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A sophisticated and moving comedy, THE EXTRA MAN follows Louis Ives (Paul Dano), a lonely dreamer who fancies himself the hero of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel... When a deeply embarrassing incident forces him to leave his job at an exclusive Princeton prep school, Louis heads to New York City to make a fresh start. He quickly finds a nine-to-five job at an environmental magazine, where he encounters an entrancing, green-obsessed co-worker Mary (Katie Holmes). But it's Louis' new home life that really sparks his imagination. He rents a room in the ramshackle apartment of Henry Harrison… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] drearily quirky mess."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Dano and Kline are very fine performers. So why is this comedy such a chore? The answer appears to be whimsy overload."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Kevin Kline's tour de force, a performance of uncommon joie de vivre."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Kevin Kline, who has a gift for this kind of characterization, heads up a talented trio of actors, all playing extremely quirky characters who are borderline pathological, but funny and harmless."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"I did a lot of squirming with this one."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"An entertaining kinky kick of a movie, a lightweight delight about dreamers and dilettantes."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Swifter comedic timing and a clearer narrative thread might have helped center this peculiar adaptation of Jonathan Ames's 1998 novel of the same name. Then again, maybe not."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
"A typical Sundance type comedy that confuses quirkiness with humor. Needless to say, it stars Paul Dano in his typically weird character role. A totally annoying film."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"The pic becomes too bent out of shape by so many kooks sharing the spotlight."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"I loved Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's The Extra Man, but it's not going to be to everyone's liking."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The Extra Man is a disappointment coming from Berman and Pulcini, whose American Splendor was an imaginative biopic about the late comic-book author Harvey Pekar."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Some actors are dinner. Kevin Kline is dessert, and his comic brio saves the film version of The Extra Man from its limitations."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Belly laughs are few and far between but the overarching tone of silliness deftly underscored by the human experience makes for a largely fulfilling cinematic experience."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Harrison's life is a quest only for pleasure, and Kline and Dano definitely provide it, even if their arc is short and shallow. See it for Kevin."
‑ Karina Montgomery,
"The episodic script is all verve and no wit, a relentless tribute to nonconformity that starts to exhaust its goofiness after the first hour."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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