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Clockwatchers (1997)

Cast: Toni Collette, Toni Collette, Parker Posey, more...
Director: Jill Sprecher, Jill Sprecher
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Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Comedies, Independent
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English
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Four women reflect on their lowly place in the corporate caste system in this dryly satiric comedy. Iris (Toni Collette) is a college graduate who hasn't decided what she wants to do with her life, except that she doesn't want the job her father has lined up for her at a frozen food company. While pretending to look for other work, she signs on with a temp agency, which sends her out to do office work for Global Credit, a particularly faceless corporation where the permanent employees go out of their way to avoid the temps. Iris is very much aware that she's at the bottom rung at Global, and she bonds with three other women in the temp pool. Paula (Lisa Kudrow) talks about her career as an actress and insists that she will only temp until one of her auditions pans out. Jane (Alanna Ubach) prattles on about her wealthy fiancÚ, although her friends are convinced that he's cheating on her. And Margaret (Parker Posey) is at once the rebel of the group, regarding her job and general office procedure with a barely disguised contempt, and the one who most desperately wants a "real" job with Global. When office supplies and various personal items start to disappear, all signs point to one of the temp workers (most likely Margaret), though none will own up to any wrongdoing. Clockwatchers was the directorial debut for filmmaker Jill Sprecher, who co-wrote the screenplay with her sister Karen Sprecher. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

A must see for anybody familiar with office work and into character based dark comedy by Neutron November 4, 2003 - 3:50 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This is Jill Sprecher's directorial debut, and what a gem it is! The ensemble cast here is absolutely amazing and do what all those who act should do, make you forget you are watching characters. This movie is such a frighteningly accurate view of office life that I laughed out loud many different times. Jill, as well as her sister, Karen, who helped write this movie, should be heartilly commended. One of the finest examples of black comedy that I can think of in recent memory.

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