"The Ladies Man"
Directed by Reginald Hudlin.
Written by Tim Meadows, Dennis McNicholas and Andrew Steele.
Starring Tim Meadows, Karyn Parsons and Billy Dee Williams.
Release Year: 2000
Review Date: 10/18/00
As I played "Soul Calibur" on my new
Dreamcast last night in the casa, I realized that I have, in fact,
given a large majority of my recent free time to video games. Being
a part of the "Video Game Palace"--my new nickname for the townhouse
that I reside in--I have video games everywhere that I turn. We now
have a Dreamcast, a PlayStation (with a PlayStation2 on the way), a
Sega Master System (circa 1986), a Gameboy and a Game Gear, with a
Sega Genesis and an old-skool Nintendo on the way courtesy of Keith.
What is funny to me is listening to women
talk about how much they despise their game-loving male friends.
Why, ladies, do you hate us for playing what we love? It is
innocent and pure, like a mountain spring. It doesn't involve other
women, so you know I am not out there cheating on you! It usually
happens at my house, so it's not like you are left wondering, "Now,
where is Justin gonna be at TONIGHT?" And, it is a reasonably cheap
habit over the long term, so I have got plenty of money left over to
spend on the ladies. Most women don't know that the magic words
coming out of their mouths upon seeing someone playing games on a
Dreamcast would be
"Hey, you've got a Dreamcast too?"
Because if a girl said that to me, it would
add 1.5-to-2 points to her profile (the Chuck and Justin female
scale only goes to 9.9, because no one is perfect). The video
game-playing female is roughly equivalent to the girl that can throw
a spiral, the girl that never mentions her weight, the girl that
used to be a "beer man." It is that rare seed that many men search
for, but never find.
Of course, being single leaves me with
plenty of "guy time" to hang out in sweat pants and play video
games. To break up the monotony tonight, Chuck "The Verb" Longer
and I rolled out to see "The Ladies Man", fully expecting to get a
few laughs in before going to bed. This movie clocked in at 84
minutes, or about half an hour longer than "Passenger 57", and the
84 minutes that you get are like your brand new pillows: fluffy.
The plot for this movie is so shallow it seems nonexistent.
Basically, Leon Phelps (Tim Meadows) is the Ladies Man, a
professional ladykiller that has seen more ass than Homer Simpson's
couch and has a radio show to talk about how much "tang" he gets on
a regular basis. The FCC finally kicks him off the air after
getting multiple complaints from callers seeking advice on how to
get the ladies, and Leon is left without a job. So, Leon and his
partner Julie (Robyn Parsons, hot) get on the trail in search of new
work at different radio stations, but continue to come up short.
After getting kicked off of a Christian radio show broadcast for his
overly explicit description of the missionary position, Leon spends
more time searching for the perfect woman...although we in the
audience know the whole time who Leon will eventually fall for. A
minor subplot involves a bunch of men pissed off at Leon (who laid a
bunch of their wives and girlfriends) chasing after him to get
revenge, led by Will Ferrell as a former Greco-Roman wrestler.
Coming into this one, we figured if we got a
couple of hearty laughs, it would be worth it. Luckily, we were
right! Meadows is hilarious as the Ladies Man, and his regular talk
about skanks, sex and cognac is pretty funny. You will also spend
an inordinate amount of time saying "Thath cool" after seeing this
movie to imitate Leon's ridiculous lisp. Ferrell is great in
support and by far the best scene in the movie involves Leon getting
ready for a date with Tiffany Thiessen near the end of the film.
Leon gets dudded up in some bad-ass 70s-style clothes and then
vogues in them on a rotating platform with some hardcore pimp music
playing in the background. Hilarious! And, there are plenty of hot
women for you to look at, so that kept me awake too.
Admittedly, like many other “Saturday Night
Live”-themed movie products (i.e., "A Night at the Roxbury",
"Superstar", "Wayne's World"), the actual plot and backstory of the
characters in "The Ladies Man" is so weak that the movie is slow
during many portions because the writers have no idea what Leon
should do in between his radio show and his sex scenes. The
one-trick-pony nature of these films is ideally suited to the
90-minute format, but this movie could have been 45 minutes and been
very, very good. There is simply no substance to carry the film
over the full hour and a half, which is kind of sad when you think
But overall, there are a few scenes that are
just rolling-in-the-aisle funny, so it is worth checking out for a
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have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
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