“I can’t believe we stayed for the whole painful thing,” commented a teenage boy sitting next to me at the review to his girlfriend. That just about perfectly sums up the content and appeal of MY BOSS’ DAUGHTER.
The story is about Tom Stansfield (played by Ashton Kutcher), who just can’t get angry. Though he is sweet and kind and does whatever is asked of him, he can’t stand up to his strict and erratic boss. Neither can he express his feelings of admiration to the boss’ beautiful daughter, Lisa. Finally, his big chance arrives. Lisa asks him to come over and housesit while her father goes out of town.
What Tom doesn’t realize is that Lisa actually won’t be there. She’ll be at a party. No worries. Tom doesn’t get mad, right? He simply determines to do the best possible job watching the boss’s prized, sickly owl and keeping the pristine house clean. That will surely impress both the boss and Lisa. Despite his well-laid plans, however, Tom finds himself in a “Cat in the Hat”-like situation dealing with a wide array of unexpected houseguests that keep him from his assignment. Among these guests are the boss’ secretary who just got fired that day, her redneck boyfriend and two other strange friends, the next door neighbor girl with a bandaged, bloody head who thinks Tom is her blind date, Lisa’s older brother who’s on the run from the local drug dealers, and finally, one of the drug dealers himself. Can Tom finally stand up and take control?
This is a cute storyline that goes south very quickly. The gags are borrowed from various other movies, and the whole thing is reminiscent of a weaker version of ANGER MANAGEMENT. The acting is weak, the character arc is not achieved in a satisfying way, and the gags just aren’t that funny after awhile.
There is a lot of irritating, earthy humor including men urinating on the boss’ fine furniture and on each other, a girl with a bandaged head oozing blood onto everything, and characters vomiting, having convulsions, and burping. There is a striptease dance, mercifully cut short, and several homosexual references. The language is offensive. The character interaction is not believable. The whole thing just falls short and falls flat. Discerning audiences will surely find better alternate autumn amusement by simply closing their eyes and picking any other title on the marquis.
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SUMMARY: In MY BOSS’ DAUGHTER, a spineless employee housesits for his boss trying to impress the boss’ daughter and must deal with a sudden onslaught of unexpected, destructive guests that challenge him to the core. The movie falls short in acting and storyline and is offensive to moral audiences with its plethora of language, sex, body humor gags, and pagan worldview elements.
(PaPaPa, Ho, PC, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Totally pagan worldview with protagonist’s character arc moving from sweet, servant-hearted, and vulnerable, albeit a bit doormat-ish to an “I’ll get what I want and take what I want” mentality, coupled with some homosexual and politically correct elements; deplorable language with about 42 obscenities and about 16 profanities; violence includes shootings with gun, man hit in head with shovel, an attempt at burying man alive, loud, redneck fighting with man hitting woman, and many, many scatological gags involving three guys urinating on things and people, and a bloody, bandaged head leaking and oozing on everything, vomiting, burping, etc.; sex includes glimpse of the cover of a gay men’s magazine that shows two shirtless men embracing, girl doing striptease act for boyfriend but mercifully stopping at the glimpse-of-bra and panty level, protagonist feeling the breasts of two women (to check for breast cancer), woman fondling her own breasts in wet T-shirt, man fondling his nipples in wet shirt (meant for laughs), “Daisy Duke” short shorts, and several homosexual references; several depictions of drinking and drunkenness; depictions of drugs and drug deals; and, lying, poisoning, stealing, and disrespect for authority.