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Man of the Year

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Source: Catholic News Service

Political satire about an idealistic comedy TV talk-show host (Robin Williams) who runs for president and wins, eventually falling for a software analyst (Laura Linney) on the lam after discovering that the unlikely election results were due to a program glitch in her company's computerized voting machine. Director Barry Levinson never decides what movie he wants to make (a light farce or something darker); while Williams' performance is basically a stand-up routine and the script soft-pedals on issues of personal morality, the film make some valid observations about the increasingly blurred distinction between entertainment and news, and the alarming preference of many to be amused rather than informed. Sexually crass humor, innuendo, a mildly irreligious joke, brief violence, a use of the f-word and some crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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