Ed Koch Movie Reviews: “The Extra Man” BY Edward I. Koch

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EdKochMovieReview_TheExtraMan Koch_EdwardIrving-standing Movie Review:  “The Extra Man” (-)

September 6, 2010   

This picture could have been a real romp and lots of fun.  Instead, I found it pretentious, overrated, and over the top.

The story is very simple and inane.  A young man from New Jersey, Louis Ives (Paul Dano), has lost his job at a prep school.  Louis is uncertain about hissexual orientation and occasionally engages in cross dressing.  He moves to Manhattan and rents a room in the apartment of Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), a much older man.

Henry is defined as an “extra man,” available to escort women, generally much older women.  (No intimacy is involved.)  He loves the meals they buy, attending their social functions, and sneaking into the Metropolitan Opera.  Henry shows Louis the tricks of the trade and lines up occasional dates for him.

Adding to the slapstick aspects of the film is the role of another tenant in the building, Gershon (John C. Reilly), who looks like a vagrant with a shaggy beard and unkempt hair and clothing.  Reilly constantly speaks in falsetto and is simply ridiculous.  Kevin Kline is a fine actor with an enormous range, but he blew it with his shtick performance in this movie. 

The entire film is absurd with the exception of two performances:  Paul Dano is excellent and Marian Seldes in the role of Vivian, an old moneyed woman who uses Henry as her escort, is superb

I saw this picture at the Cinema Village on East 12th Street.  Avoid.

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The Honorable Edward Irving Koch served New York City as its 105th Mayor from 1978  to  1989.



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