A Family Man
|A Family Man|
|Directed by||Mark Williams|
|Written by||Bill Dubuque|
|Music by||Mark Isham|
|Edited by||Thom Noble|
Zero Gravity Management
|Distributed by||Vertical Entertainment|
A Family Man (previous title The Headhunter's Calling) is a 2016 American drama film directed by Mark Williams, in his directorial debut, and written by Bill Dubuque. The film tells the story of Dane Jensen, a Corporate Recruiter from Chicago, who must balance his career aspirations and his increasingly complex family life. The film stars Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe, Anupam Kher, Alfred Molina, Alison Brie, and Gretchen Mol. Principal photography began on October 26, 2015 in Toronto. It screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler) is a successful Chicago-based corporate headhunter who works at the Blackridge Recruitment agency. His life revolves around closing deals in a survival-of-the-fittest boiler room. As the film opens Jensen is shown to be focused on his job, but he also tries to be a family man. His boss Ed Blackridge (Willem Dafoe) is offering Jensen a promotion that will lead to Jensen controlling the company. In order to secure the promotion, he must beat his ambitious rival Lynn Wilson's (Alison Brie) numbers. Jensen's focus on the job becomes a detriment to his family. His wife Elise (Gretchen Mol) asks for more of his time with the family.
Jensen tries to spend some quality time with his oldest child Ryan (Maxwell Jenkins), to prepare Ryan for the adult world. Jensen finds Ryan on the verge of childhood obesity and takes him jogging in the morning. Jensen notices that his son is constantly complaining of tiredness and has bruises. Jensen works harder and spends more time at the office to try to get the promotion, but it does not sit right with Elise. She asks him to prioritize. Ryan is later diagnosed with cancer, which shocks Jensen. He spends more time with his son, which causes his numbers — a prerequisite of the promotion — to drop. Meanwhile, Lynn takes the opportunity to tap into his clients and scores. The film culminates with Ryan falling into a coma before getting better, and Jensen losing his job at Ed's firm, due to not making profit. The strict Ed releases Jensen from his non-compete agreement. Jensen starts his own company and is also invested with his family.
- Gerard Butler as Dane Jensen, Elise's husband and Lauren and Ryan's father
- Gretchen Mol as Elise Jensen, Dane's wife and Lauren and Ryan's mother
- Alison Brie as Lynn Wilson, Dane's rival
- Anupam Kher as Dr. Savraj Singh
- Willem Dafoe as Ed Blackridge, Dane's boss
- Alfred Molina as Lou Wheeler
- Dustin Milligan as Sumner Firestone
- Maxwell Jenkins as Ryan Jensen, Dane and Elise's son and Lauren's brother
- Julia Butters as Lauren Jensen, Dane and Elise's daughter and Ryan's sister
- Mimi Kuzyk as Bernadine
- Dwayne Murphy as Antoine, Ryan's nurse
- Kathleen Munroe as Toni
In November 2012, Bill Dubuque's first script The Headhunter's Calling was revealed. On September 2, 2015, it was announced that Gerard Butler would star in the family drama film The Headhunter's Calling, to be directed by Mark Williams, who would make his debut. Williams and Butler would produce the film along with Alan Siegel, Voltage Pictures would handle the international sales for the film. Nicolas Chartier, Craig Flores, and Patrick Newall would also be producing the film.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 13% based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 3.94/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A Family Man has some worthy ideas, but they're bungled in a middle-of-the-road melodrama populated by thinly sketched -- and occasionally downright unlikeable -- characters." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 21 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."
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