Man in the Chair
Man in the Chair (2007)

With the help of a group of retired filmmakers living at the "Motion Picture Home for the Aged," a rebellious teen enters a student film competition in hopes it will get him into film school.

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 1, 2008
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A committed performance from Christopher Plummer can't save Man in the Chair's troubled and cliched script.

Derek Adams
Time Out

A fair-to-middling contemporary fantasy drama that, despite its surfeit of flashy effects, is mildly charming in the way it addresses the injustice of old folk having to live out their final years in decrepit homes.

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Los Angeles Times

Though they can't transcend writer-director Michael Schroeder's pointed contrivances, the actors tap into something achingly true in this valentine to Hollywood's below-the-line crafts people and society's castoffs.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The subject is honorable, but this plea for the elderly is too cliche-ridden and manipuative

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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune

By salvaging a troubled script with deep, committed, touching portrayals, Plummer and Walsh help prove Schroeder's points about how Hollywood isn't just the province of the rich, young and pretty.

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Los Angeles Times

[An] elegant documentary.

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S. James Wegg
JWR

It's hard to imagine anyone other than Christopher Plummer taking on the role of Flash Madden.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie works so hard at juggling its clichés that it fails to generate interest in its story.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York

Overdirected and underwritten, this litany of Hallmark Channel tropes and button-pushing sentiment uses Tinseltown treacle to gussy up an otherwise forgettable message movie about humane treatment for the elderly.

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies

By the end it's lost any edge and is as soft and unappealing as a geriatric incontinence pad.

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