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I wasn't expecting too much with this one, but was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great to see a movie go in a direction that is not expected, and if anyone tells you this movie is predictable, they are more than likely lying. Matt Dillon has turned into a solid actor these days, without being the marquee attraction of some lesser actors.Applegate and Zahn also add some weight to the movie, and a must see confrontation with the boss is a highlight who wouldn't want to do that . Highly recommended, if not at the cinema it will make a great Sunday night in on DVD!
the perfect movie (by killa23001)
I watched this movie without knowing what it was and what a surprise. It has everything from violence to comedy to drama with a plot that continually thickens and never slows. The screenplay is Oscar-worthy including a phenomenal performance by Zahn as well as notable performances by both Dillon and Applegate. I highly recommend this movie as long as you're not afraid of a little vulgarity and a lot of sick-minded humor. This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen and puts me in tears from laughing every time I watch it. Too bad no one has ever heard of it. Hopefully, it will draw <more>
wow i must say that this film was superb. excellent plot. brilliant twists. Steve Zahn played his part brilliantly as did Matt Dillon as an actor and narrator. it really is odd that i hadn't heard of this movie at all because the whole thing was completely unexpected and had a sense of humour about itself, almost being a kind of self-parody.at first i thought the whole thing was predictable but then the craziest things kept happening and it left me wanting more.i wont give away any of the storyline because that is what makes this movie great.i will however say that you should look out for <more>
the confrontation Matt Dillon has with his boss its funny as hell.all in all its a movie i would recommend anybody watch
The viewers who are reading this will be stupid to NOT see this movie... (by homer_pimpson)
Wow, this is probably one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life. The character development was sooo well done by all the actors and we now all know that Matt Dillion can act! and Christina Applegate sometimes But yeah. I was blown away. This movie got me SO into it I could not stop watching it. it was awesome. It is not a "Pulp Fiction Wannabe" like the other person tried to say, nothing like that. This movie kicks! Go out and rent it or buy it, I can't say enough about the movie. I tell you, Matt Dillion is just riveting in this film, you can't take your eyes off <more>
him literally If your up for a good crime/comedy. Take this home today!
"I got a plan, and it's just as good as God's " (by Anonymous_Maxine)
I have to admit that after about 20 minutes of this movie I was this close to just turning it off and moving on to The Grudge, which I watched right afterwards. Man, I'm glad I didn't, though, because this movie goes from pretty boring to not so bad to pretty good to VERY good. It's odd that this film has been so completely overlooked by critics and denounced by IMDb reviewers, who either understood how well-made this movie is especially the script, which is brilliant or it went completely over their heads and they couldn't wait to log on and berate the film as a total <more>
failure. One reviewer calls the movie "the dregs," but then again this genius also gave Memento probably one of the three best films released in 2000 a vote of 3/10, so utter cluelessness coming from this person is hardly lightning out of a clear sky for unexpectedness. Another user gave it a lukewarm response, but also called Lost In Translation a real yawner, American History X "waaaaaaaay overrated," A.I. "the most boring movie I've ever slept through," and the absolutely ridiculous 2003 Texas Chainsaw remake "one of the better slasher flicks" !! . Now, I hesitate to call this last user clueless, because he really seems like a nice guy I'm sure he's a good father as well , but his list of reviews betrays the fact that he may be wired completely backwards when it comes to movies. The Texas Chainsaw remake better than A.I., Lost in Translation, and American History X?? PLEASE. Now, I normally don't go on this much about what other people have to say about any given movie. Notice that I'm not getting into the two external reviews posted for the film Scott Weinberg and Movie House Commentary, at the time of this writing , which is amazing because they are both so completely wrong that it's difficult not to elaborate on my incredulous disbelief. It's sad that when a movie comes along that is actually well-written, so many people can't resist comparing it to a similar film that came out previously, completely ignoring the new film's good qualities and simply writing it off as a rip-off. This happened a lot with the wonderful comedy Runaway Bride, about which so many people immediately said things like "You know, I've seen this movie before...When it was called Pretty Woman" like it just absolutely must make them the cleverest person on earth. Personally, when I see a movie that looks stupid but turns out to be a very well-made thriller like Wild Things , I don't generally complain when a similar movie comes along, as long as it is also well-made and stands on its own, and Employee of the Month certainly does that. There are scenes in the movie that I thoroughly disliked, such as some stupid sex jokes, too much profanity, and anything involving dead people and jewelry, but Steve Zahn is great in his role, Matt Dillon gives a wonderful performance in a well-written character, and the plot twists start small and then get faster and faster and by the time they're done you're halfway through the end credits. People are really quick to criticize the twists in this movie. The twists are either too predictable or too unpredictable or there are too many of them or they're dumb or some other such nonsense. When the twists first started I was impressed by where the movie was going, because I thought it was going to be something completely different, but by the last one the movie had made very clear that many of the twists were done with tongue firmly in cheek, that you were meant to have a good time. This movie is all in good fun, and while it slips up by getting a little too vulgar for its own good from time to time, it most definitely deserves to be compared to Office Space, because it is certainly one of the great dark comedies.
I bought this movie without ever having seen it, and I am quite pleased with my purchase. I thought that it would be an "Office Space" knock-off, but I was completely wrong. Without giving much away, I can say that this is an edgy and quirky film against the corporate world, and the "American Dream" in general. The main character's struggle to decide whether to stay in the system or drop out is the main conflict of the movie, but it's the delightfully twisted characters and situations that round out the movie that make this a worthwhile view. It's easy to <more>
dismiss this film as "pseudo-intellectual," but I have found it one of the more stimulating films in my collection.
Sunday night I was at a friends house playing cards, he popped in a movie he rented, none of us had ever heard of it, he said he got it because on the box it mentioned something about being 'from the producers of Strangers with Candy' & we're all fans of that darkly-odd kind of humor. It was kinda funny, in-fact really funny in some parts. I read that one reviewer here was 'dissapointed' but I think that's because he was told ie: expecting it to be more like 'Office Space'. I wouldn't compare it to that, except that it's about a guy who just stops <more>
caring about his job & his life starts to unravel. To me it was more like 'Saving Silverman' or 'One night at Mcools', but it was allowed to be a bit more 'Suicide Kings'-like in its gritty darkness mixed with humor. Some people don't like it when a movie makes a sharp-cut from surreal & silly humor to dark & gritty violence in the span of a few beats, but I think its fine, I *like that* I think it keeps the viewer's attention when it takes quick unexpected turns like that, but thats just me. The only person from Strangers with Candy that I recognized was Stu the guy who has a beef but aside from wanting to see more SWC cast or writers, I enjoyed it & will rent it again and show it to others who like that kind of cynical-humor. Matt Dillion was great in this, as he was in 'drugstore cowboy' 'mcools' & 'to die for'...his voice-over narration really set the tone for the whole story that was being told.
It's all an illusion, dark comedy/drama with plot twists (by movieBill)
David Walsh Matt Dillon is a banking officer, who's life seems to go terribly wrong when his job review sandbags him and instead of being made employee of the month, he's fired. To make matters worst after work his fiancée, Sara Goodwin Christina Applegate confronts him with his infidelity, ends their relationship and tosses him out on the street. How could things get any worse or better ? His friend Jack seems to think things are finally moving in the right direction, all David needs now is a night of drinking, a handgun, and he'll be ready for some payback, unless a bank <more>
robbery interferes with his plans.The acting is very good, and in some scenes great, with Steve Zahn Jack stealing most of the scenes he's in. Peter Jason is also outstanding as Mr. Gartin the tough Bank VP. The humour is very black, and the dialog well written. From the opening scene and repeatedly during the film, the idea that life is an illusion is mentioned. But it's not until several unforeseen plot twists later that the viewer realizes that two separate plots have been simultaneously unfolding, or maybe not.If you like any of the cast, dark humour, good acting, a plot with twists and turns, then this is a little gem you should try out.
Mitch Rouse's "Employee of the Month" was a good discovery. Not having seen it when it was released, we took a chance at it the other night, and it paid off. Mr. Rouse is a man that has worked extensively on television, as well as his co-screen writer, Jay Leggett, who also has a minor role in the film. These men prove they can write and keep their public involved.The start of the film shows David and Sara toasting to their happiness, something that will be broken in the course of the movie. On the surface, we are watching David at his bank job. He seems to be successful and <more>
going places, until he receives the bad news from the bank's director that he is being fired because of his poor performance, when all indicates he is a good employee. On top of that, Sara, who is seen with her parents at a dinner in a restaurant, proceeds to tell him she is walking out on him because she has found out he is having an affair with Wendy, another bank employee, and a friend. How much can a guy take?The film then changes as David decides to take things into his own hands seeking justice. What we are not prepared for is for the deception on most of the people around, and even David seems to be guided by greed. The surprise ending, in retrospect, seems to make a lot of sense because David is outsmarted by the same ones we didn't have a clue were involved, at all.Matt Dillon is a good actor to watch. He carries the film because he is the most interesting character of all the ones we meet in the film. Steve Zahn, as the crazy Jack, does amazing things. Christina Applegate and Andrea Bendewald are also good as the duplicitous women who seem to have figured out their men and what make them tick.The film is great fun. Forget the expectations and just have a good time.