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The Family Man is a 2000 comedy-drama film directed by Brett Ratner and starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni. Cage produced the film under his Saturn Films production company.
The film centers on a man, who sees what could have been had he made a different decision thirteen years ago. It is similar to It's a Wonderful Life in that it begins on Christmas Eve with a life-and-death situation, involving a supernatural being, who tries to convince the main character into taking an earnest look at his life. Moreover, in the end, the protagonists in both movies conclude that living a quiet family life is preferable to achieving success and wealth at work.
The film has also been compared to Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol in that the protagonist is a greedy man who cares little about anyone except himself and then has his life outlook completely changed after a series of real-life "what if?" experiences.
Jack Campbell is a single, wealthy Wall Street mergers and acquisitions (M&A) executive living the high life in New York City. In his office at Christmas Eve, he is surprised to hear that his former girlfriend, Kate, tried to call him after many years. That night after work, he walks...