History Film / TheFamilyMan

12th Nov '16 11:04:47 AM Basara-kun
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Not to be confused with the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.

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Not to be confused with the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Also, the AlternateUniverse Jack Campbell goes [[FamilyMan straight to this trope and the film title]].
23rd Oct '16 6:54:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* FamilyMan: [[MarriedToTheJob A successful but lonely businessman]] who has a WhatIf scenario in which he has a family with his ex-girlfriend from college instead being a successful man he's now.
23rd Oct '16 6:51:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ForWantOfANail: The entire meaning of Jack's alternate life, or ''glimpse''.

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* ForWantOfANail: The entire meaning of Jack's alternate life, or ''glimpse''. What if he stayed with his girlfriend Kate in the United States rather than travel to London to jumpstart his career in finance?
23rd Oct '16 6:48:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ItsAWonderfulPlot: An [[InvertedTrope Inversion]].

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* ItsAWonderfulPlot: An [[InvertedTrope Inversion]]. Jack is shown how much fuller and happier his life would be had he stayed with his girlfriend after college rather than moving to London and starting his rich-but-lonely life and career as a high-powered stockbroker.
23rd Oct '16 6:46:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* MarriedToTheJob: In Jack's original life, he didn't really have anything outside of his job as a high-level Wall Street executive. He even spends Christmas Night alone because he doesn't have anywhere to go. His boss plays this straight too, though he proudly claims that it's because he's simply a heartless bastard.

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* MarriedToTheJob: In Jack's original life, he didn't really have anything outside of his job as a high-level Wall Street executive. He even spends Christmas Night alone because he [[LonelyAtTheTop doesn't have anywhere to go.go]]. His boss plays this straight too, though he proudly claims that it's because he's simply a heartless bastard.
23rd Oct '16 6:44:30 AM Morgenthaler
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''The Family Man'' is a 2000 "WhatIf" film starring NicolasCage, Tea Leoni and Don Cheadle in which Cage plays Jack Campbell, a wealthy Wall Street executive who hears from his old college girlfriend and wonders [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what might have been]]. He has a fateful meeting with a man who magically sends him to an AlternateUniverse where he married his college girlfriend.

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''The Family Man'' is a 2000 "WhatIf" film starring NicolasCage, Creator/NicolasCage, Tea Leoni and Don Cheadle in which Cage plays Jack Campbell, a wealthy Wall Street executive who hears from his old college girlfriend and wonders [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what might have been]]. He has a fateful meeting with a man who magically sends him to an AlternateUniverse where he married his college girlfriend.



* LonelyAtTheTop: Jack's life after moving to London in 1987.
* MagicalNegro: Cash.
* MarriedToTheJob

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* LonelyAtTheTop: Jack's life after moving to London in 1987.
1987, although he doesn't realize it until he's shown [[ItsAWonderfulPlot what might have been]] had he not embarked on his high-powered Wall Street career.
* MagicalNegro: Cash.
Cash is the black man who sends Jack to a WhatIf universe to show him what his life might have been if he had taken different choices. It's never stated, though implied, that he's a Jack's guardian angel.
* MarriedToTheJobMarriedToTheJob: In Jack's original life, he didn't really have anything outside of his job as a high-level Wall Street executive. He even spends Christmas Night alone because he doesn't have anywhere to go. His boss plays this straight too, though he proudly claims that it's because he's simply a heartless bastard.



* OpinionChangingDream

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* OpinionChangingDreamOpinionChangingDream: A mysterious man named Cash shows Jack an alternate life where he chose to start a family with his college girlfriend Kate rather than become a Wall Street executive who doesn't yet realize he's LonelyAtTheTop. Cash describes this as a "glimpse" and thus only temporary, but Jack does wake up in the same place and time before the glimpse began, his downtown bachelor's apartment. The experience leads him to track down Kate and reconnect with her after by giving a heartfelt description of the life he saw they had together.
21st Oct '16 1:13:15 PM Morgenthaler
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* AmbitionIsEvil
13th Oct '16 12:19:13 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* GenreSavvy: Annie knows right away that this Jack isn't really her father, since he seems confused by everything.
13th Dec '14 8:14:09 PM maxwellsilver
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The film is similar to ItsAWonderfulLife because it starts on Christmas Eve. Moreover, by the end, Jack learns that living a quiet [[HappilyEverAfter happy family life]] is preferable to achieving [[LonelyAtTheTop success and wealth at work]].

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The film is similar to ItsAWonderfulLife ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' because it starts on Christmas Eve. Moreover, by the end, Jack learns that living a quiet [[HappilyEverAfter happy family life]] is preferable to achieving [[LonelyAtTheTop success and wealth at work]].
8th Dec '14 9:13:54 AM firejewel
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* ActorAllusion: It's probably not a coincidence that Nic Cage was in both this and PeggySueGotMarried.
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