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April 29, 2009

Management

Management-poster Disarmingly clever performances from Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston bring out the emotional highs of writer/director Stephen Belber's modest but effective romantic comedy. Zanh plays Mike, an immature thirty-something man/boy who lives and works at his parents' Arizona motel. Visiting corporate ice queen Sue (Aniston) stirs Mike's sense of romance, and he oddly melts just enough of her stoic veneer to grab a toe-hold on some part of her brittle yet charitable heart. Even with a limited budget, Mike jumps through life-altering hoops in pursuit of his one true love. Belber gives the comedy time to seed in and transform seemingly clumsy subplots and secondary characters into necessary elements for a well-orchestrated story. "Management" is a keeper.

(Samuel Goldwyn Films) Rated R. 90 mins. (B) (Three Stars)

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Fits the Zeitgeist of today's reluctant adults and inspires those who feel lost to rediscover passion and the pursuit of happiness. Full of whimsy and humor, like life. Anniston is subtle in her restraint, a stranger to herself, and Zahn is zany enough to thaw her icy veneer. It leaves you remembering the times you were braver than you knew you could be.

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