Man of the Year
What would happen if one of the nation’s funniest men became its leading one? Oscar® winner Robin Williams reunites with the director of Good Morning, Vietnam to answer just that question in the comic tale of an entertainer’s accidental rise to power, Man of the Year. Acerbic performer Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams) has made his career out of skewering politicians and speaking the mind of the exasperated nation on his talk show. He cracks scathing jokes at a fractured system night after night…until he came up with a really funny idea: why not run for president himself? After a flip comment, Dobbs ignites a grassroots movement that puts him on the ballot. Hot on the campaign trail, he debates elected drones and says exactly what frustrated voters have often thought. Nov. 2nd later, the muckraker wins—only to learn that a computer voting error gave him the victory. With time ticking on the inaugural clock, Dobbs has a big decision to make: should he go back behind the mike or stay in the Oval Office?
Disappointing, not very funny, crude, good premise, poor sound mix, hard to hear dialog at times, interesting observations about the political landscape. These are some of the things I can impart about “Man of the Year”. Tom Dobbs describes aspects of the political landscape that I believe many Americans are fed up with. He presents himself as a fresh, honest, up front and funny candidate for our nation’s highest office. That is the interesting part of the film. What is disappointing to me is that the poor sound mix in the film made it difficult to understand the main dialog in some scenes. It is like the background sounds are elevated and the dialog dialed down. Although containing some obscene and profane language, “Man of the Year” is a fairly tame film for what the MPAA rates as PG-13. It’s not that I don’t agree with that rating, I do. But why are there several other more objectionable films with more graphic content also rated PG-13? There is no consistency with the MPAA rating as far as I can see. It’s too bad we can’t say “Man of the Year” is the Film of the Year.