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  • Summary: When Sue checks into the roadside motel owned by Mike's parents in Arizona, what starts with a bottle of wine "compliments of Management" soon evolves into a multi-layered, cross-country journey of two people looking for a sense of purpose. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. 75
    Management works as a sweet rom-com with some fairly big laughs.
  2. Zahn is the single biggest reason why Management is a delightfully screwball romantic comedy and not a crazed-stalker film. And why it works. Like watching a puppy chase its own tail, it's a pleasure watching Mike try to win Sue over.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    It's a sweetly strange yet uneven comedy, with a charming lead performance by Steve Zahn offset by a lackluster one from Jennifer Aniston.
  4. Padding disguised as a feature-length screenplay, adapted from Belber's one-act.
  5. 50
    Playwright Stephen Belber (Match), in his directing debut, comes close to the sweet spot. He's not there yet. But he'll be worth watching next time.
  6. 50
    Management is ultimately undone by its own bland idiosyncrasies. It's nothing but a mismanaged opportunity.
  7. Isn't it time Steve Zahn grew up? Ever since the '90s, this walking quirk of an actor has pushed his dazed solipsistic zaniness (he's like Michael J. Fox’s hillbilly cousin), but he's 41 now, and it no longer looks cute on him.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Mr.Aniston89
    May 17, 2009
    10
    It's a beautiful movie !! Great funny and romantic story, good actors !! Aniston is a sexy woman !!
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    7
    I'll be honest: Management floored me. Based on Jen Aniston's stint in The Good Girl, I knew she could act. Here, she uses those skillsI'll be honest: Management floored me. Based on Jen Aniston's stint in The Good Girl, I knew she could act. Here, she uses those skills superbly once more. I never would have imagined Steve Zahn and Jen Aniston a match, but they are. Perhaps that is the magic behind Management. It's honest, telling and surprisingly good. Expand
  3. ChadS.
    May 15, 2009
    6
    Romantic comedies often corroborate on the New Wave notion that "the history of cinema is boys photographing girls." What filmmaker Jean Luc Romantic comedies often corroborate on the New Wave notion that "the history of cinema is boys photographing girls." What filmmaker Jean Luc Goddard meant, without apology, was that film is, and always will be, largely a patriarchal construct. In other words, the guy, more often than not, gets his girl. For girls, it's harder. No matter how many fish sticks and tater tots Dawn Wiener(Heather Matarazzo) heats up for Steve(Eric Mabius) in Todd Solondz's "Welcome to the Dollhouse", the hunky lead singer of her older brother's clarinet-driven band will never give the plain girl a fighting chance. The cinema is rigged so ordinary men can pursue, and win over, women who are clearly out of their league. With a tradition of conquering underdogs on his side, Mike tells Sue, "You have a great butt," which should earn him a drink tossed in his face, but instead, the professional woman bends over, like the Maggie Gyllenhaal character in Steven Shainberg's "Secretary". Even though Sue is more accomplished than Mike, the submissive position that she assumes, has the unintended effect of revealing how the male hero always has control over the girl he's pursuing, regardless of how great the odds are stacked against him. "Management" is just a little more brazen about the fix than most films. According to this movie, groping works; stalking works too...on both coasts. What "Management" lacks is a genuine romantic moment. Skydiving into a pool is funny, but not romantic, as is serenading Sue with a Bad Company song. When Sue puts her hand on Mike's butt, the film romanticizes her own objectification. At the very least, Mike should tell Sue that she's beautiful. Expand
  4. carolynl
    May 15, 2009
    3
    The whole premise for this movie is asinine . Sue's acceptance of Mike's need to touch her butt is juvenile and simple adds to theThe whole premise for this movie is asinine . Sue's acceptance of Mike's need to touch her butt is juvenile and simple adds to the pathetic rationale for the main storyline of this movie . Expand
  5. johnny2cents
    Oct 4, 2009
    3
    Painful. This movie tries really hard to be quirky and many other things butt succeeds at none. You would have to be on LSD to believe that Painful. This movie tries really hard to be quirky and many other things butt succeeds at none. You would have to be on LSD to believe that this coupling would ever be possible. It is way too far fetched from reality to accept even in a movie that is trying to be ...well I'm still not sure what it wanted to be. Think it may have needed a little more Woody, I mean the Harrelson character. Expand
  6. Oct 10, 2010
    2
    This movie sucks. I am still trying to understand what the point of this wanna-be cute movie is. Throughout the romantic "comedy", I wasThis movie sucks. I am still trying to understand what the point of this wanna-be cute movie is. Throughout the romantic "comedy", I was confused. The way you know a movie is bad is when it confuses the hell out of you without trying to. Horrible movie. Wouldn't recommend it to a horse. Expand
  7. KatG
    May 16, 2009
    1
    YECH!! Not even worth a slot on the Netflix queue.

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