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Wednesday, May 22, 2024


In one of those movie adaptations from "Saturday Night Live," "The Ladies' Man" recreates Leon Phelps (Tim Meadows), a politically incorrect cad, or what used to be called a plain, ordinary lounge lizard.
Anyhow, as cads or lizards go, Phelps is at the top of his game until he is fired from his radio talk show host job for making "inappropriate" comments on air. As he searches for employment, he gets a letter from a female claiming he is her true love.
His curiosity piqued by this communique, Phelps can't decide who among his vast stable on conquests this can be, while all the time he is being stalked by vengeful ex-husbands. Good heavens, such a plot. What will they come up with next?
Though it is directed by Reginald Hudlin who is said to keep it going "quickly and not too painfully," it is written by a total of three writers. Not a good sign.
It's not without hope, however. There's a "remarkably inspired," "West Side Story" style dance number, and the added attraction of Billy Dee Williams, who narrates the story.
It has quite a rating: R for crude sex gags, sight gags and talk, nudity, slapstick violence (which alone might recommend it), simulated sex (huh?), and scattered profanity. Whew!
It starts Thursday at Cinema One.

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