|Jul. 16th, 2010 09:28 pm "The Extra Man" is Kevin Kline on his game|
"The Extra Man" is pure New York with a touch of Palm Beach Society. Kevin Kline excels as a master of Balderdash.Leave a comment
Paul (**Little Miss Sunshine**) Dano portrays Louis Ives, a girlie man of sorts in **The Extra Man,** a film that should satisfy the **Eat Pray Love** crowd. Based on the book by Jonathan Ames, **The Extra Man** reflects upon the elitist culture portrayed in Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald novels. Young Ives is mentored by Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline) who teaches his apprentice on the art of being **The Extra Man.**
Essentially, an **Extra Man** is a glorified freeloader, some one who gets into swanky parties and cotillions in either Upper East Side Manhattan or Palm Beach in the winter. Always a reliable gigolo to the eastside elite, Harrison introduces Ives to a coterie of quirky characters, among them; the horny Hart Sisters (Cathy Moriarty, Patti D'Arbanville) and the introvert Gershon (John C. Reilly). While paying his rent, Ives develops a crush with a coworker named Mary Powell (Katie Holmes), a devoted environmental crusader. In order to court Mary Powell, Ives must understand his own confused sexual psyche.
While lacking the marketing budget of **The Expendables** and **Eat Pray Love,** **La Soga** and **The Extra Man** will provide entertainment for their respective audiences.