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THE EXTRA MAN
USA: Magnolia Pictures
Cast: Paul Dano, Kevin Kline, Katie Holmes, John C Reilly, John Pankow, Celia Weston, Patti D'Arbanville, Lynn Cohen, Marian Seldes, Dan Hedaya, Jason Butler Harner, Cathy Moriarty, Alicia Goranson, Justis Bolding, Alex Burns, Rafael Sardina, Kevin Scullin
Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Countries: USA / France
USA: 105 mins
USA Rated: R for some sexual content
USA Release Date: 30 July 2010 (Limited Release)
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A sophisticated and moving comedy, THE EXTRA MAN centres on Louis Ives (Paul Dano), who is a lonely dreamer that 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.
Taking up a nine-to-five job at an environmental magazine, he meets an entrancing, green-obsessed co-worker Mary (Katie Holmes). However, it's Louis' new home life that really ignites his imagination. He rents a room in the rundown apartment of Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), a penniless, wildly eccentric but brilliant playwright. When Henry's not dancing alone to obscure music or singing operettas, he's performing the duties of an "extra man", a social escort for the wealthy widows of Manhattan high society.
These two men, though separated by more than forty years, develop a volatile mentor/apprentice relationship and through a series of urban adventures, Louis and Henry form a memorable bond that bridges their differences.