Directed by Stephen Herek, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Cedric the Entertainer, Christian Milian, Paula Garcés, Monica Keena, Vanessa Ferlito, Kelli Garner, Anne Archer, Brian Van Holt and Shea Whigham.

Worth a laugh or two, and filled with a host of entertaining characters, 'Man of the House' captures, with an energetic streak, the vast gap between the sexes and indeed between the mindset of two different generations. Here, the ever-impressive Tommy Lee Jones takes centre-stage amongst a group of teenage girls.

Protecting some very high-maintenance cheerleaders may be the kind of job that a new recruit to the force would snap up eagerly, but for a set-in-his-ways Texas Ranger it's the ultimate nightmare. When a group of University of Texas cheerleaders accidentally witness a murder, that has resulted from police corruption and underworld dealings, Roland Sharp (Jones) is considered the best man to keep them out of harm's way. But he didn't bank on moving in with the five ladies and being educated in the benefits of exfoliation and manicures.

But he's not the only one who is in for a shock. Unable to go on dates and keep up the social life that is their cheerleader responsibility, Anne (Milian), Teresa (Garcés), Evie (Keena), Heather (Ferlito) and Barb (Garner) soon learn that Sharp is a man of his word, one who doesn't relish his rules being broken.

Cedric the Entertainer pops up as Percy Stevens, a supposedly reformed criminal who has turned to preaching, but is finding it hard to make a break from his criminal allies - delivering some witty lines and amusing dance moves. Posing as a cheerleading coach in his undercover role, Jones' character endears himself as the steadfast leader who melts under the pressure of female charm, even allowing the girls to groom him for a date with their teacher Molly (Archer).

It's not your all-action, suspense-filled sort of tale, and what twists lie ahead are fairly predictable. But that said, you'll find yourself laughing along with the antics, as Sharp is given a run-down on the 'hottie' rating of every ex-convict in the police mugshot books and treated to explanations of the all-important 'in the zone' diets.

Candy for the mind, 'Man of the House' is passable fare, throwing up a few laughs, not all that much cheerleading and a happy-ever-after-style ending. So, it might not leap off the screen and grab hold of you, but it's more than just watchable.

Linda McGee