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.
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