The Ladies Man

October 13th, 2000


The Ladies Man

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The Saturday Night Live character gets a big screen treatment.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 4.8/10 (7,516 voted)

Critic's Score: 22/100

Director: Reginald Hudlin

Stars: Tim Meadows, Karyn Parsons, Billy Dee Williams

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. They can't find another job. About that time, two things happen: he gets a letter from a wealthy former lover who offers to take care of him (but she doesn't sign her real name, so Leon, an inveterate Casanova, has no idea who she is), and a group of angry cuckolds, all of whom have surprised their wives in flagrante delicto with Leon (who has a distinctive tattoo on his booty), are closing in, armed and dangerous. Can he find the sugar mommy and escape the wrath of the mob of husbands? What about Julie?

Writers: Tim Meadows, Dennis McNicholas

Tim Meadows - Leon Phelps
Karyn Parsons - Julie Simmons
Billy Dee Williams - Lester
John Witherspoon - Scrap Iron
Jill Talley - Candy
Lee Evans - Barney
Will Ferrell - Lance DeLune
Sofia Milos - Cheryl
Eugene Levy - Bucky Kent
David Huband - Frank
Jammer - Wrestler
Ken Hudson Campbell - Hal (as Ken Campbell)
Kevin McDonald - Mail Man
Tamala Jones - Theresa
Julianne Moore - Audrey

Taglines: He's cool. He's clean. He's a love machine.


Official Website: Paramount [United States] cast, synopsis, trailer(Quicktime/Mediaplayer) |

Release Date: 13 October 2000

Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,426,390 (USA) (15 October 2000) (2022 Screens)

Gross: $13,592,872 (USA) (17 December 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

David Wells was to appear in a scene but it was deleted.

Continuity: When Miss Simmons is reading the letter from "Sweet Thing" she says "But I still remember" where the letter actually reads "but I've never forgotten".

Leon Phelps: So... you... don't want a fish sandwich?

User Review



I'm probably one of the few who thought this movie was hilarious. I mean, how can you NOT laugh at Will Ferrell and Lee Evans breaking into a song about how they're going to beat up the title character ("the bastard's going to pay!") The movie gets funnier and stranger in the second hour, when anything resembling a plot was apparently tossed out the window. Leon Phelps is a unique Saturday Night Live creation. If you don't expect much (as I did going in), you may just find yourself in stitches. Granted, this is not the stuff of classic comedy, but it's not the "one star" comedy that most critics called it.


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