leon, have discovered Leon as their target and are now hot on his trail, eager to get revenge.
- Tim Meadows as Leon Phelps
- Karyn Parsons as Julie Simmons
- Billy Dee Williams as Lester
- John Witherspoon as Scrap Iron
- Jill Talley as Candy
- Lee Evans as Barney
- Will Ferrell as Lance DeLune
- Tiffani Thiessen as Honey DeLune
- Sofia Milos as Cheryl
- Eugene Levy as Bucky Kent
- David Huband as Frank
- Julianne Moore as Audrey/"Bloopy"
The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making US$5.4 million in its opening weekend.
The film was heavily panned by critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 11% based on reviews from 72 critics, with the average score of 3.2 out of 10. The critical consensus reads, "The Ladies Man joins the growing list of mediocre movies based on SNL skits. It just doesn't have enough material to last the length of the movie."