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The Extra Man (2010)

  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 2,407 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 27 January 2011 (Greece)
  • Runtime: 108 min
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The Extra Man (2010)


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  • IMDb page: The Extra Man (2010)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 2,407 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 27 January 2011 (Greece)
  • Runtime: 108 min
  • Filming Location: New York City, New York, USA
  • Budget: $7,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $453,079(USA)(24 October 2010)
  • Stars: Kevin Kline, Paul Dano and Katie Holmes
  • Original Music By: Klaus Badelt   
  • Soundtrack: Bossa del Breezy
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Playwright | Escort | Cell Phone | Male Escort | Gigolo

Writing Credits By:

  • Robert Pulcini (screenplay) &
  • Jonathan Ames (screenplay) &
  • Shari Springer Berman (screenplay)
  • Jonathan Ames (novel)

Known Trivia

  • As Henry drives Louis and himself to the theater for the first time, Henry demonstrates that he is a wild driver, without concern for other drivers and pedestrians. At one point, a voice off-screen yells “Asshole!” This is what Otto would exclaim from time to time as he wildly drove through London in A Fish Called Wanda. Both Henry and Otto are played by Kevin Kline.
  • One of the patrons of Sally’s bar is author Jonathan Ames, who wrote the novel which the movie is based on.

Plot: A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing. |  »

Story: A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jonathan Ames known as executive producer
  • Stefanie Azpiazu known as executive producer
  • Shari Springer Berman known as executive producer
  • Anthony Bregman known as producer
  • Stephanie Davis known as producer
  • Vincent Maraval known as executive producer
  • Agnès Mentre known as executive producer
  • Robert Pulcini known as executive producer
  • Rebecca Rivo known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Kevin Kline known as Henry Harrison
  • Paul Dano known as Louis Ives
  • John C. Reilly known as Gershon Gruen
  • Marian Seldes known as Vivian Cudlip
  • Celia Weston known as Meredith Lagerfeld
  • Patti D'Arbanville known as Katherine Hart
  • Dan Hedaya known as Aresh
  • Jason Butler Harner known as Otto Bellman
  • Alex Burns known as Brad
  • Katie Holmes known as Mary Powell
  • Alicia Goranson known as Sandra
  • Lynn Cohen known as Lois Huber
  • John Pankow known as George
  • Lewis Payton Jr. known as Usher (as Lewis Payton)
  • Marisa Ryan known as Tanya
  • Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs known as Diva
  • Victoria Barabas known as Daisy
  • John Leighton known as Valet
  • Lauren Weisman known as Female Student
  • Beth Fowler known as Ms. Marsh
  • Lisa Brescia known as Female Teacher #1
  • Graeme Malcolm known as English Narrator (voice)
  • Jackie Hoffman known as Pushy Woman
  • Rafael Sardina known as Chicken Man
  • Betty Hudson known as Maid
  • Jean Brassard known as Waiter
  • Justis Bolding known as Wine Pourer
  • Peter Kybart known as Maitre D
  • Jonathan Ames known as Gentleman
  • Gisele Alicea known as Miss Pepper
  • Philip Carlson known as Preacher
  • David Boston known as Neighbor (uncredited)
  • Barbara Christie known as Margaret Chase Cudlip (uncredited)
  • Marshall Factora known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • George Peck known as Theatre Goer (uncredited)
  • J. Santiago known as Opera Patron (uncredited)
  • Kevin Scullin known as Drag Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Bill Walters known as Panhandler (uncredited)
  • Todd Travis Warrick known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Joseph Farulla known as makeup department head (as Joe Farulla)
  • Sherry Heart known as hair stylist
  • Tina LaSpina known as makeup artist
  • Michael Marino known as special makeup: Mr. Reilly (as Mike Marino)
  • Jeffrey Rebelo known as hair department head
  • Nicole Tucker known as hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Jasmine E. Ballou known as assistant property master (as Jasmine Ballow)
  • Michael Calabrese known as set dresser
  • Paul Camarro known as on-set dresser
  • Garret Christensen known as art department production assistant
  • Russell De Young known as charge scenic
  • Daniel Fisher known as property master (as Dan Fisher)
  • Kley Gilbuena known as set dresser
  • Richard Hebrank known as construction coordinator (as Richie Hebrank)
  • Warren Jorgensen known as camera scenic
  • Bradley Klipp known as leadman (as Brad Klipp)
  • Melissa B. Miller known as art department coordinator
  • Richard Sepulveda known as set dresser (as Rich Sepulveda)
  • John Sullivan known as set dresser
  • Alexis Weiss known as assistant property master
  • Robert Ludemann known as additional graphic artist: props (uncredited)
  • Natalie McKeever known as art intern: pre-production (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • 3 Arts Entertainment
  • Likely Story
  • Tax Credit Finance
  • Wild Bunch

Other Companies:

  • Abbey Road Studios  score recording facility (as EMI Abbey Road Studios)
  • All-Star Animals  animal trainers
  • Arri CSC  camera: grip and lighting equipment
  • City National Bank  bank loan
  • D.R. Reiff & Associates  insurance services
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • Deluxe New York  digital intermediate
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Falco Ink.  unit publicist (as Falco.Imk)
  • Film Finances  completion bond
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz  production and finance legal services
  • Gourmet To U  catering
  • HI.C. Paris  score mixing facility
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • IndieClear  script clearance
  • Indiepay  payroll by
  • Loopers Unlimited  loop group
  • Post Factory NY  post-production facilities
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
  • Skywalker Sound  sound post-production
  • Tax Credit Finance  rebate financing
  • Theme Park Studios  score recording facility


  • Magnolia Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • BIM Distribuzione (2010) (Italy) (all media)
  • D Productions (2010) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Discovery Film & Video Distribution (2010) (Yugoslavia) (all media)
  • Festive Films (2010) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Group Power (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2010) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Independenta Film (2010) (Romania) (all media)
  • Kino Swiat (2010) (Poland) (all media)
  • Lumière Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Lusomundo (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Orlando Films (2010) (Israel) (all media)
  • Sunfilm Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Sungwon I Com (2010) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Teleview International (2010) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Video Vision Entertainment (2010) (South Africa) (all media)
  • Videorama (2010) (Greece) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Phosphene (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • John Bair known as visual effects supervisor: Phosphene
  • Renuka Ballal known as visual effects producer: Phosphene
  • Vivian Connolly known as visual effects producer: Phosphene
  • Molle DeBartolo known as qc lead: Deluxe New York
  • Markus Janner known as scanning and recording: Deluxe New York
  • Amber Kusmenko known as digital compositor: Phosphene
  • Chris MacKenzie known as smoke artist: Deluxe New York
  • Iain Marcks known as scanning and recording: Deluxe New York (as Iain Stasukevich)
  • Aaron Raff known as digital compositor: Phosphene
  • Scott Winston known as digital compositor: Phosphene

Release Date:

  • USA 25 January 2010 (Sundance Film Festival) (premiere)
  • USA 9 April 2010 (Sarasota Film Festival)
  • USA 15 April 2010 (RiverRun International Film Festival)
  • USA 21 April 2010 (Independent Film Festival of Boston)
  • UK June 2010 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • USA June 2010 (Nantucket Film Festival)
  • USA 12 June 2010 (Waterfront Film Festival)
  • USA 24 July 2010 (Stony Brooks Film Festival)
  • USA 30 July 2010 (limited)
  • Germany 5 October 2010 (Hamburg Film Festival)
  • Greece 27 January 2011
  • Germany 5 May 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 31 May 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 31 August 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 15 September 2011
  • Poland 16 December 2011

MPAA: Rated R for some sexual content



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. M. J Arocena from New Zealand
    30 Mar 2012, 12:43 am

    Kevin Kline creates the sort of character we haven't seen in a longtime, not since Clifton Webb, Noel Coward or even George Sanders, anactor dares to step into the uncomfortable zone with so much wit andpanache. He is the reason to see the film and in my book, that's reasonenough. Paul Dano is wonderful but he projects a strange feeling. As ifhe has been removed from the pot a bit too quickly. He doesn't lookquite done yet. Thoroughly undercooked. One has the overwhelmingfeeling, he won't be able to survive in this world. The film, as film,doesn't have the aspirations of Paul Schrader's "The Walker" nor itsdarkness but if you're not put off by a slightly tentative direction,you're in for a treat.

  2. gradyharp from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:43 am

    Jonathan Ames, a writer of eccentric novels, penned the book on whichthis bizarre film is based. His story of confused identities andsearching for a workable concept of self was adapted for the screen byAmes with help from co-directors Robert Pulcini and Shari SpringerBerman. It is a confusing tale to watch but has moments of comedicinsight and a cat of well- known actors that help to make the filmentertaining – if a bit of fluff.

    We meet English teacher Louis Ives (Paul Dano) after a prelude ofdaydreaming the three factors that characterize Louis – his obsessionwith classic literature of the 1920s, his untrained perception of howto relate to people ('awkward' would be a kind term), and his penchantfor fantasizing about cross dressing. He is dismissed from his school'due to budget cuts' (read 'having been discovered trying on a bra andbeing caught by the headmaster'), yet his inappropriate response is oneof glee at having been given the opportunity to move to Manhattan tobecome a writer.

    Once in New York City without connections, he answers an ad for aninexpensive apartment sharing – the ad having been submitted by onevery strange Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), an older down on his heelswriter and playwright who supports himself teaching college levelliterature and who considers himself an aristocrat, serving as an'escort' for older wealthy women. After an uncomfortable interviewHenry consents to allow Louis to be his roommate: after weighing hisoptions Louis accepts the room in the flea infested filthy apartmentand begins trying to get to know the secretive and zany Henry.

    Henry provides companionship for one Vivian (Marion Seldes) andeventually Louis is brought in as an 'extra man' to providecompanionship for one of Vivian's friends (Celia Watson). In themeantime Louis finds work as a telephone salesman for a Green magazine,meets the pretty but unavailable Mary (Katie Holmes), begins toencounter Henry's entourage of loonies such as Henry's bearded anddirty repairman Gershon (John C. Reilly), and gives in to his urge tolearn about cross-dressing by visiting a 'teacher ' and finally amake-over artist who places him in the role of a 'woman'. Louis'experience with transvestism fails and alienates Henry – for a brieftime. But what this comedic episode results in is Louis' discovery ofwhat is important – friends and family – and Henry and his entouragesupply that and the changes this brings in all the characters draws thefilm to a close.

    With a cast such as this we find ourselves wanting to connect with eachcharacter – bizarre though they all are – and to a degree this occurs.But the script is spotty and the direction is bumpy and in many ways itfeels as though the film simply never gets off the ground. Goodmoments: no after taste to savor.

    Grady Harp

  3. Paul Haakonsen from Denmark
    30 Mar 2012, 12:43 am

    This movie actually took me by surprise.

    First of all, let me start off by saying that the story is socompelling and spellbinding that it will blow you away. There is justsomething about this movie that is so unique in every way.

    The characters in this movie are so fantastically unique, quirky andlovable. It all just came together for a greater unity. The role ofLouis Ives (played by Paul Dano) was the quirkiest of all, strugglingto find his place in life, dealing with his sexuality and theadmiration of Henry and trying to find acceptance. And I must admitthat Paul Dano portrayed his character in a very good way; he wasawesome in this movie. And his resemblance to a young Liam Neeson isjust uncanny.

    Moving on to the role of Henry Harrison (played by Kevin Kline), wellhis role was eccentric and strict. But, as usual, Kline put on amagnificent performance. He is very charismatic and have a good voice.He is indeed one of the better actors of recent times.

    And also, not forgetting, the strange character of Gershon Gruen(played by John C. Reilly) was also very memorable and lovable,especially his voice.

    In all fairness, then this movie worked so good on all levels. However,I think that a share of people might be put off by the movie, as itdoes have that certain epic cinema moment to it, and also dealing with(and I use this term in lack of better) sexually deviant behavior. Forme, I found that aspect of the movie to be one of the driving factors,because it showed how Louis Ives was struggling to find himself anddealing with his needs.

    The movie is very beautiful in more than one way. The story isbeautiful, the cinematography is beautiful, the music is beautiful, andso forth. This is one of the better movies I have seen in a while. Itis a fresh breath of change in the movie scene for me. Nice with amovie that stands out from the mainstream comedies, and dares to be sounique as it is.

    If you haven't already seen "The Extra Man", then you owe it toyourself to do so, especially if you are (like me) a lover of thecinema and movies. This is a story that will stay with you for a long,long time.

    Thumbs up, way, way up from me!

  4. rroberto18 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:43 am

    Way too much will be given away if I attempt to describe the storyline.Suffice it to say that even a total lack or overabundance of plotwouldn't detract from its fascination quotient if you enjoy edginessand the unexpected, A side of NYC life never before portrayed onscreen. How "real" does it feel? Totally besides the point withdirection and acting of the highest caliber. Some of the best tales arestories you don't believe until after you've seen them played out;reality isn't what it's cracked up to be where thoughtful playfulnesstakes precedence. Despite the tag-line, there is indeed erotica at workon screen, but sexuality is never depicted for its own sake. Moreemotional than carnal knowledge gets exhibited here. Wonderfullydiverse soundtrack ranging from classical/opera to T-Rex and VelvetUnderground. Totally haunting film experience that's not a blockbusterbut needs to be seen by people who can appreciate "quirk." This filmshould become a cult classic at the very least and a long-running topicof conversation at cocktail parties. A "sleeper' in the best sense ofthe term. If you see it and "get it," you will enjoy bonding withothers of like minds.

  5. napierslogs from Ontario, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 12:43 am

    Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline) is "The Extra Man", but to him, he's an"essential man". He seems to live in a time and class that he doesn'tphysically occupy. Louis Ives (Paul Dano) would really just like to bea character in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. These characteristics wereso intriguing at the beginning of the film because there are a lot ofthoughtful and interesting directions to take it.

    They make a great pairing, except for the fact that Henry isn't justhomophobic, but proudly and defiantly, extremely homophobic, and Louisis proudly and completely confused. And neither of them understand thenature of their friendship. When the film chooses to explore Louis'inner transvestite and getting deeper into Henry's obsession as theessential man, everything just gets weird.

    "The Extra Man" is an extremely intelligent film. There was clearly alot of effort put into the writing, the characters, the acting and themaking of this film, but the weird directions it took were too much forme. I want to recommend it to those who like smart, philosophical, butweird, independent films. Just look out for some "sexually deviantbehaviour".

  6. avafradkin from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:43 am

    An interesting movie, full of off beat laughs and phenomenal acting byKevin Kline and Paul Dano and John C. Reilly. Intellectuallystimulating, fun, and most importantly, different than the averagemovie. Paul Dano is brilliantly cast as a young writer who has someconfusion about his sexuality and also feels he is meant to be inanother era. Kevin Kline is hilarious as an off beat character whosepolitical and social views are quite out of the ordinary. The movieallows the audience to ponder, while not being overly ambiguous. Thescene at the beach when John C. Reilly sings and Kevin Kline teachesPaul Dano to dance, is a keeper for my memory bank. "Get me off thisGodforsaken beach. I need alcohol and civilization".

  7. Gordon-11 from Hong Kong
    30 Mar 2012, 12:43 am

    This film is about a male playwright and part time escort who takes ona young professor with transvestite tendency as his flatmate.

    "The Extra Man" is an interesting look into the lives of three wackycharacters, but it does not offer much else. It is engaging enough tomake you keep watching, but it does not make you beg for more. The filmconcentrates on how the characters are at present, but it gives littleinsight into why they are the way they are. I expect that this kind offilm to be more introspective, but it is not. The weird interpersonalrelationships among all the characters are vaguely interesting, maybe Icannot get into them more because their universe is so far from mine.

  8. nama chakravorty from India
    30 Mar 2012, 12:43 am

    Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini's 'The Extra Man' is averagestuff… that had the potential to come out as a pure gem. But, thewriting is weak, especially in the final 30-minutes.

    'The Extra Man', based on a novel, tells the story of a failedplaywright, who develops an odd mentor relationship with a Louis Ives,a troubled, cross-dressing, aspiring writer to whom, he sublets a roomin his New York apartment.

    The idea, is fairly interesting, and it does hit the right points inthe beginning. But, after a point, the writing begins to lose. The pacesuddenly dips, and even the culmination comes out bland. Shari SpringerBerman & Robert Pulcini's adapted screenplay is flawed. Their directionis just about okay.

    Performance-Wise: Kevin Kline is damn good. He is the life of the show.Paul Dano does reasonably well, while John C. Reilly sports a hideousget-up. Katie Holmes is alright. Alicia Goranson is fair.

    On the whole, an average effort, that had great potential, but sadly,gets wasted due to weak writing. Watch it if you must!

  9. Burkay Adalig from Turkey
    30 Mar 2012, 12:43 am

    a great ensemble of good story and cinematography, well establishedcharacters, nice acting and well chosen soundtrack…I simply couldn'tfind out why its not a masterpiece. But you'll certainly see something'new'

    Paul Dano is brilliant in his role as Louis Ives, the young gentlemanwho struggles about his sexual identity and being born late to thisworld… Kevin Kline is great in playing the eccentric landlord.

    The story is great but it has some flaws in the script, such anoriginal movie should have had some catchy, clever lines. there shouldhave been more references to Fitzgerald and James since the characteris a teacher of English literature and basically lives the life of agentleman of old times

  10. Greg W. Locke from Fort Wayne, Indiana
    30 Mar 2012, 12:43 am

    I like the book. I like the directors. I like the actors. I like thelocation. And, I suppose, I generally like the visual style of thefilm. Seeing as how there are four legit movie star-level actors in thefilm (not to mention the expensive shooting locations), I suppose Iunderstand why the film had a $7 million budget … but, really, youdon't see that budget on the screen. In fact, aside from having mostlysolid cinematography, this is a very simple movie that could've beenmade for far less.

    But, like I was saying, I like the book enough that I can't call this abad movie – even if I do understand why others might. Kevin Kline isgreat in what is more or less a comedy of manners, his approachreminding me more so of, say, Withnail & I than American Splendor. PaulDano, who seems to be becoming something of a one-note actor, does hisbest with the flimsy adaptation, obviously doing all he can to believein the vision of the filmmakers (a vision I suspect EVERYONE on the setsecretly felt strange about at some point during the shoot).

    Between this film and HBO's "Bored to Death," I'm convinced that writerJonathan Ames has no business writing for the screen. Had someone like,I don't know, Woody Allen or Whit Stillman adapted Ames' book, I thinkthis movie would've stood a chance. But, to me, the only thing usefulabout the movie is Kline's often hilarious performance. And when I sayhilarious, I mean hilarious to a very small segment of viewers … fansof Allen, Stillman, Noah Baumbach and maybe Stephen Frears.

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