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Rick (2003)

Cast: Bill Pullman, Bill Pullman, Aaron Stanford, more...
Director: Curtiss Clayton, Curtiss Clayton, Curtiss Clayton
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Studio: Showtime Entertainment
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English
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The amoral world of a handful of Wall Street businessmen is delineated in this black comedy written by Lemony Snicket creator Daniel Handler. Rick takes as its central character a mid-level manager (Bill Pullman) working in a nameless corporation for a boss, Duke (Aaron Stanford), who's nearly half his age. Duke and Rick are constantly one-upping each other around the office; compounding their contentious relationship is the fact that Duke is pursuing Rick's daughter, Eve (Agnes Bruckner), a teenager who frequents Internet sex-chat rooms. Rick thinks he has found the solution to his work problems in Buck (Dylan Baker), an old college buddy who's become a paid hitman; for a fee, he'll take care of anyone who comes between Rick and his climb up the corporate ladder. But when a jilted job interviewee (Sandra Oh) puts a hex on Rick, it seems his good fortune may come to an end. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

I kinda liked it by bambinaCricket September 17, 2005 - 10:39 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
First I must say that I am a fan of Daniel Handler. That doesn't mean I can't admit when something of his is crap. Maybe it was because I watched this in the afternoon, maybe it was because I watched it by myself, but I liked it. It reminded me of a short story by Neil Gaiman.
It had a great cast who pulled off the pseudo surrealistic feel nicely. I think if I watched it again I would probably understand more about what they were getting at. Daniel Handler loves themes, but it didn't seem like the director let that take over the show.
If you like slower paced movies with subtle details and some nonsensical erie elements, you might like this!

Could We Have the Point, Please? by talltale February 25, 2005 - 12:57 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
RICK's a prick, and the movie based around his character ain't much, either. Directed by someone named Curtiss Clayton and written by Daniel Handler (who evidently gave the world those Lemony Snickett books), the result is an overbearing mess: obvious and pointless, unless you don't mind movies that hit you over the head with their themes, life-lessons and "ironies" (and then get sentimental on you).

A good cast does what it can but falls under the tractor-like helming of Clayton and simply can't rise above the silly ideas of Handler. No matter how you approach it (as a drama with way too much melo or a comedy with nary a laugh), this one is almost shockingly bad. Some of the photography's nice, however, and Sandra Oh and Dylan Baker come through just fine, as always.

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