MAN IN THE CHAIR
Don’t Forget About the Elderly
Release Date: December 07, 2007
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Michael
Angarano, M. Emmet Walsh, and
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 108 minutes
Distributor: Outsider Pictures
Director: Michael Schroeder
Executive Producer: Steve Matzkin and Peter
Producer: Michael Schroeder, Sarah
Schroeder and Randolf Turrow
Writer: Michael Schroeder
Address Comments To:Paul Hudson and Peter Peterson
543 North Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (323) 965-7869
After Cameron enters a high school film contest, he follows Flash to his home at the Motion Picture Residence for the Elderly, a colony of aging filmmakers tossed aside by the industry. While there, Cameron learns that Flash is a retired Hollywood gaffer and the only surviving crew member from CITIZEN KANE. So, he begs Flash to help him make his student film.
At first, Flash tells Cameron to take a hike because he would rather drink than help some young teenager. Soon, though, Flash and several other retired filmmakers at the residence hall get excited about the idea of making a movie again. While working with all these legends from the movie-making industry, Cameron learns of the plight of the elderly in retirement and nursing homes. He decides to make his movie a documentary about abuse in the nursing home industry.
MAN IN THE CHAIR has a tour de force performance by the magnificent Christopher Plummer. The movie illustrates but certainly does not glorify Hollywood’s love affair with youth. Flash tells Cameron, as he frees elderly dogs being put to sleep, “We live in a throw-away society.” From dogs to divorce to the elderly, Flash tells Cameron that our culture throws away anything that is no longer young, beautiful and successful. Through Cameron, Flash and the others once again find purpose and joy, and Cameron, once an angst-filled teenager, finds peace and purpose as well.
This movie has some redemptive elements. The story is well told and the performances are wonderful. However, on the cautionary side, the movie has a lot of foul language. It also depicts drunkenness and alcoholism in several scenes, as well as vandalism, stealing and other miscellaneous immorality, along with a mixed pagan worldview, including some humanist quotes from philosophers such as Nietzsche. Although the movie contains some redemptive tones, it never fully addresses issues such as respecting the elderly from a truly biblical perspective. Marred by objectionable content, MAN IN THE CHAIR requires extreme caution.
MAN IN THE CHAIR has some redemptive elements and a marvelous performance by Christopher Plummer. The movie condemns modern society’s love affair with youth. Through Cameron, Flash and the others once again find purpose and joy, and Cameron, once an angst-filled teenager, finds peace and purpose as well. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution, however, because of strong foul language and a pagan worldview.