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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.

The Extra Man
The Extra Man.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byShari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini
Produced byAnthony Bregman
Stephanie Davis
Rebecca Rivo
Shari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini
Jonathan Ames
Screenplay byShari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini
Jonathan Ames
Based onThe Extra Man
by Jonathan Ames
StarringKevin Kline
Paul Dano
Katie Holmes
John C. Reilly
Music byKlaus Badelt
CinematographyTerry Stacey
Edited byRobert Pulcini
Wild Bunch
3 Arts Entertainment
Likely Story
Tax Credit Finance
Distributed byMagnolia Pictures
Release date
  • January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25) (Sundance)
  • July 30, 2010 (2010-07-30)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7 million[1]
Box office$457,867[2]



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.[3]



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 divided critics. Film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes earned a 43 percent approval rating among 68 critics, with an average of 5.4 out of 10.[4] Rival aggregator Metacritic assigned a weighted score of 56 out of 100 based on 26 professional reviews.[5]


  1. ^ "The Extra Man (2010) - Box office / business". Internet Movie Database. October 31, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  2. ^ The Extra Man at Box Office Mojo Retrieved July 25, 2013
  3. ^ Michael Fleming (January 19, 2009). "Kline, Dano, Holmes join 'Extra Man'". Variety. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  4. ^ "The Extra Man (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "The Extra Man (2010)". Metacritic.

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