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3.9 out of 5 stars
Management [DVD] [2008]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a competent comedy with Jennifer Aniston and the much under-rated Steve Zahn. With a plot similar to All About Steve, it is about a mismatched couple where one falls in love and the other doesn't.
It moves along smartly and has some genuinely funny moments but it has been done so much better elsewhere and spends a pleasant evening without being brilliant.
Comedies always score highly though with me and this has charm
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
While her character in Management isn't one of the sweeter and more personable characters she's played, you really just can't go wrong with any Jennifer Aniston movie. Admittedly, I was a little worried about Steve Zahn's ability to hold his own alongside her, but he turned in a terrific performance. It's not easy to play a sort of dumb character in a serious, natural, and completely honest manner, but Zahn does it. There are laughs aplenty to be found here, but this is no dumb comedy - not by a long shot.

Poor Mike (Zahn) is about as smooth with the ladies as I am. When Sue Claussen (Aniston) checks in at the family-owned hotel where he works as the night manager and janitor, he is immediately smitten and uses the old "complimentary wine" ruse to try and get to know her. A couple of uncomfortable yet very funny scenes ensue, and we learn that this beautiful woman who is way out of Mike's league is something of a lonely soul herself. That being said, Sue has no thought of ever seeing Mike again - until he shows up at her workplace on the other side of the country a few days later. In a seemingly foolhardy and somewhat spontaneous move, Mike has spent all of his money and left his family behind just to come and see her. Sue is less than happy about this unexpected turn of events, but a part of her can't help but be touched by the puppy-dog devotion she has inspired in this strange young man. After returning home, an undeterred Mike sends her letters and poems before chasing after her once again when she moves to the state of Washington to reunite with her old boyfriend (Woody Harrelson). Mike proves himself quite willing to do anything, no matter how crazy, to see her again. Anybody else would come across as a stalker, but Mike is far too genuine and sincere in his unabashed love for this woman to be considered anything of the sort. And no matter what happens, even when all hope is seemingly lost, he still loves Sue in a most beautiful way.

The story is really all about learning to manage your own life. Even when she seemingly has all she thinks she wants and needs, it is really Sue who is screwed up the most. Mike is obviously a dreamer and an eternal optimist, while Sue tries to find happiness in going about her life in a totally pragmatic fashion. Both ultimately learn that sometimes you have to let go of everything in order to find what you have been trying to attain all along. I loved this sweet and quirky romantic comedy. I feel sure that most people will be able to identify themselves with one of the two main characters and maybe even learn something about themselves by enjoying the comedy foibles that make up this most unconventional of romances.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Mike is a slow witted handyman at his parents run down motel in the middle of nowhere Arizona. A life of room cleaning and lonely evenings on reception followed by a night of channel surfing on his own stretches out before him. His life changes when a saleswoman from Maryland turns up and Mike finds himself smitten. He grabs the bull by the horns and turns up at her room with a 'complimentary' bottle of warm wine and a completely useless line of patter.Sue is a reserved & quiet individual who at first is unmoved by Mikes advances but slowly melt herheart as he becomes more focussed and determined to win her over.
The course of love runs slowly and with no little difficulty as Sue meets an old boyfriend & Mike's mother dies.
I suppose in the final analyses it has to be said that this is yet another rom-com but in truth 'Management' avoids most of the usual cliches and adds some unexpected twists. At first the humour is thin on the ground & it is hard to sympathise with either the aloof Sue or frankly creepy Mike. However as her heart melts & Mike slowly matures they become likable & you begin to hope for the best. So too the humour shines in a couple of scenes but this is never allowed to descend into slapstick.
The pace is never fast but neither does the film ever drag. The two stars handle their roles with ease and portray two hurt individuals learning to trust quite nicely. Anniston has made a nice little niche for herself starring in slightly offbeat rom-coms and Steve Zahn tones down the kooky man boy enough to make the slim chance of his winning Sue over possible. So too the support is good with Fred Ward giving solid value for money as Mike's reserved & grieving father & a particularly lively turn from James Hiroyuki Liao as new found friend Al & a typically unhinged turn from Woody Harrelson.
All in all this is a pleasant & sufficiently different & interesting character study to make it an enjoyable & easily recommended film. Don't let the straight to DVD tag put you off as this is a little gem that you should take a look at.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 9 January 2010
A bit quirkier than I was expecting, and that is always good. Very slow-paced though - almost grinds to a halt in a few places, although picks up a bit of speed (and a much needed does of humour)from the middle onwards. Also, despite a winning performance from Steve Zahn, it's never that believable that Aniston has fallen for him. She always just seems wryly amused at his antics. I don't think she was right for the role really. She's okay though, if you suspend disbelief.

But it is nice to watch a romcom that isn't quite as formulaic as the average Hollywood effort (see New In Town [DVD] [2009] for a nice rom-com but with cliches aplenty). If you like the genre, or either of the leads, you'll be entertained.
And if you like Steve Zahn I can recommend the late 90's rom-com Happy Texas [DVD] [1999], which also has Jeremy Northam - bonus!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The premise isn't new - dweeb falls for babe - babe finds him repulsive at first, but then grows to love his sincerity and ordinary ways - dweeb and babe ride off into the sunset having both grown into nice people. Yeah right!

It's a hard sell at the best of times, but "Management" just about pulls it off - and it does so because of excellent writing and the stunning acting capabilities of its two principal leads.

STEVE ZAHN plays the hapless, but sweetly naïve Mike Cranshaw who is living and working with his parents in their small motel "The Kingman Motor Inn" in the town of Kingman in Arizona (off Route 66). Mike's Mum Trish is effectively running the solid but uninspiring joint (a beautifully understated performance by MARGO MARTINDALE), while her says-little and does-even-less husband Jerry (FRED WARD at his effective best) seems stuck in a rut he doesn't know how to get out of.

Life at the Motel is routine and boring - especially for the friendless and womanless Mike. But just occasionally - he gets up enough courage to bring a bottle of plonk around to a lady guest in her chalet and try on his `complimentary' wine routine. It never works. But this time - Mike's heart gets more than it bargained for when it encounters the big-city, tight-suited Jennifer Aniston character Susan Claussen, who's in town from Baltimore to flog paintings to corporate clients. Planes to appointments, car rentals to accommodation and a laptop on the bedside, she is the very epitome of a young executive woman going places. Mike is the last person in the world Sue would consider dating, let alone spending a lifetime with...the idea is almost laughable to her. But of course she keeps coming back to his sweetness and he pursues her because he's besotted and simply doesn't understand 'no' - nor get the meaning of boundaries.

Along the way Mike encounters Zen Buddhists, takes piano lessons, sleeps in a basement in a Chinese restaurant and jumps out of a plane. There's one particularly great scene where Sue figures if she lets Mike touch her perfectly formed posterior, he'll give up and she can get on with her presentation notes and get a night's sleep (title above). She leans over and presents the said rear for his delectation. With his hand placed on her right cheek, they talk about weather conditions in Maryland - it's both visually and lyrically - very, very funny.

But what keeps you watching is the growing tenderness between the two. Mike may not be the smartest tool in the kit, but he is heartfelt and sincere - and in many ways despite her obvious intelligence and affluence, Sue isn't. She needs to learn that and he needs to grow up. Woody Harrelson also turns up in a great pantomime role as the ex-punk-rocker Jango who is now rich through dog handling. Later Mike's Mum Trish becomes gravely ill - thereby presenting the two men in her life with changes both may not want but need...and on it goes.

Written and Directed by first-timer STEPHEN BELBER and produced by SIDNEY KEMMEL, the offbeat rom-com "Management" hit the US screens in May 2009 receiving excellent reviews. And on the strength of this September 2009 BLU RAY - it's easy to see why.

I first spotted Steve Zahn in a wonderful film called "Happy, Texas" where he was paired up with Britain's Jeremy Northam as two escaped convicts trapped in a hick town which tames their thieving ways and changes both of them for the better. Zahn's been bubbling under for years, but in "Management" he really shines. A lesser actor might have overdone the inner nerd to go for hammy laughs - and in the real world his character's ludicrous naivety might even have been insufferable, but Zahn makes you ache for Mike's attempts at wooing Susan.

Aniston is more capable now as an actress than she's ever been. Her character's disbelief and dismissive awkwardness at first is so believable - and as the movie progresses - her barriers very subtly start coming down - to a point where you really do believe she would look at Mike as a 'nice guy' - and as 'good for her' - and that's more important than all the material crap in-between. She is superb in the part.

Although it feels like an Indie production, the BLU RAY image is beautiful throughout - really crisp - you are aware almost all of the time that this is high-def and not a soft DVD image.

The extras are great fun too; a feature-length commentary by Stephen Belber and Steve Zahn, Gag Reels and Bloopers (very funny outtakes - mostly of the whole cast giggling and fluffing lines), several Deleted Scenes and a Trailer.

"Management" is not going to bolster up my gravity-bound man-titties or lessen the amount of hair growing out my nasal passages - but it has enriched my brain. At its core is a truly lovely premise - that love will out - and corny or not - that 'is' what many of us believe.

"Management" isn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but you can't help but think that the world is a nicer place, because this sweet little ode to hope is in it.

A nice little movie really...
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on 10 September 2014
We certainly liked this one! Very good movie! Nice story! Funny in places! Steve is cool Jen is great! J Counsell.
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on 9 January 2015
Delivery was on time using prime and great movie.
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on 30 November 2014
Another funny Jennifer Aniston Movie :)
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on 16 February 2015
loved it and it arrived very fast
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on 4 October 2014
Not bad but not excellent
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