34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Although not a masterpiece, I gave 5 stars for its great dialogue, good acting, well planned storyline that holds up with repeated viewings and the fact that this movie stayed with me. This movie is a dark "in your face" comedy with well defined yet way out there characters. I know other reviewers have provided a synopsis but here's mine: basically it's a story of a man, David Walsh, on the fringe of society who attempts to live the American Dream (good job, nice house, beautiful wife, etc.) and manages to actually live it for a while until a corporate weasel steps in and subsequent decisions made by David seal his fate. For me, this quirky film is one that defines the appeal of the independent genre. No quarter was given on ANY issue and Lions Gate Entertainment studio deserves credit for having guts to put this movie out there. No politically correct jokes found here......or situations for that matter. There is so much offensive behavior to be found that it would take up too much space to list it all and yet that is kind of one of the points of this movie. You almost feel guilty for laughing out loud at certain spots. I can certainly see why this film did not do well at the box office, no on would want to admit in public that certain dialogues or scenes while being offensive were also funny. Yes, there are gay, anti-woman and other the comments made but nothing is relayed with malice, just realism with a twist of dark comedy. Yet to say that this movie is just a dark comedy is to miss the underlying seriousness of the script, which is intelligent by the way. Social commentary is brilliantly interwoven in some very disturbing ways. The themes of the American Dream being just that, a dream and not realistic; people being really worse then what you think (we see David's friend while pretending to be a Coroner, steal from the recently departed at an accident scene and then we learn that the real Coroner is not only a party to this offensive behavior but invades peoples privacy at their death bed by taking photos of them and holding gambling death pools, and I won't even go into the further atrocities committed); past behavior/karma has a way of catching up to you; Corporate America is not something to aspire to; and, that you can change before its too late are all there. Any now a word about violent content - HIGH. In certain scenes violence is expected but delivered in unexpected ways. To sum up, if you are easily offended or violence upsets you, this is a movie you need to pass on. If you are tired of watching the same old movies and want to try something different then "Employee of the Month" is the one to grab. The director and co-writer (Mitch Rouse) presents a highly polished gem of a movie that breaks barriers with its own unique style. Yes, this movie did remind one of the Coen Brothers but it never imitated just paid homage. This is a movie that should be seen as long as you know what you are getting into.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2006
David Welsh(Matt Dillon) has a tough day. He gets fired from his job, loses his financee and even has his car stolen by a call girl. But, he has a plan. One that will include telling off his former boss, revenging the severe burns he received as a child and land the real girl of his dreams. What could go wrong???
This is "EMployee of the Month"
The film is pretty good because of all the twists involved in the plot. My biggest problem with the film was that these "twists" don't actually take place until the last 10 minutes of the film. The rest is kinda slow moving and struggles to keep the viewers attention. So, in an effort to make the film feel fast moving, the writers added constant techno music to the score, which I found to be extremly annoying.
The acting is pretty good, especially Christina Applegate. I find it amazing to see what a great actress she has become. From her early days as Kelly Bundy on the great "Married with CHildren" to roles such as this and her role in "Anchorman"; she really is fun to watch. Steven Zahn("Riding in Cars with Boys") also gives a good performance.
Overall, I would say this film is worth the watch, not the buy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2006
This was a great little straight to video film. Great acting, great story. Go out and rent this film today. I don't understand all these people who gave it one star were thinking but hey these are the same people who gave Scarface one star and called it pure garbage and are the same people who gave Kill Bill one star but gave Gangs of New York 5 stars. Some people got their heads up their butts. So go out and rent it and I will bet you will find yourself loving this film.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2005
I love dark twisted comedies. the script was excellent with excellent performances. you really have to have a sick sense of humor to enjoy this movie. its amusing to see the characters in the movie, do things in a non-chalant matter of fact way(like its normal!!). there are many hidden agendas!(can you trust anyone? everyone?) basically, see the movie with an open mind(people who are warped-excluded). just sit back and enjoy what the characters do and ask yourself(what would I have done). *note:----*when the credits start to roll, make sure you watch everything(do not turn the movie off). much to enjoy.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2005
Those who hated this movie must be the people that love the predictable, formula, cookie-cutter, cliche and usually boring remakes and sequels and clones of other movies. This highly original screenplay covers new ground in a refreshing, off-beat way, and the actors are up to the challenge.
Yes, the behaviour of the characters will seem inappropriate from the beginning. And the people who aleays walk out of the theater BEFORE the credits start rolling will not understand anything they just witnessed, because the characters motivations and secrets are not revealed until during the final credits. The movie "Wild Things" which also starred Matt Dillon, resolved all of the surprising plot twists in this manner, during the end credits. This is a far more valuable use of space than the usual "blooper" reel of ham actors laughing hysterically at eachother for forgetting their lines. This is a very DARK comedy, along the lines of Office Space, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Natural Born Killers, and Wild Things. If you liked those, you will love this.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2006
Where on Earth was I when this film came out? Wherever I happened to be at the time, it was the wrong place.
I picked up this movie used because my local video store had a buy two/get one sale going on, and it looked all right. It had actors that I liked, a plot outline that looked like it was ripe for the funny, and the words "dark comedy" in its synopsis. Why not? I was gettin' it for free anyway. If I didn't like it, I could trade it in later, right?
After actually sitting down to watch it, I think I'd tear a limb off of anybody that suggested I do such a thing now. It surprises, and even kind of appalls me that nobody I know has ever heard of this movie, and that those who have seen it usually have the same story that I do about finding it.
The comedy in this film is all adult, and it's delivered in several ways so that nothing ever gets stagnant. The style of the movie is continually changing as well, and with good reason. The flick turns out to have some nice surprises at the end, and all the odd moments of cinematography and disjointed plot that occur throughout the film keep the audience just confused enough not to know what exactly the film is heading toward. Through it all, though, the humor keeps things together and keeps this from being some psuedo-artsy slice of crap that just confuses the common moviegoer.
I'd love to give more specifics about the acting and the story, but it would just give things away that should not be. Go out and look around. I guarantee whevever you find this movie it will be cheap, and it will be worth your time...unless you're easily offended. But then, if you've made it far enough to both find this movie and read its reviews, I doubt that's the case.
Oh, and on one final note, this DVD is a single layer, 4.7 gigabyte copy, which is to say that it has half of the space to store video and sound that most commercially distributed DVDs have, but despite that, it had a crystal clear picture (though it's not as though I was watching it on an HD screen or anything) and the sound made better use of my stereo system than anything I've watched in a long, long time. Some technicians LOVED this movie and it shows in the quality that they put into this digital transfer.
What more can I say. Get it if you can.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Employee of the Month" (which will soon be forever confused with the upcoming Jessica Simpson movie of the same name) debuted at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2004. Despite a pretty popular cast, it was overlooked by many people. After watching it, I have to say...There's one-or-two plot holes, the ending and credit sequence is very reminiscent of another Matt Dillon film called "Wild Things", but this movie happens to be entertaining, hilarious, and surprising. Oscar Nominee Dillon (Best Supporting Actor, 'Crash') plays David Walsh, who's life seems to be perfect. Well, it was. We actually meet David when he's on a bus sitting next to a man who just soiled himself. We then go back in time to 36 hours later, where David is at his engagement party. David has a big house, a beautiful fiancee named Sarah (Christina Applegate, 'Married...With Children'), and a idiotic con man friend named Jack (Steve Zahn, 'Daddy Day Care') who shows up and ruins the party. Jack is the worse kind of con man; We watch him, in one scene, as he poses as a coroner to steal money and jewelry from freshly deceased corpses. He later gives some of the jewelry away to young strippers. Anyway, we see David go to work at a big bank in his nice car. It's obvious, his life is pretty nice. He's nice to all his co-workers, but we learn it's review day. Then everything crumbles as David is subsequently fired. Oh, and Sarah has found David's co-workers thong in his jacket. The movie, in the last 20 minutes, takes a completely ddifferent turn; But, this is still one of the best dark comedies I've seen recently. While Steve Zahn is responsible for most of the humor (anything that's funny anyway), this is a funny and entertaining movie. If you like dark comedies like "The Ice Harvest" and have laughed at anything Steve Zahn has done before...You should like this.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2005
I am reading the reviews of this DVD and am confused; Yes the film jumped around a bit and had dream sequences and flashbacks but that hardly rendered it confusing. Let's start off with - it's NOT a Disney film. After coming to that understanding - you should be ok... This is a very dark comedy and I enjoyed the cinematography, at times like a music video. I loved that the endings were revealed or made clear, while the credits were rolling at the end - that was awesome! Also notable, is that this film has a KILLER soundtrack - which at the end of the film, is not available anywhere, nor was a soundtrack made. This is a waste - the music was excellent. 5 out of 5 for the dark humor.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
This movie is quite bizarre with a ton of different twists and turns to it. Filmed out of LA, it might have that feel to it yet there was not much meaning I could take out of the movie. Most films shot in Los Angeles I enjoy very much but this one would not make the top of my list of favorites. If you enjoy strange comedy's then give it a view and see what you think.
Peter J. Miller
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
Great movie! It was fast pace no long set up or back stories that are drawn out. As the movie goes on it just keeps taking turns and throwing you off and picking up the pace. At the end of the movie you have no clue who knows what or who really knows who. In the last 8 minutes of the movie it really takes off and you figure out whats really going on. I'd recommend this movie just for the ending alone.