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Haiku Tunnel

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When young, funny temp worker Josh Kornbluth accepts an offer to go perm at a popular San Franciscolaw office, his carefully unstructured, ambivalent, commitment-phobic lifestyle begins to unravel. Unable to complete the simple task of mailing 17 high-priority letters for his boss, Josh suddenly finds himself face-to-face with his unusually chipper co-workers and his inability to deal! Soon, when Josh's morning alarm rings, it's time for him to get up and 'fess up. Written and directed by talented newcomer-brothers Josh and Jacob Kornbluth, HAIKU TUNNEL is a hilarious, super-entertaining comedy about one man's struggle to survive the 9 to 5.

When office temp Josh Kornbluth (played, in semiautobiographical style, by Josh Kornbluth) is offered a permanent position as secretary for a high-powered attorney, his entire world begins to crumble. The psychological pressure of commitment proves almost too much to bear, leading him to delay mailing 17 very important letters--an oversight that forces him into an all-night adventure that is simultaneously petty and epic. Kornbluth has gained prominence in the world of solo performance, but this is a fully realized film (albeit one in which Kornbluth occasionally talks directly to the camera, offering amusing commentary) that vividly captures the insidious anxiety that office work can inspire. Kornbluth's plump face is engaging; you'll find yourself oddly touched (and a little appalled) by his self-destructive behavior. Haiku Tunnel is a strong contribution to the expanding subgenre of office comedies. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Josh Kornbluth, Adele Proom, Amy Resnick, Patricia Scanlon, Harry Shearer
  • Directors: Jacob Kornbluth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UW7H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Haiku Tunnel" on IMDb

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By VINE VOICE on January 16, 2002
Format: DVD
Josh Kornbluth (Josh Kornbluth), ambles from temp job to temp job as he contemplates writing the Great American novel. He is perfectly content to take these jobs, because, as he points out, he's a really good temp. They also allow him the freedom to concentrate on other things. Yes, he has to live in a small dump of an apartment in the Mission District in "San Franclisco" (a `fictional' town, the setting for his `fictional' story, but he actually enjoys his life. Then he accepts a temp assignment working for Bob Shelby (Warren Keith) at the law firm of Schuyler & Mitchell. Josh notices strange things at S & M, but he goes about his assignment. Then Marlina D'Amore (Helen Shumaker), the head Secretary, asks Josh if he wants "to go perm?" Josh accepts and everything begins to unravel.
"Haiku Tunnel" is simply one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long, long time.
Josh Kornbluth reportedly developed a one-man show called "Haiku Tunnel" based on his adventures as a Legal Temp. He and his brother Jacob worked for a long time to turn the play into a film. The film, directed by the Kornbluth Brothers works amazingly well. We follow Josh's adventures as he wades through the bureaucracy of office life and John frequently takes us aside to share his observations.
Every character in the film is pitch perfect. If you have ever worked at a law firm, in an office or for a temp agency, you will most likely recognize the people. Bob Shelby is easily one of the funniest characters ever created for a film and Warren Keith is brilliant in bringing the stoic, emotionless lawyer to life. He almost steals every scene he is in. This is quite an accomplishment considering the actor playing against him, Josh Kornbluth, created the character.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Athena L. McDevitt on December 12, 2002
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I saw this movie on HBO. When the movie started, I did not think much of Josh Kornbluth, I did not find him engaging.
However, as the film progressed, I found myself laughing, several times out loud. The next day, I thought of scenes in the movie and found myself laughing over and over again.
The beginning of the movie does not seem to lead someone to believe that this is going to be a rip-roaring, laughfest, but in fact it was.
The trials and tribulations faced by this character is mountains made out of molehills, with the infamous 17 letters. The secretaries are funny, all the attorneys named Bob are funny, and the oldest bike courier in the world is funny.
I really can not say enough great things about this film.
It is a quiet comedy and requires some thought and careful attention. But it will have you chuckling for days.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vincent M. Mastronardi on October 13, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
As if there were a lot of comedies about office temps. Actually the last one (and only other one) I remember was called "Clockwatchers", which was an indie movie that featured Lisa Kudrow, Toni Collette and Parker Posey. This one doesn t have as much star power (although there is a scary looking Harry Shearer making a kind of unnecessary cameo that anyone else could have done) but "Haiku Tunnel" is that rare indie comedy that you think might be slightly funny when you see it one the new release rack. It's much better than that! You know when a movie starts with the Pixies classic "Debaser" that something good is coming up. Josh Kornbluth plays himself (kind of, sort of) in this office comedy of errors. Josh is temp that often works at law firms and while he like most of us can t stand the 9 to 5, he gets by (his solace is the fact that his bed is waiting for him at home). Josh get signals that his latest job might be for the devil, so he better do a good job. He is proficient that he is urged to take permanent status on the first day. He does and that s when things should turn around for this man that lives in the temp zone. It doesn't as he finds a myriad of excuses to prolong an important task that he was suppose to do right away (the mailing out of 17 very important letters).
This movie has to be seen to be believed. It is filled with witty dialogues (and monologues), real life scenarios and the talent of this cast. Helen Shumaker (Marlina) is such an excellent comic actor she deserves the Academy Award for Supporting Actress (alas, no nods for this movie). "Haiku Tunnel" is the universal office comedy that is about a loser s loser but he is so real and candid that you can t help but like him and feel his predicament. I unfortunately bought the video on impulse so I can t talk about the extras on the DVD but the movie is a laugh riot. Its a must own or at the very least rent.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald Chewms on December 23, 2003
Format: DVD
I think the biggest problem this movie faces is that people watch it expecting the next Office Space, which really isn't fair to either film. Office Space is, of course, a truly great comedy well on its way to becoming classic. But the style of humor employed in Office Space and Haiku Tunnel is way different.
That being said, I don't believe a minute passed in this movie where I wasn't laughing out loud. Although I did not really identify with the main character of Josh in any way (nor any of the characters now that I think about it), I found him to be very interesting and I enjoyed following his daily adventures as a temp gone perm.
This movie was a great character study of various people from all walks of life ending up in the same small space, which I'm sure anybody that's worked in any kind of office can relate to. And in between all the comedy is some pretty brilliant social commentary as well.
Not to say that intelligent people will automatically like this, nor that those lacking intelligence will not, but this film definitely caters to those who tend to prefer smart humor.
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