Pulcini and Springer Berman get THE EXTRA MAN

     January 20, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

Unless they end up really disappointing me or ruining some property I love, I’m going to root for Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini because I was such a fan of what they did with “American Splendor”. You can argue amongst yourselves about what’s the greatest superhero movie—”American Splendor” is the best comic book movie to date.

Sadly, the duo tripped up a bit with “The Nanny Diaries” but hopefully they’ll regain their footing with their next project, “The Extra Man”. The story centers on a failed playwright (Kevin Kline) who works as an escort for rich widows on the Upper East Side. He develops a mentor-student relationship with a troubled aspiring playwright (Paul Dano). Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly also star so already, you’ve got three terrific performers (hint: the bad one is married to Tom Cruise).

If there is something that makes me nervous, it’s that we yet again see Kevin Kline taking on a mentor role (off the top of my head I can name “Orange County” and “The Emperor’s Club” as his previous attempts at this). If he keeps taking roles like this, I could do a neat film series called “Kevin Kline Thinks Young People Look Up To Him”.

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