The Ladies Man (2000)

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Because of his salacious language, late-night radio advice-show host Leon Phelps, along with his sweet and loyal producer Julie, is fired from his Chicago gig. Leon gets a letter from a former lover promising a life of wealth, but he doesn't know who she is. Can Leon find his secret sugar-mama? What about Julie?

"The Ladies Man" is an American comedy movie released in 2000. Directed by Reginald Hudlin and based upon a Saturday Night Live sketch, the movie stars Tim Meadows, who co-wrote the script together with Dennis McNicholas and Andrew Steele. Karyn Parsons, Billy Dee Williams, and Will Ferrell likewise feature in essential roles, with a number of cameo appearances by other significant stars. The funny and frequently farcical narrative follows the (mis)adventures of radio talk-show host and self-proclaimed women' guy Leon Phelps (Tim Meadows).

Leon Phelps is a big-hearted casanova and a popular late-night radio talk-show host. His distinct brand name of suggestions on love and relationships, while popular among women, is viewed as outrageous by the management of the radio station, leading to his termination. Now out of work and loveless, Phelps along with his manufacturer and friend, Julie Simmons (Karyn Parsons), starts a mission to recover their area on the airwaves.

The plot gets complicated when Phelps gets an anonymous "sweet love" letter from someone declaring to be his former fan, offering him a fortune. The catch is, Phelps, with his elegant romantic past, can't determine who the letter author is. As Phelps tries to rediscover the sender, several of his former, and scorned, lovers, led by the pro-wrestler Lance Ferrell (Will Ferrell), form a "victims of Phelps" assistance club, pledging to take revenge.

In the taking place mayhem and comedy, Phelps, while evading the mad husbands and partners, finds that the mystical benefactor is none aside from his best friend Julie. In the climax, Phelps admits his love for Julie and discovers a life-altering lesson about love and relationships. The pair then uses the fortune to open their own pub (The Leon-Phelps School for Lovers) returning to the airwaves, albeit via a more conventional medium, to continue using their popular, if unconventional, relationship suggestions.

Critical Reception
"The Ladies Man" got combined reviews from critics. While the efficiencies of Meadows, Parsons, and Ferrell, were applauded, the general story came under some criticism with reviewers keeping in mind the difficulty in extending what was originally a brief funny sketch into a full-length feature film. Audiences appreciated the movie's humor and irreverence, and the efficiency of Tim Meadows was often singled out for appreciation. In spite of this, "The Ladies Man" stopped working to make a significant mark at the box-office.

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