Dir. by Reginald Hudlin - 1 hr. 24 min.
by Clayton Hollifield
Some movies aren't meant to be waxed eloquently about. That's not to say that compliments aren't in order, but sometimes it's enough to just say that I liked something, I've watched it a number of times, and it serves as the comedic equivalent of comfort food. "The Ladies Man" is like that.
Obligatory plot summary: Leon Phelps (Tim Meadows) is a radio DJ, who likes to love up women. Some of which aren't single. And because Leon has a one-track mind with no filter (and because this was about a decade before podcasting), he loses his job. And there's a bunch of jilted husbands after Leon, led by Lance DeLune (Will Ferrell), who spends a good amount of time wearing a wrestling singlet.
Here are some of the things that I liked about "The Ladies Man." Tim Meadows is funny. Especially when offering to buy strange women in bars fish sandwiches. Pina Colada butt lotion. A houseboat called "The Skanktary." Will Ferrell as an amateur wrestling enthusiast. Did I mention Tim Meadows is really funny? Especially when he gets to do an R-rated comedy. Those chairs that look like a giant hand that you sit in. Julianne Moore as a horny clown. Yeah, you read that right. And maybe most of all, Leon's poem:
"What Is Love?" by Leon Phelps
I dunno, man, I just like "The Ladies Man." I've been troubled for years as to whether the title is punctuated correctly (I feel like "ladies" should be a possessive, and thus the title should read "The Ladies' Man"), but I have never been plagued by a lack of laughter when watching this film. I know this is a pretty light review here, but at the same time, why flog a dead horse? I like this movie, it's funny, and if you enjoyed Leon's poem, you might feel the same way. Are more words necessary to get that across?
3 / 5 - TV