Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month

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Director: Mitch Rouse

Cast: Matt Dillon, Steve Zahn, Christina Applegate

     
 
The directorial debut of actor/writer Mitch Rouse (Comedy Central's Strangers With Candy), Employee of the Month stars Matt Dillon as David Wells, a hapless guy whose day seems to be getting more and more out of control. After getting his life straightened out with a job he loves at a bank and beautiful fiancée (Christina Applegate), David is convinced

Overview

The directorial debut of actor/writer Mitch Rouse (Comedy Central's Strangers With Candy), Employee of the Month stars Matt Dillon as David Wells, a hapless guy whose day seems to be getting more and more out of control. After getting his life straightened out with a job he loves at a bank and beautiful fiancée (Christina Applegate), David is convinced he's got it made. Unfortunately, things take a distinct turn for the worse when he is dumped and fired all in the same day. Enter David's best friend, Jack (Steve Zahn), an oddball who makes his living stealing from corpses. Jack is determined to help cheer up David, but when a bank robbery and a large sum of cash enter the picture, it begins to become apparent that the disastrous and madcap events have only just begun. Employee of the Month premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

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If there's anything to be taken from this jumbled straight-to-DVD release, it's that writer-director Mitch Rouse just loves that flashy slow-fast-slow editing trick, where an ordinary action revs up to triple speed for a few frames, then returns to normal. Rouse uses that trick a good dozen times in Employee of the Month. It has no narrative value, there only to catch your eye. But it does have metaphorical value for Rouse's film, which zips through the important sections, but lingers interminably on dull character development and red herring subplots. Employee of the Month also takes a flavor-of-the-minute approach to its genre, flopping around between black comedy, character drama and heist movie, none of it very convincing. What's more, the title has almost nothing to do with the events of the movie, making the confusion complete. Rouse's cast is the best thing going for Employee of the Month, as Matt Dillon, Steve Zahn and Christina Applegate all try reasonably hard to make the movie work, with Dillon even playing a burn victim -- extra points for seriousness. This is no doubt an attempt to give his character depth, but otherwise, has nothing meaningful to do with the film's themes or anything that happens. A more relevant trait is the fact that Zahn's character perpetrates scams involving the dead or dying -- stealing jewelry from corpses at accident scenes (while disguised as a coroner) and running action on which terminal patient is likely to die first. But it's only relevant because it gets at the mean spirit of this toxic little movie, which thinks Zahn's character is just kind of quirky-funny. Actually, he's the lowest form of bottom feeder.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2005
UPC:
0031398169222
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation; 5.1 Dolby Digital surround; Photo gallery; Trailer; Scene selections; Interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Dillon David Walsh
Steve Zahn Jack
Christina Applegate Sarah
Peter Jason Mr. Gartin
Andrea Bendewald Wendy
David Pasquesi Actor
Dave Foley Actor
Jenna Fischer Actor
Fiona Gubelmann Actor
Renee Albert Actor
Jay Leggett Actor
Paul Dooley Actor
Mary Joan Negro Actor

Technical Credits
Mitch Rouse Director,Screenwriter
Blythe Cappello Casting
Erin Cochran Art Director
Eric Cochran Art Director
Betsy Danbury Co-producer
Doug DeAngelis Score Composer
Richard L. Fox Asst. Director
Sandy Gendler Sound Editor
Kevin Haskins Score Composer
Jay Leggett Co-producer,Screenwriter
Susan E. Lomeno Set Decoration/Design
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Tom Nunan Producer
Tony Nunan Producer
Aaron Osbourne Production Designer
John Peters Cinematographer
Cathy Schulman Producer
Genevieve Tyrrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Hughes Winborne Editor
Bob Yari Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [10:36]
2. The Bank [2:53]
3. "You're Fired!" [6:33]
4. Jack's Job [7:18]
5. "Relax." [7:00]
6. "It's Over." [5:14]
7. The Strip Club [11:07]
8. The Motel [10:44]
9. "Get What You Deserve" [3:40]
10. Last Day [8:51]
11. Hold Up [5:19]
12. Unlikely Hero [2:07]
13. The Plan [3:11]
14. Goodbye [5:18]
15. Clean Up [2:16]
16. End Credits [5:50]

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Employee of the Month 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure why I never saw this in the theatre. My brother recommended it. Its one of the best funniest dark comedies I've ever seen. You won't be disappointed .