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MPAA Rating - R

Length:
    97 Minutes

Genre:
    Comedy

Original Release Date:
    Apr 16, 2002

Director
    Pat O'Connor

Cast
    Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Harvey Keitel, Danny Aiello

 
Movie Summary
This offbeat police thriller with heavy doses of humor was written by John Patrick Shanley, the former playwright who wrote Chers hit romantic comedy Moonstruck. Kevin Kline stars as Nick Starkey, a brilliant former New York City police detective who has been exiled to the fire department because of his unorthodox ways. Hes called back to service by his police commissioner brother Frank (Harvey Keitel) in the hopes that he can find a bizarre serial killer whos been murdering one woman a month. Nicks condition to agreeing to help is that he gets to cook dinner for Frank and his snooty wife Christine (Susan Sarandon), a former girlfriend of his. Ultimately, Nick uses his Zen-like intuition and some high-tech computer hardware (with prominent product placement plugs) to find the killer, pausing to have an affair with the mayors beautiful daughter Bernadette (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. In the improbable conclusion, Nick figures out the exact day the killer will strike and the exact apartment! January Man is too tongue-in-cheek to be taken seriously as a thriller. In addition to Keitel and Sarandon the stellar supporting cast includes Rod Steiger as the mayor and Danny Aiello as a tough police captain who rails against Nicks beatnik ways. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide


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