As for the bad guy who's supposed to be propelling the plot by chasing after the girls, you might understandably forget he exists. The film does for long stretches of time, focusing instead on Sharp and his charges as they bond.
Had director Stephen Herek lived up to the talent he displayed in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and had the screenwriters shown an ounce of wit, "Man of the House" could at least have generated some suspense. Jones does his best with the substandard material, giving his character from "The Fugitive" a "Kindergarten Cop" twist, but there's only so much he can do to generate audience interest in this snoozer of a movie. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Archer, Cedric the Entertainer and Christina Milian. Directed by Stephen Herek. Written by John J. McLaughlin, Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone. Produced by Todd Garner, Steven Reuther and Allyn Stewart. A Columbia release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference. Running time: 98 min