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AT THE MRS. APPLEBY'S COOKIE COMPANY, SOME PEOPLE ARE DYING TOGET AHEAD. JUNIOR EXECUTIVE PETER DERNS JUST FOUND THE TEMP OFHIS DREAMS OR THE KILLER OF HIS NIGHTMARES.

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Enjoyably trashy fun. The Temp stars Timothy Hutton as an executive with a history of paranoia and jealousy. When his company is taken over by a large corporation, everyone scrambles and jockeys for position--but Hutton finds himself rising to the top with the assistance of his temporary secretary (Lara Flynn Boyle, wearing a series of escalating hairdos and short skirts). As rivals and foes start turning up dead, Hutton struggles to figure out if his madness is returning, or is his curvaceous secretary taking her job a little too seriously? The Temp isn't as gloriously over-the-top as one might wish, but it is a ridiculous yet completely watchable potboiler with lots of daffy dialogue and cheesy performances; the cast includes Faye Dunaway, Oliver Platt, and Maura Tierney. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Timothy Hutton, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dwight Schultz, Oliver Platt, Steven Weber
  • Directors: Tom Holland
  • Writers: Tom Engelman, Kevin Falls
  • Producers: David Permut, Hawk Koch, Tom Engelman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y1UY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Temp" on IMDb

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Great flick however and highly recommended!
Clob Lane
Not to be taken serious...........look at Lara's hairstyles throughout.
NateMonroe
Shows a person how far one can go for a little ambition.
Janet M. Brown

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 10, 2004
Format: DVD
Having worked in an environment where temporary employees were utilized, THE TEMP offers a sardonic look at one such temp whose ambitious goals elevate her to a rather auspicious position. I have always enjoyed Lara Flynn Boyle's work; her performance on TWIN PEAKS was always worth watching. She chews up this role deliciously, without going over the top; Faye Dunaway looks great (even ten years ago), and she reigns in her potentially campy performance with a vengeance; Timothy Hutton does well in a role he is used to playing--the misunderstood underdog. The movie builds to a pretty good climax, and then unfortunately deflates it with a rather weak ending.
But, getting there is fun and this movie works in its oft-abused genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NateMonroe on November 29, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Not to be taken serious...........look at Lara's hairstyles throughout. At times she has is way bigger than her body. Like Cousin It when she jumps into a pool. Full of goofy dialogue and plot holes galore, just take this trashy movie in fun. Don't analize.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By thomas angelo zunich on July 24, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
With a breakout performance, Lara Flynn Boyle tears her role to shreds as the psychotic, ploying nutcase of an office temp out to systematically destroy every co-worker this b%&*# comes across. As she spins her web of lust, lies and greed, we the viewer helplessly lie back and watch her catch her next victim, devouring them with no apologies or regrets. Lara plays a convincing deadly Diva, along the same lines as some of the greats like Kathy Bates in Misery, Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, and Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. This film is worth checking out if you like strong woman characters with a tinge of evil running through their blood.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paris Capulet on July 18, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
well the casting is good. boyle looks great. hutton does his EMOTIONALLY SCARRED role good (again). and faye dunaway to boot? trying to kill and screw her way to the top, temp harrington excels as a natural born liar who is able to respond effectively to any confrontation. I really liked that element of realism. We've all met people like that. There are some clever killings, and a memorable dismemberment. such of a happy ending as hutton's character finds confidence and authority in his capture of a crook. slick and glossy. sexy in a sick way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Brown on March 3, 2006
Format: DVD
**** REVIEW INCLUDES "GREAT DIALOG" SPOILERS ****

Wow was I surprised to see all the positive reviews of this movie here on Amazon. I thought I was alone in being entertained by this. External reviews often completely trash this movie without finding anything positive.

Well get this chemical makeup: Stunning and popular star Lara Flynn Boyle overtly titillating us and wearing skimpy outfits even including a bikini(!), Timothy Hutton, habitual scene stealer Oliver Platt during younger and thinner days, superstar Faye Dunaway, and Steven Webber from the TV show "Wings." How's that for voltage? Add in a proven plotline with a long pedigree (Hand that rocks the cradle, Single White Female, many more), some great whacky dialog, and top it off with the inspired idea of a corporate thriller set in a cookie company with the climax in an industrial kitchen, and yeah...I'll bank that. How could you possibly lose?

Actually I really like this movie, even just watching it straight. The only problem I have is Faye Dunaway's really bad, hammy, mugging acting, and toward the end Boyle picks up some of the same style, but other than that I like it. However, if you make me analyze it, ok, it's riddled with plot holes, dropped threads, unanswered questions, implausabilities, etc, but that really doesn't matter if the movie succeeds in entertaining me. And it does. So with that in mind, you could look at it as one of the "so bad it's good" genre, and it does succeed on that level. I agree with others that the ending seems as tho it was written on the spot when someone lost the rest of the script.

It actually has a lot of good stuff in it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clob Lane on June 20, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Very suspenseful film stars the (...) Lara Flynn Boyle as a temp who is climbing the corporate ladder faster than her boss (Timothy Hutton) and makes his life a living hell the entire way
by sabotaging his work and murdering various executives. Boyle turns in a delightfully wicked performance that rises beyond (...), and Hutton's performance as Peter Derns is exceptionally true to what any man would do. Direction and script make this taut thriller look very slick and sound authentic and real. All of the characters seem like they could be living next door. My only concern is the ending in which it rushes and tries to be dramatic with the last two words spoken by Hutton, but it only mildly succeeds. Great flick however and highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. on August 8, 2006
Format: DVD
Gulity Pleasure..Not a thriller, nor a comedy, not film noir nor oscar winner just pointless fun, I get a kick out of these films that dont take things seriously, "The Crush" w/ Alicia Silverstone is another!
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Format: DVD
Viewed: 11/12
Rate: 5

11/12: What was shaping up to be a weak `7' picture, The Temp did a nice job of losing a couple of points in the last fifteen minutes. What was that all about? Did the makers run out of money or fall behind the schedule so they hastily finished the film like that? Whatever the case was, they sure killed the movie. One minute, we were in the office. The next thing I know, we were on the typical Californian highway along the precipice where the car just suddenly had no brakes. Finally, a couple of minutes later, we are in the middle of the steamy factory as if we were about to watch a revival of fight between Sylvester Stallone and Brian Thompson during Cobra. Afterwards, the temp got fired just like that. What happened? It's like we were missing a couple of scenes in between each logic leap. I thought Timothy Hutton did very well, and I envied him for his hair look. My goodness, was he so much of a p*ssy from getting hurt by a simple paper cut? Steven Weber, a really funny guy and a well-known player from Wings, showed his acting chops and proved that he belongs in movies. I thought he should've had one more scene left in him after the alley episode. Oliver Platt is a very reliable supporting actor, but his part turned out to be abrupt and almost meaningless. Finally, Lara Flynn Boyle...she was never a looker, and I never considered her to be attractive. So, I had a hard time believing her for the part. Too many different hairdos for her throughout the film. And today, she is hideous as heck, thanks to her multitude of plastic surgeries. Anyway, what was surprising about the film was that nothing sexually had occurred between her and her boss. The murder thing, although it was obvious that she did it, was very implausible for me to believe.
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