Film / Man of the House
"This is my happy face!" — Roland Sharp

A 2005 action/comedy film centered around a group of very hot and bubbly University of Texas cheerleaders who inadvertently witness a murder in connection with the shooting of a Texas Ranger. The danger of their situation makes their protection the responsibility of gruff, by-the-book Ranger and Badass Grandpa Roland Sharp, played by Tommy Lee Jones. As a cover for his detail, he moves into the group's sorority house under the guise of being their cheerleading coach. Hilarity Ensues.

Not to be confused with the 1995 family comedy/drama Man of the House, starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Chevy Chase.

Tropes used:

  • Badass Adorable: The girls by the end
  • Bare Your Midriff: Naval visibility must be maintained.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: After starting up the new air conditioner, a blink and miss by Mr. Sharp.
  • Beta Couple: Contemplating the vastness of the universe.
  • Brick Joke: Jimmy, who moves out.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Played straight in true Tommy Lee Fashion.
    Sharp: One thing you'll learn about me is I do not kid, or jest, or joke, or jape, or quip.
  • California Doubling: Completely averted, thanks to Jones's suggestion it be filmed in his home state. The film was even the first authorized to use the full name and branding of UT, and featured a cameo from the state's governor (see: Real Person Cameo below).
  • The Comically Serious: You have to ask?
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The five girls want to go to party. Sharp thinks they will not. Then they go to party, where we see another, much more traditional Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sharp needs only one witness. But Evie has her moments too.
  • December-December Romance: Not so December, but compared to the girls, it looks like that.
  • Dirty Cop: Getting winged in the arm by a conveniently unseen shooter during a hot pursuit is kind of a red-flag, but Agent Eddie Zane is revealed to be this shortly thereafter. Capt. Nichols seems to be appropriately suspicious, evading his requests for information on the witnesses and asking him pointedly, "How's the arm?"
  • Dumb Blonde: Barb starts like one, but it's averted by the end.
  • Earpiece Conversation: The date with Molly.
  • Fanservice: What do we expect from five cheerleaders?
  • Five-Man Band:
  • May-December Romance: Attempted by Barb.
  • Papa Wolf: Sharp. Specially when one of the girls is almost killed, and then his actual daughter is kidnapped...
  • Real Men Cook: After Sharp voices his dislike against the clothes, the underwear, the music, everything the girls do, nobody bats an eye when he cooks up a nice dinner.
  • Real Person Cameo: This was the film debut for Governor Rick Perry, playing himself as the Governor of Texas.
  • Really Gets Around: Heavily implied with Barb.
  • Reformed Criminal: And he became a priest! But kept some bad friends.
  • Spicy Latina: Teresa.
  • Tampon Run: With some help.
  • Token Minority: Teresa (Paula Garcés) fills the role of the token Spanish-interjecting Hispanic character, and Anne (Christina Milian) is the token African-American character.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Exaggerated when Eddie Zane shoots himself in the arm as a cover up for the sniper who inadvertently shot a Texas ranger.