The Extra Man
The Extra Man – Movie Review
A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York’s Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing.
The Extra Man stars Paul Dano, who seems to be everybody’s favorite lost boy, and the wonderful Kevin Kline. Again, Paul Dano seems to have made this into a life form, as he did with Brian Cox in the movie The Good Heart. In this one, there’s a little less bloodletting and probably equally as much heart. Paul Dano fancies himself to be the hero of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. He gets embarrassed when he’s caught trying on a bra at a prep school where he’s supposed to be teaching and goes to New York. He really wants to be a writer and meets a cadre of eccentrics that only exist either in New York or in movies about New York, including Kevin Kline, who’s the extra man, which is a man of a certain age who is a walker for wealthy women. And John C. Reilly who plays a very hairy recluse who rides a bicycle, who has sexual issues. The problem is, the movie is a little too precious to be completely believable, but the performances are so good. Watching Kevin Kline throw himself into a dance is probably worth the price of admission. Katie Holmes is in it as well. This is a fun movie. Does it make a whole lot of sense? No. Is it fun to be there? Yeah. Do you know what’s going to happen? Sure. Are there some clever lines in it? Yep, there are. So I’ll give it three stars.