Release Date: September 14, 2001
Audience: Older teenagers & adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics/Sony
Director: Jacob Kornbluth & Josh Kornbluth
Producer: David R. Fuchs & Michael Peyser
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard & Marcie Bloom
Sony Pictures Classics
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Web Page: www.spe.sony.com
Josh is a professional temporary office worker, or “temp,” who struggles to survive his first week as – gasp! – a secretary. Facing daunting challenges such as printer failures, jammed copiers and a solid day of orientation training, Josh wrestles with quitting before he is fired. This incredibly lame (and self-described) office comedy is about as fun as twisting a paper clip for 90 minutes. HAIKU TUNNEL is not a glimpse at John Q. Public, it is merely a slice-of-life from a contented underachiever. The problem is, after enduring 10 minutes of Josh’s slacker existence, viewers won’t care either. A few silly faces and a funny walk do not a comedy make.
Throughout the story, Josh describes his bosses as evil, sees them as devils and believes that lawyers “only lie, cheat and steal.” His bosses, however, are portrayed as buffoonish, but kindly. It is Josh who lies, cheats and steals as he manages to fulfill his few daily duties while writing his personal novel on company time. His greatest challenge in HAIKU TUNNEL – other than keeping the audience interested – is fighting his own procrastination tendencies long enough to mail his boss’s letters.
Josh shifts in and out of the story, sharing his observations about working life with the audience. He uses chalkboards and diagrams to explain various characters, situations and his personal decisions. Perhaps, he senses the audience may be nodding off occasionally and needs to be reminded of the funny-as-fungus storyline. One of the story’s hilarious moments occurs when Josh points out that most attorneys he has worked for have been named Bob. Isn’t that hysterical?
HAIKU TUNNEL (a reference to a data-entry project Josh once worked on) is completely devoid of a poetic screenplay or a light at the end. Enter with extreme caution.
HAIKU TUNNEL is a reference to a data-entry project upon which Josh once worked. It is completely devoid of a poetic screenplay or a light at the end. It contains some strong foul language, sexual immorality and anti-Christian, anti-capitalist jokes