The Ladies Man (2000 film)

The Ladies Man

Theatrical poster
Directed by Reginald Hudlin
Produced by Lorne Michaels
Written by Tim Meadows
Dennis McNicholas
Andrew Steele
Starring Tim Meadows
Karyn Parsons
Billy Dee Williams
Tiffani Thiessen
Lee Evans
Will Ferrell
Music by Marcus Miller
Cinematography Johnny E. Jensen
Edited by Earl Watson
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
October 13, 2000 (2000-10-13)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $24 million[1]
Box office $13.7 million[1]

The Ladies Man is a 2000 American comedy film that stars actor, comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Tim Meadows. It was directed by Reginald Hudlin. The movie focuses on the exploits of radio host and sex therapy expert Leon Phelps, a character Meadows developed on SNL. The film was a critical and financial flop.


Leon Phelps (the "Ladies Man") was a Saturday Night Live character played by Tim Meadows during the 1990s. The sketch was that of a broadcast program in which Phelps, a young, suave black man, would give dubious romantic advice and lovemaking tips.[2] The Ladies Man openly proclaimed that he would court any woman at all including skanks, providing the woman weighs no more than 250 pounds. A night of romance would generally center around a bottle of Courvoisier.

After finally going too far during a broadcast, Leon is fired, but he receives a note from one of his former flames who wants him to come back to her—and is willing to support him in high style. This sounds just fine with Leon, except that the woman didn't sign her name, and now Leon has to backtrack through his numerous conquests of the past and figure out who wants him to work his love magic. Meanwhile, a secret group called the Victims of the Smiling Ass (V.S.A. for short), consisting of the angry husbands and boyfriends who've been cuckolded by Leon, have discovered Leon as their target and are now hot on his trail, eager to get revenge.


Box office

The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making US$5.4 million in its opening weekend.[3]


The Ladies Man was heavily panned by critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 11% based on reviews from 72 critics, with the average score of 3.2 out of 10. The critical consensus reads, "The Ladies Man joins the growing list of mediocre movies based on SNL skits. It just doesn't have enough material to last the length of the movie."[4] Roger Ebert gave the film 1 star out of a possible 4: "The character, with his disco suits and giant afro, is funny on TV--but then so are most of the recurring "SNL" characters; that's why the show recycles them. At feature length, Leon loses his optimistic charm and slogs through a lame-brained formula story that doesn't understand him."[5]

See also


  1. 1 2 "The Ladies Man". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  2. "Tim Meadows". 1961-02-05. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
  3. Natale, Richard (2000-10-23). "'Parents' Gets In the Last Word With Moviegoers". Los Angeles Times.
  4. "The Ladies Man Movie". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
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