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But, getting there is fun and this movie works in its oft-abused genre.
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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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I saw this movie years ago and own a DVD copy. Now retired, I worked as a real estate portfolio manager. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
Shows a person how far one can go for a little ambition. Would recommend the movie to everyone Thank you.Published on February 7, 2014 by Janet M. Brown
This is a completely hokey "Temp-From-Hell" movie! Lara Flynn Boyle gives a nuanced, oscar worthy performance as a man killer (pun intended) temp with other good performances by... Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by I'd rather be at the Beach
This was a gift for my Dad. He has always loved this move, he looked for it and couldn't find it, I knew I could on Amazon.Published on November 12, 2013 by Carolyn
Rarely do you see this many twist and turns in what looks to be a straightforward plot...You may never use a paper shredder again !!!Published on August 4, 2013 by frederick
I saw this movie some years ago when it was on a VHS tape. It's about a successful executive played by Timothy Hutton who hires a temporary secretary, Lara Flynn Boyle. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by L. F. Sweeney
Bought it cause a friend was an extra in the movie, still haven't spotted her but really enjoyed the movie. Great thriller that keeps you guessing.Published on July 2, 2013 by Wyosammy
ok...timmothy hutton is great in this movie...but the stars go to the temp...her acting carries this movie all the way to the end...boyle... Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by wolfven