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Rick
     

Rick

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Director: Curtiss Clayton, Bill Pullman, Aaron Stanford, Agnes Bruckner

Cast: Curtiss Clayton, Bill Pullman, Aaron Stanford, Agnes Bruckner

 

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The amoral world of a handful of Wall Street businessmen is delineated in this black comedy written by Lemony Snicket creator Daniel Handler. Rick takes as its central character a mid-level manager (Bill Pullman) working in a nameless corporation for a boss, Duke (Aaron Stanford), who's nearly half his age. Duke and Rick are constantly one-upping each

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The amoral world of a handful of Wall Street businessmen is delineated in this black comedy written by Lemony Snicket creator Daniel Handler. Rick takes as its central character a mid-level manager (Bill Pullman) working in a nameless corporation for a boss, Duke (Aaron Stanford), who's nearly half his age. Duke and Rick are constantly one-upping each other around the office; compounding their contentious relationship is the fact that Duke is pursuing Rick's daughter, Eve (Agnes Bruckner), a teenager who frequents Internet sex-chat rooms. Rick thinks he has found the solution to his work problems in Buck (Dylan Baker), an old college buddy who's become a paid hitman; for a fee, he'll take care of anyone who comes between Rick and his climb up the corporate ladder. But when a jilted job interviewee (Sandra Oh) puts a hex on Rick, it seems his good fortune may come to an end.

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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Rick starts out as an entertainingly scabrous anti-capitalist satire, along the same lines as Mary Harron's American Psycho but played more for laughs. The opening scenes -- involving Rick (Bill Pullman), his callow, sex-obsessed young boss, Duke (Aaron Stanford), a disastrous job interview, and the subsequent encounter with Michelle (Sandra Oh), the humiliated prospective employee -- are a bitterly funny and trenchant critique of white-male corporate culture, and the satire only sharpens when Rick encounters his old schoolmate, Buck (the ever reliable Dylan Baker), who offers Rick his services while pointedly avoiding stating what it is he does. But after a promising beginning, the plot kicks in, and the film begins to unravel. Screenwriter Daniel Handler, of Lemony Snicket fame, has a sharp ear for corporate logo-speak, and cinematographer Lisa Rinzler captures the gleaming grandiosity of the milieu. Pullman does an admirable job with tricky material, as does the very watchable Agnes Bruckner as Rick's daughter, Eve. Stanford's role is more cartoonish, and he doesn't quite pull it off. Oh and Baker shine in smaller, keenly written roles; however, the main problem is tone. After the mean-spirited opening, it's nearly impossible to make Rick sympathetic, but the filmmakers try, giving him an unconvincing past family tragedy and playing up his devotion to Eve. In hewing to the general outline of Rigoletto's plot, the film sacrifices suspension of disbelief, as the baroque twists of the opera don't jibe with the contemporary corporate setting. While flawed, Rick is an admirable effort that offers, at least for a while, a stinging respite from the typical mushy Hollywood-style comedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
UPC:
0758445905922
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Showtime Ent.
Time:
1:33:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Pullman Rick O'Lette
Aaron Stanford Duke
Agnes Bruckner Eve
Sandra Oh Michelle
Dylan Baker Buck
Paz de la Huerta Actor
Marianne Hagan Actor
Emmanuelle Chriqui Actor

Technical Credits
Curtiss Clayton Director,Editor
Roger Bobb Asst. Director
Ruth Charny Producer
Jim Czarnecki Producer
Daniel Handler Screenwriter
Heidi Loeffler Set Decoration/Design
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Theresa Radka Sound/Sound Designer
Alysia Raycraft Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Reichman Score Composer
Lisa Rinzler Cinematographer
John Schmidt Executive Producer
Sofia Sondervan Producer

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Rick 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is pointless, for many reasons. Not the least of which is that it's a bad bastardization of Victor Hugo's Le Roi s'Amuse (and Verdi's Rigoletto). It gets off to an intriguing start, though. Meet Rick (Bill Pullman) - the office jerk. He's a fairly unlikable guy, but that's because his wife was killed. Rick is also pushed around by his less-talented, half-his-age boss. So an old schoolmate says for $10,000 he'll kill any one person of his choosing. What do you do? If you're Rick, you let yourself get pushed into something you don't want to do, and you make racial slurs on not one but two occasions to Sandra Oh, keep her from getting a new job and get her fired from her old one. So it's kind of hard to root for old Rick. This film seems to want to tell us something, some truth about the human condition, but what? That all receptionists are mean? That all bosses are evil? That they always have clichéd, drunkard wives? That you can never get over the loss of a loved one? That grieving people are easily manipulated? That it's okay to be racist against Asians? That there are no good people, anywhere, ever? In the end, it's a waste of the acting talents of Bill Pullman, Agnes Bruckner, Sandra Oh, and Dylan Baker.