Friday, January 02, 2009

cinema obscura: Mike Binder's "Man About Town" (2006)


A lost Mike Binder film starring Ben Affleck has been popping up on The Movie Channel lately, namely "Man About Town," a comedy-drama about marital infidelity that premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in February, 2006 but never had a theatrical run in this country.

It played Russia, Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium, among other places, but strangely enough, not here.

From what I gather, Affleck does a good job as a Hollywood talent agent who loses his confidence and starts to question his worth when he discovers that wife Rebecca Romijn has cheated on him.

The estimable supporting caswt includes John Cleese, Gina Gershon, Kal Penn, Bai Ling, Howard Hesseman, Jerry O'Connell, Adam Goldberg, Amber Valletta, Damien Wayans and Binder himself.

"Man About Town" - which Binder made between the Kevin Costner-Joan Allen film, "The Upside of Anger" (2005), and Adam Sandler's "Reign Over Me" (2007) - encores on The Movie Channel on Sunday, 11 January at 6 p.m., est., and again on Thursday, 15 January at 8 p.m., est.

(Artwork: Poster art for "Man About Town")

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Sounds interesting. Never heard of it. Can't believe it was never released. Is it out on DVD?