Man of the House
Texas Ranger Roland Sharp (Tommy Lee Jones) is assigned to protect the only witnesses to the murder of a key figure in the prosecution of a drug kingpin — a group of University of Texas cheerleaders. Sharp must now go undercover as an assistant cheerleading coach and move in with the young women.
Man of the House could be subtitled, Dumb and Dumber Cheerleaders Meet Walker, Texas Ranger. It’s made up of a band of stereotypes from the take-no-prisoners Texas Ranger (Jones), who neglects his daughter because of his devotion to catching bad guys, to an African-American con-man (Cedric the entertainer) who hides behind a minister’s robe, to a group of dumb beautiful college cheerleaders. One of the cheerleaders is an especially dumb blonde valley girl who is flunking her classes because of her ‘extra-curricular’ passions. All of these characters lend themselves to a story that is one big cliché. The Ranger bonds with the cheerleaders who advise him on everything from how to win a lady professor (Ann Archer) to how to reunite with his daughter. And, of course, the phony minister performs the marriage ceremony which resembles a scene from “Footloose” more than a sacred nuptial. This movie is corny but it has a couple of funny scenes in a tasteless sort of way. The saving grace to this movie is that we cannot award it a Dove Seal due to a couple of gratuitous profanities, thus preventing Dove devotees from wasting their hard-earned money.