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When I read the blurb about the movie on my Netflix envelope I was really excited. I was hoping for a potential Office Space, or something similar. Sadly, this movie came nowhere near Office Space. This movie wouldn't have come near that even if Office Space was written, directed and produced by a toddler.
All the characters were contrived, there was nothing that resembled a plot, even the romantic relationship which tried to be the center of the movie was completely unbelievable. The acting was so poor that I rarely even found myself following the story. It felt more like I was stuck watching a bad improv group at some off-off-Broadway dungeon. The only time I even murmured something that resembled a laugh was at the joke "It's 2pm! I haven't left work this late since 1996!" or something to that effect. I guess that was the only one they could afford.
I apologize to the people involved in this film for such a harsh review, but I feel that it is necessary so that they don't subject anyone to something like this in the future. I guess I'm also mad that I wasted an evening watching this horrid monstrosity. The only redeeming quality was that I watched it with friends and we were able to have a somewhat decent MST3K session. But for anyone who might be considering watching this movie (especially alone!!) I would say STAY AWAY; pull Office Space off your shelf and watch that again. Or go watch a parked car.
The performances are painfully real, the situations are appropriately comedic, and the script moves at a good clip. Tricia O'Kelly and Lucas Fleischer do the lion's share of the work, both making us believe in their relationship which goes from hate to love and back again. The supporting characters fill out their roles nicely too. We get the fat guy, the womanizer, the ditzy girl, and the sleazy boss, but all work beyond cliche.
Outside Sales is a small comedy, but one that somehow makes the commonplace work. The film was a festival favorite, but really didn't receive a huge theatrical release even in the art house world. It's a nice find on DVD, one that seems especially well suited for the small screen.
The DVD looks fine with a crisp transfer, displaying a natural color palette with some shimmer on busy office outfits. The surround mix is centered on the two front speakers, but does the job. There are some truly nice extras including deleted scenes, botched takes, and a very fun director and cast commentary. Sporting more extras than what you'd find on most major releases, this is a good package for an indie feature.
Outside Sales is a testament to what you can do with a small budget, good actors, and a smart script. It takes the world of payroll sales, and blows it up into lunacy.Read more ›
Being a salesman for over 30 years I really was hoping to enjoy it but not with this trash
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I love this movie. Tricia O'Kelley is a great actress. I love her in "Old Christine" and I lover her in this movie. I wish I could see more of her work.Published on March 21, 2009 by Joe
This movie is awesome. The writing, directing, and acting are A+.
Outside Sales is charming, sarcastic, witty, and downright hilarious. I enjoyed the characters and the diversity of the characters. Read morePublished on August 12, 2008 by ltlshoe6
Saw this film at a July 2005 screening in LA. Had a lot of fun watching it from start-to-finish. The entire cast was great and being a fan of The Office/Office Space genre, this... Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by David Price
I cannot stop watching this film. It is hilariously written, acted, and directed. It is very rare in this day and age to find a film as entertaining as Outside Sales. Read morePublished on July 14, 2008 by danger