Clockwatchers

Clockwatchers

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Director: Jill Sprecher

Cast: Jill Sprecher, Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow

     
 

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Four women reflect on their lowly place in the corporate caste system in this dryly satiric comedy. Iris (Toni Collette) is a college graduate who hasn't decided what she wants to do with her life, except that she doesn't want the job her father has lined up for her at a frozen food company. While pretending to look for other work, she signs on with a temp agency,

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Four women reflect on their lowly place in the corporate caste system in this dryly satiric comedy. Iris (Toni Collette) is a college graduate who hasn't decided what she wants to do with her life, except that she doesn't want the job her father has lined up for her at a frozen food company. While pretending to look for other work, she signs on with a temp agency, which sends her out to do office work for Global Credit, a particularly faceless corporation where the permanent employees go out of their way to avoid the temps. Iris is very much aware that she's at the bottom rung at Global, and she bonds with three other women in the temp pool. Paula (Lisa Kudrow) talks about her career as an actress and insists that she will only temp until one of her auditions pans out. Jane (Alanna Ubach) prattles on about her wealthy fiancé, although her friends are convinced that he's cheating on her. And Margaret (Parker Posey) is at once the rebel of the group, regarding her job and general office procedure with a barely disguised contempt, and the one who most desperately wants a "real" job with Global. When office supplies and various personal items start to disappear, all signs point to one of the temp workers (most likely Margaret), though none will own up to any wrongdoing. Clockwatchers was the directorial debut for filmmaker Jill Sprecher, who co-wrote the screenplay with her sister Karen Sprecher.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Why more films are not set in the office environment, where most human beings spend the bulk of their waking hours, is a cinematic puzzle. Seemingly serene and stifling on the surface, the carpeted walls and halls of the modern-day company are fraught with more romantic passion, political intrigue, and sheer comic possibility than is contained in the greatest works of Shakespeare. A handful of films are baffling Hollywood's marketing strategists in the late 20th century by bravely attempting to limn the cubicle set, ending up in the "underrated gem" file. Among them are Office Space (1999) and this little-seen treasure of a film, the writing and directing debut of Jill Sprecher (who penned the script with her sister Karen Sprecher). Perfectly capturing the spirit-murdering boredom of life at the bottom rung of the corporate food chain as well as the bizarre, niggling pettiness (fueled by raw, naked fear) of those higher up the ladder, Clockwatchers (1997) is sad, funny, and sharp as a box of requisitioned office tacks. Each of the four female leads is a standout, particularly independent film staple Parker Posey in the most complicated and least typified role. The real star of the Sprechers' film, however, is their script, clearly designed by a pair of siblings who have toiled in the wasteland of rolling chairs and coffee breaks and emerged to tell about it with sheer honesty. Maybe such "office films" aren't hits because they're just too painfully familiar, but art doesn't exist to reassure, and for a film as deceptively entertaining as it is, Clockwatchers asks some painful questions about the way people work at life and live at work.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
UPC:
0796019777797
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Genius Entertainment
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:36:00

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Festival background; "Man on the street" vignettes; Awards; Festival trivia

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toni Collette Iris
Parker Posey Margaret
Lisa Kudrow Paula
Alanna Ubach Jane
Helen FitzGerald Cleo
Joshua Malina Actor
Stanley de Santis Art
Jamie Kennedy Eddie
David James Elliott MacNamee
Debra Jo Rupp Barbara
Kevin Cooney Mr. Kilmer
Bob Balaban Milton Lasky
Paul Dooley Bud Chapman

Technical Credits
Jill Sprecher Director,Screenwriter
Carol Sue Baker Musical Direction/Supervision
Guy Collins Executive Producer
Jim Denault Cinematographer
John Flock Executive Producer
Edi Giguere Costumes/Costume Designer
Greta Grigorian Set Decoration/Design
Mader Score Composer
Pamela Marcotte Production Designer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Stephen Mirrione Editor
Eric Mofford Asst. Director
John Quested Executive Producer
Gina Resnick Producer
Karen Sprecher Co-producer,Screenwriter
Christopher M. Taylor Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Clockwatchers
2. Opening Credits [5:55]
3. Louise's Desk [9:02]
4. Hit the Buffet [8:24]
5. The New Girl [9:18]
6. Staff Meeting [12:26]
7. Another Day [6:00]
8. The Bridal Shower [4:31]
9. Things Go Missing [8:44]
10. My Whole Life Is Here [6:47]
11. Routine Desk Search [7:03]
12. After Jane Left [10:40]
13. End Credits [4:37]

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Clockwatchers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie very much. When you watch it you get to see what each girls life is like, and how each girl just wants to be somebody or make their mark in the world. Also how that one job showed everybody something new and how to reach for their goal which was hard to get on their own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have rented and watched the movie more than three times. I found it very truthful to the real life of twenty- something singles. It is simple, funny, and real. I recommend this movie whole-heartedly.