EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Funny, But Forced and Foul
Release Date: October 06, 2006
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Greg Coolridge
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For 10 years at the Super Club, Zack has skated by. Always late, never stressed, Zack brags to his fellow box-boys that maintaining a low profile as long as he has is “an art.” On the other hand, for 10 years at the warehouse retail giant, Vince has worked hard. He has moved his way up the corporate, bulk-discount ladder to become head cashier and winner of 17 consecutive “Employee of the Month” awards.
On opposite sides of the Super Club spectrum, these two young men have had a bitter rivalry of one-ups-manship for years. Now, all their competition comes to a head when Amy, a beautiful new cashier, joins the Super Club team. Learning that Amy has a thing for “Employee of the Month” winners, Zack decides that the only way to win over Amy is to work hard and beat Vince at his own game. But, the deck is stacked against Zack as he struggles to stop Vince from winning his 18th straight award, a new Chevy Malibu, and the affection of Amy. Hilarious hi-jinks and plenty of physical comedy ensue as the two young men wage war to the bitter end.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH is a funny movie with some laugh-out-loud moments. The movie is set in a great environment. The Super Club warehouse discount store provides for some original scenes and makes for some great comedy.
Stand-up comedian Dane Cook brings heart to his role as he captures the essence of that slacker-devil-may-care character that has made a lifestyle of taking no chances and stressing over nothing. He also shines as his character changes. However, Dax Shepard is the true star of this movie. He steals the scenes every time he is on screen. His humor is subtle, his wit is dry, and his comedic timing and delivery are right on the mark.
Sadly, the material that Dax must work with is limited. The script suffers because it often makes lowbrow comedy its highlight. Using crude sexual humor, the movie appeals to the baser senses of a culture adrift. The movie also, like a lot of Hollywood movies these days, confuses love with lust and equates affection to sex. At first glance, Dane’s character, Zack, is taken by the beauty of Jessica Simpson’s Amy. However, once Zack learns that Amy slept with the “Employee of the Month” at her last job, that is when he decides that he needs to work harder to win the award. Now, along the way, he begins to have a change of heart and take pride in his work, but in the final moments of the movie we are reminded that (according to Hollywood) love and sex are the same emotion.
The worst part of the movie (apart from the crude humor) is Jessica Simpson. Her acting is so forced and contrived that, at times, it is almost painful to watch her.
To the “myspace” generation, Dane Cook is THE Rock Star of stand-up comedy. He has a large following of young people. Undoubtedly, therefore, large portions of his fans that do not understand media wisdom are going to show up for this movie. Even though this movie has some laugh-out-loud moments, the crude sexual humor and the immoral romantic worldview make this a movie that media-wise people of faith should avoid.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH is funny, with some laugh-out-loud moments. Dane Cook brings heart to his role, but the real star is Dax Shepard as Vince. Shepard steals the scenes every time he appears. Sadly, the material they must work with too often makes lowbrow comedy its highlight. Using crude sexual humor that confuses love with lust, the movie appeals to the baser senses of a culture adrift. Apart from the crude humor, the movie's worst part is Jessica Simpson. Her acting is so forced and contrived that, at times, it is almost painful to watch her. Other beautiful actresses have recovered from early disasters (witness Jessica Lange in the 1976 movie KING KONG), but the jury's still out on Miss Simpson.