"Quirky Yet Immoral"
What You Need To Know:
MANAGEMENT is funny and quirky, with a fine performance by the reliable Steve Zahn, who carries the movie. The movie suffers, however, from much troubling content. For example, the movie has a strong Romantic worldview. Mike finds not only a loving emotional relationship with Sue but also meaning in life. Relationships are vital to life but can’t replace the real meaning in life that only comes from God. The movie also has plenty of foul language and depicted sexual scenes. Also, there are sexual lyrics in the soundtrack.
(RoRo, Pa, FR, LLL, V, SS, N, A, DD, M) Strong Romantic worldview mixed with some elements Buddhism and eastern mysticism; 13 obscenities, 15 profanities; fist fight, man shot multiple times with a BB gun; depicted sexual scene, touching of private part being a plot point, sexual discussion, sexual statements made in lyrics of soundtrack; upper male nudity; drinking of wine and beer; much smoking by main character, reference to illegal drugs; and, lying.
MANAGEMENT is the story of Mike, a 38-year-old with no plan in life who manages a motel for his parents. When Sue checks into the motel, Mike is smitten and concocts various ways to chat with her. After a “one night stand” in the laundry room, Sue returns home. Mike, having found the love of his life, puts his life savings into a one-way plane ticket to visit her. However, she is not interested and gives him bus fare to return home.
Mike tries yoga and eventually becomes a Buddhist monk to try to find meaning in his life and to forget Sue. Meanwhile, Sue takes up with her ex-boyfriend, Jango, a punk rocker turned millionaire yogurt mogul.
Through a number of comic adventures and complications in Sue and Jango’s relationship, Mike and Sue are able to get together in the end, each having found their desires in life.
MANAGEMENT is a quirky comedy that is carried by Steve Zahn, who portrays Mike. He delivers a great performance of a wandering adult who finally grows up. Jennifer Aniston as Sue does a fine job as the object of Mike’s affection. All the characters in the story struggle with issue of identity and purpose in life, which ring true. Relationships in the movie are awkward and funny.
The movie suffers, however, from much troubling content. The central, very clear worldview, is Romantic. Mike finds not only a loving relationship but also meaning in life that couldn’t be found without her or in Eastern religion. Relationships are vital to life but can’t replace the real meaning in life that only comes from God.
Mike grows up through the course of the story, especially as he enters the Buddhist monastery. While he fails as a monk, because he plays volleyball for eight hours a day, the experience is important in him learning to take responsibility in life and finally making decisions.
There is much foul language and depicted sexual scenes. Also, there are sexual lyrics throughout the songs chosen for the soundtrack. MANAGEMENT succeeds as a quirky story of relationships but warrants extreme caution.