The Ladies Man

Somewhere in the Saturday Night Live firmament, between the naturalistic STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY and the surrealistic WAYNE'S WORLD, lies THE LADIES MAN. Or perhaps "lays" is more to the point, given that the hero is Tim Meadows's oversexed radio host from the late-night sketch-comedy series. The film is a harmless extension of the skit, aimed at fans and...read more

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Somewhere in the Saturday Night Live firmament, between the naturalistic STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY and the surrealistic WAYNE'S WORLD, lies THE LADIES MAN. Or perhaps "lays" is more to the point, given that the hero is Tim Meadows's oversexed radio host

from the late-night sketch-comedy series. The film is a harmless extension of the skit, aimed at fans and best viewed as a showcase for Meadows's considerable talents. Chicago radio love doctor Leon Phelps (Meadows), resplendent in Afro and mack-daddy threads from the Huggy Bear '70s, is,

inexplicably, considered a sex machine by all the chicks &#151 even though he's only average-looking, utterly self-absorbed and armed with a lisping, obliviously vulgar rap. One night, when Leon's on-air crudities go one step over the line, the station manger (Eugene Levy) fires Leon and his

producer, Julie (Karyn Parsons). Luckily, Leon gets a letter from a rich former lover (Tiffani Thiessen) telling him she wants to make him her kept man, but she signs it, simply, "Sweet Thing," mistakenly assuming Leon had reserved that pet name for her alone. With help from the gang at Lester's

Straight Up Lounge (presided over by the avuncular and never-more-charming Billy Dee Williams), Leon tries to track down "Sweet Thing" while being hunted himself by a posse of cuckolds (led by SNL cast mate Will Ferrell). The angry mob and their cars have a clunky BLUES BROTHERS quality,

but it's redeemed by a surprising Jerome Robbins-style musical number. It's a bit of wit that's at odds with the film's formula gross-out physical comedy (an escalating bar-food eating contest) and the sophomoric, if fitfully funny, dialogue (a nun saying she's going to "assume a missionary

position" &#151 in Bangkok, of course). And who in the youthful audience will get the Fibber McGee and Molly joke? As for the inevitable romance between the seemingly sensible Julie and the wispy, lisping Leon, it's sort of like watching her fall for the gay best friend from a whole other

movie.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Somewhere in the Saturday Night Live firmament, between the naturalistic STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY and the surrealistic WAYNE'S WORLD, lies THE LADIES MAN. Or perhaps "lays" is more to the point, given that the hero is Tim Meadows's oversexed radio host fro… (more)

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