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  • Actors: Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach, Helen FitzGerald
  • Directors: Jill Sprecher
  • Writers: Jill Sprecher, Karen Sprecher
  • Producers: Gina Resnick, Guy Collins, John Flock, John Quested, Karen Sprecher
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Wellspring Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JGWD5A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Clockwatchers" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Lisa Kudrow, Toni Collette, Parker Posey and Alanna Ubach star in this all too true comedy about life at the office. These four young temps try to maintain their sanity on the job while maintaining upward mobility in this gal-pal comedy.

Customer Reviews

The performances are outstanding, especially Toni Collette and Parker Posey.
Amazon Customer
Underlying the dark humor in the film are some powerful truths about the world of work.
SHAWN JAMES
I suggest that anyone who "wants" to temp see this film and run like hell.
keene9999

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lleu Christopher on May 5, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a mostly overlooked and underrated portrayal of the world of office temps. The beauty of this film is that, rather than hitting us with obvious plot devices, it slowly builds an atmosphere of oppression and monotony. The nameless company that employs and exploits the temps slowly chips away at the dreams, hopes and self-esteem of the characters. They are caught in an anonymous, meaningless life where the silliest of rules are ruthlessly enforced by petty tyrants. What's refreshing about Clockwatchers is the way it exposes the alienation of modern corporate life without resorting to the usual movie cliches. There is no sex, violence or even law suits here. It is seemingly trivial events, like the theft of small personal objects, that builds tension. There is also humor, the kind that fans of Dilbert will appreciate, as when a fired worker objects, "you can't fire me, you don't even know my name!" There is an existentialist feeling to the film, most notably verbalized by Parker Posey (a great addition to any independent film), who says something like, "I don't think anyone cares if I even exist." Clockwatchers is, I think, more than a movie about office temps. It's a commentary on our whole bureaucratic, atomized society. Along with Safe, another of my favorite films of the last decade (I'll proably review that one soon), Clockwatchers is a truly significant film about the modern world.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Hukal on May 24, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Reading the other reviews here, I felt compelled to submit my own. Clockwatchers is one of my favorite movies of 1998, perfectly capturing the aimlessness and degradation of being a temporary worker. I can't figure out the current trend of completely inaccurate movie synopses on video boxes (Muriel's Wedding, another Toni Collette favorite, is definitely not the madcap adventure the box would have you believe)... True, there are some truly great comic elements here, but THIS MOVIE IS NOT A COMEDY. i guess some of the other people expected a laff riot--this is definitely not it. Toni Collete's understated performance as sweet-but-shy iris is perfect. Parker Posey is hilarious as usual, playing the bitchy temp veteran. This movie is subtle, complex, well-developed, there is tons of foreshadowing and symbolism, the muzak-y score is perfect... again, this is definitely not a comedy, but it is one of the best and most thoughtful movies I've seen in some time.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2003
Format: DVD
As someone who has been both a "perm" and a "temp," I find much in "Clockwatchers" to be completely truthful. Where "Office Space" (a movie I also loved) offered a cathartic revenge fantasy, "Clockwatchers" dares to tell it like it is -- that dead-end jobs really have no way out or up -- even if it is dreary and depressing.
There is humor, but rather than the cartoonish humor of "Office Space," "Clockwatchers" shows the ridiculous in little everyday workplace happenings: playing with the adjustment mechanisms on your chair, popping sheets of bubble wrap, or using Liquid Paper as nail polish.
The weird combination of emotions that these temps go through -- hopelessness and ambition, despair and frivolity, anger mixed with s**t-eating grins -- are extremely realistic and something that those in a similar work situation can probably easily relate to. The performances are outstanding, especially Toni Collette and Parker Posey.
Highly recommended!
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Format: DVD
Clockwatchers is one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life. An inspired film full of original ideas, this thought-provoking brilliant satire that makes clever social commentary about how a workplace environment dehumanizes the people who work in it. Underlying the dark humor in the film are some powerful truths about the world of work.

Clockwatchers follows the story four temporary workers Iris, a shy woman contemplating her future in the working world, Margaret a brilliant free spirit whose dynamic personality hides her vulnerabilities, Paula, an older woman running out of time to achieve her dreams of becoming an actress, and Jane, a woman biding time with a job until she gets married to her dream man. Global Credit's indifferent employees don't see them as people with dreams and futures; just butts to fill seats so the company looks busy. So the four bide their time doing mindless tasks in this brain-numbing environment complete with tortuous lite muzak, bright florescent lights and drab gray furniture. Because they're temps no one sees them. To get a semblance visibility from someone in the company the four act in passive aggressive manner at work: Paula constantly breaking the copier with paper clips; Margaret's destroying the desk to state she was there, Jane's constant personal calls and Iris writing in a journal. To cope with the isolation on the job, the four temps become friends and even hang out after work.

As the women start to grow closer, they change: Iris grows out of her shyness, Margaret starts to actualize her potential as a leader, Paula starts making her move on the copier guy and working towards her acting career, and Jane starts to see an identity outside of her future husband.
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