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The Ladies' Man

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

He's cool. He's clean. He's a love machine.

Radio talk show host Leon Phelps (Tim Meadows) is a man with a mission.

Drawing on his own vast and personal knowledge of love - at least certain aspects of it - he dispenses advice to the men and women of Chicago about matters of the heart - and body. Leon is earnest, inexhaustible and inexplicably attractive to women - he's the ladies' man - and in his own endearingly innocent way, he only wants to do one thing: help the world with his expert knowledge of amore.

Leon, however, is having trouble finding a new job after he and his producer, Julie (Karyn Parsons), are sacked for the exceedingly "frank" nature of his on-air comments. He is running out of options when he receives a mysterious letter signed only "Sweet Thing" begging him to return to her - and her money! With enough change, Leon figures, he could buy his own radio station. All he has to do is look in his giant little black book and recall which one of his many sweet things is the "Sweet Thing," but he can't remember. With so many past conquests to sort through, Leon's search promises to be difficult, made all the more complex by a posse of cuckolded husbands determined to take their revenge on him.

Persons of interest

  • Tim Meadows .... Screenwriter, Leon Phelps
  • Karyn Parsons .... Julie Simmons
  • Billy Dee Williams .... Lester
  • John Witherspoon .... Scrap Iron
  • Jill Talley .... Candy
  • Lee Evans .... Barney
  • Will Ferrell .... Lance DeLune
  • Sofia Milos .... Cheryl
  • Eugene Levy .... Bucky Kent
  • David Huband .... Frank
  • Ken Hudson Campbell .... Hal
  • Kevin McDonald .... Mail Man
  • Tamala Jones .... Theresa
  • Julianne Moore .... Audrey
  • Tiffani Thiessen .... Honey DeLune
  • Dennis McNicholas .... Screenwriter
  • Andrew Steele .... Screenwriter
  • Reginald Hudlin .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Venus Flytrap.

Which will mean nothing if you're too young to remember WKRP in Cincinatti so I will elucidate.

Gordon "Venus Flytrap" Sims (Tim Reid) was a 1970s African-American DJ who played late night love songs on the radio. He had excess cool in a Shaft kind of way (the original, not the remake), he lit candles and turned the lights down low whenever he went on air. Smooth as melted chocolate.

Leon is partially a 1990s parody of Venus, partially an homage to Austin Powers: your average, anachronistic time traveller. Fortunately for you there's also more to it than just that. The Ladies' Man suceeds where other Saturday night live skits-to-movies have failed (see A night at the Roxbury and Superstar) is in Leon's confidence. He knows that he is The Ladies' Man so he is The Ladies' Man. That gives the character and the movie enough depth to make it watchable. The Butabi brothers and Mary Katherine Gallagher are too much the losers to waste your time on.

It also has something to do with the fact that Leon is being played by an actor who is of the same age where the others are old people trying to impersonate characters more than half their age. That gag wears thin very quickly.

While The ladies' man isn't a patch on a nice, black Australian comedy like Chopper, and even though it doesn't push any boundaries in the world of filmmaking, it is a fun movie. You can best enjoy it by seeing it at night time with your main squeeze and/or a bunch of friends.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio and languages: English Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
  • Picture: Widescreen enhanced 16:9
  • Subtitles: English
  • Cast and crew interviews
  • Trailer: Theatrical

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Sexual references)

Surveillance time

84 minutes (1:24 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 2 August 2001
DVD rental: 15 February 2002
VHS rental: 15 February 2002

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