Cast:Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Jennifer Aniston, Fred Ward, Margo Martindale, James Liao
Director: Stephen Belber
Management chronicles the chance meeting of Mike Cranshaw (Zahn) and Sue Claussen (Aniston) when she checks into the roadside motel owned by Mike's parents in Arizona. A bottle of wine 'compliments of management' jump starts the cross-country journey and unique courtship between two different kinds of people who are both ultimately looking for the same thing - a sense of happiness. Mike sees something special in button downed Sue that inspires him to take a chance and hit the road to go after her. But once he reaches Maryland, he finds that Sue has no place for an aimless dreamer in her carefully ordered life. Obsessed with making a difference in the world, Sue falls back in with her punk-turned-Yogurt mogul ex-boyfriend Jango (Harrelson), who promises her a chance to head his charity operations. But having finally found something worth fighting for, Mike puts his hops against her practicality, and the two embark on a twisted, bumpy, ultimately freeing journey to discover that their place in the world just might be together.
Writer/Director Stephen Belber has crafted one of the best comedy/dramas I have seen in some time. Jennifer Aniston plays Sue, a successful corporate sales woman who meets Mike, an off the wall kinda guy that manages his parent's hotel. I got to say Aniston and Zahn really hit it off here, the chemistry between the two was perfect with her playing the woman that seems to have a firm grip on what she wants and him as a insecure man that is stuck helping to run the family business. I was taken in by the humor right away and the "Do you want me to touch your butt" moment floored me as it was as funny as it was random. This is one for those movies that has perfect balance between comedy and drama. There are plenty of laughs along the way and you also get a nice mixture of sad and touching moments as well. I have to point out also that Woody Harrelson is great as the crazy boyfriend, he just about steals every scene of the movie that he appears in, this man is a comic genius. Some scenes in the film get a little silly but over-all it is a film about insecurities and risking it all for love and that is something we all can relate to in some way.
The only thing that confused me here was why this never got a wide release in theaters, you got a wonderful cast and a story that warms the heart as well as breaks it but is hilarious at times as well which makes for a perfect film for couples or just anyone looking to watch something light but entertaining. I thought I was sitting down to a laugh a minute comedy when I received Management but I got so much more, I got a film that used up all my emotions and in the end it left me with one big smile on my face. The DVD arrives in stores on September 29th, be sure to mark it down and pick up one of the best romantic comedies of the year. Released by Image Entertainment. ***** Out Of *****