GenreComedy Music directorKlaus Badelt CountryUnited States
DirectorShari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini Release dateJanuary 25, 2010 (2010-01-25) (Sundance)
July 30, 2010 (2010-07-30) Based onThe Extra Man
by Jonathan Ames WriterRobert Pulcini (screenplay), Jonathan Ames (screenplay), Shari Springer Berman (screenplay), Jonathan Ames (novel) DirectorsShari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini CastKevin Kline (Henry Harrison), Paul Dano (Louis Ives), Katie Holmes (Mary Powell), John C. Reilly (Gershon Gruen), Dan Hedaya (Aresh), Lecy Goranson (Sandra) Similar moviesJupiter Ascending, Pitch Perfect 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Last Witch Hunter, The Avengers, Knock Knock
TaglineThey're not gigolos, they're gentlemen.
The extra man trailer
The Extra Man is a 2010 comedy film based on Jonathan Ames' novel of the same name. Written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the film stars Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes, and John C. Reilly.
A failed playwright, Henry Harrison, develops an odd mentor relationship with Louis Ives, a troubled, cross-dressing, aspiring writer to whom Henry sublets a room in his New York apartment. Henry teaches Louis the art of being an "extra man", accompanying and entertaining wealthy older women in their fanciful social lives. Along the way, Louis encounters an environmentally conscious co-worker, Mary Powell, and a jealous, eccentric neighbor, Gershon.
Kevin Kline as Henry Harrison
Paul Dano as Louis Ives
Katie Holmes as Mary Powell
John C. Reilly as Gershon Gruen
Patti D'Arbanville as Katherine Hart
Alicia Goranson as Sandra
Marian Seldes as Vivian Cudlip
Dan Hedaya as Aresh
Alex Burns as Brad
Jason Butler Harner as Otto Bellman
Lynn Cohen as Lois Huber
John Pankow as George
Jackie Hoffman as Pushy woman
Jonathan Ames as Gentleman
Filming took place in New York City between the end of February and the beginning of April 2009.
The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and released theatrically on July 30, 2010.
The film received mixed reviews. Film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes classified the film as "rotten" with a 43 percent approval rating among 68 critics, with an average of 5.4 out of 10. Rival aggregator Metacritic assigned a weighted score of 56 out of 100 based on 26 professional reviews.