Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Man of the House

Sure, MAN OF THE HOUSE is a silly little comedy about hard-nosed Texas Ranger Tommy Lee Jones going undercover as an assistant cheerleading coach to protect a group of University of Texas cheerleaders who witnessed a mob-related murder. And yes, about every twenty minutes something else happens that’s pretty much ridiculous. But Jones -- who didn’t have to go very far to film this, just from his hometown of San Saba to Austin -- is a hoot, there are some fairly well-staged action scenes, and the girls are cute. I found it to be a reasonably entertaining way to spend an hour and a half. And I always enjoy movies that were filmed in places where I’ve been.


Anonymous said...

I liked it alot.

Anonymous said...

The Texas Ranger Museum in Waco has the poster displayed in the room where Ranger movies, pulps (from Jim Griffin's collection), and comics are commemorated. There's a nice Walker Texas Ranger corner of course -- sorry, I don't recall now whether it includes copies of the Walker novels. According to IMDB, one of Jones' upcoming movies casts him as James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux.

Mark Terry said...

My wife and I (who, without a doubt, are Tommy Lee Jones fans) were pleasantly surprised by this film because we thought it was going to suck (see U.S. Marshals, for example). We had never been to Austin (or Texas, for that matter) but flew out a month or so later for a wedding and pretty much fell in love with the town. (Any town that has live music at the airport gets an automatic upgrade, in my book).

And Tommy Lee Jones as Dave Robicheaux. Now that's got possibilities. Alec Baldwin, though a fine actor, probably wasn't a great choice.