Pros: Read the review
Cons: Half-baked, uneven, runs out of ideas, profane
Employee of the Month (2004)
A straight to video loser that draws you in with a couple of known actors, Matt Dillon, Christina Applegate, and Steve Zahn, and leaves you with the feeling that these guys have really damaged their credibility - that is, any they had left - by appearing in such a turkey.
This movie tries to be on the cutting edge but the scenes come off so half-baked that it seems like the director and editors had Attention Deficit Disorder. Trend setting can be good, but first you have to have a story, with characters, and an ending. Employee of the Month missed out on two out of three.
We join David Walsh (Matt Dillon) just before his life enters a terminal downward spiral
Walsh is a young professional who lives with his girlfriend, works at a bank and is well liked. He is up for his yearly performance review where he thinks he is going to be promoted and made Employee of the Month, but, surprise, he is terminated with extreme prejudice by a boss who does not share his assessment of his value to the company.
Walsh's luck goes from bad to worse as his fiancee, who found panties in his coat pocket, drops him like a hot potato in front of her parents. He is now jobless, homeless, and soon car-less, as a hooker sent to his motel room as a consolation prize by pal Steve Zahn steals his car. The movie continually goes through jaw dropping changes like this that soon cross over to surreal, even jumping the tracks and shifting genres several times.
The writing is fair but heavy-handed and makes use of some extremely crass dialog with plenty of $%#s, ^&%$s, and *&%#$s. More than you'd want any child to hear. More than you would want to hear. More than a dockworker would want to hear. There is no cuteness or need or purpose served by the level of profanity - it is just plain profane.
Acting is fairly average with a few notable pinnacles spread among Dillon, Zahn, and Applegate, but no sustained excellent performances. The movie has its moments but it runs out of credibility entirely by the final twenty minutes. Then the writer/director, Mitch Rouse, totally at a loss of what to do next, grafts on several scenes from some other script. It's a surprise - but not a good one. The movie predictably crashes and burns several minutes before the multiple "surprise ending(s)".
The Lionsgate DVD is presented in color, in 1.85:1 widescreen format, and runs 97 minutes.
Trust me, you don't want to waste your time with this, even if you are a fan of the actors.
I watch the bad ones so you don't have to! :>