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Film / Man of the House

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"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).
  • 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.

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