Management, starring Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston is an odd little number about a traveling art saleswoman named Sue Claussen. She (Aniston) makes a pit stop at a random local motel run by a cute little married couple and their son, Mike (Zahn). Mike is stricken by the beautiful Sue and makes very off centered attempts to gain her favor. His skills at attracting the opposite sex leave a whole heck of a lot to be desired and his late night "complimentary wine and champagne" deliveries to Ms. Claussen’s room come off as desperate and pathetic. It seems, however, our art seller Sue has become bored with life and sees Mike as a sad little man who could use a break. She gives him a bit of a taste of what he’s after and then heads out on her merry way with the mindset that she will probably never hear from Mike again. Unfortunately (or is it?) for her, Mike has fallen deeply in love and can think of nothing else but her. He spends every cent he has on a one-way plane ticket to chase the girl of his dreams. She is not as enthused to see him as he had hoped she would be and his impassioned pleas of love fall on seemingly deaf ears. Through years of rejection after rejection and even after Sue gets knocked up by and marries her ex-punk rock turned yogurt magnate boyfriend (Woody Harrelson), Mike cannot seem to let go of his dream girl. Will his efforts ultimately be in vain or will his affable charm and unique outlook give Sue a new idea of what life could be?
As off the wall ridiculous as this is, I liked it. I mean, under normal circumstances our hero would be rotting away in jail cell after being nabbed for stalking. Honestly, Zahn travels several times around the country chasing after Aniston after she has repeatedly told him they have no future. He shows up at her work, he tracks down where she lives; he hangs out outside of her residence singing love songs and even invites himself into her boyfriend’s home for dinner. Some may see it as cute or romantic, and it is when seen on screen, but it’s ridiculous to think that anyone would act in real life as Jennifer Aniston’s character does here.
The soundtrack of a film usually catches my fancy whether it is good or bad, because I am a pretty big music fan. This film contained one of those moments that would have been like any other scripted piece of romance, but when set off by music the whole situation is heightened. The song "Cookie Jar", at the end of the film sets off the scene so brilliantly that you wont be able to not be touched. It is a fitting end to a fine scene.
Like I said before, as crazy as this thing is, I like it. Steve Zahn does well as the lovable loser type who you just can’t help but root for, and Aniston surprised me here with the way she played her character. There isn’t a lot of depth, although a few of the comic relief moments had me cracking a smile. The beauty of this thing, however, is in how it comes together as a whole. When you take this movie at face value from start to finish, chances are you’re going to like it. I did.
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