This is another movie I must add to my All About the Office list. The list now includes:
- Baby Face
- The Desk Set
- 9 to 5
- Working Girl
- Haiku Tunnel
- Office Space
Eventually, I’ll feature these office-themed movies on a separate page like I do my Music and Books currently.
Back to the movie. I love Toni Collette. She was great in Muriel’s wedding and she plays a similar role here, albeit sans Aussie accent. She’s still the shy introverted misfit. But she turns out to be less of a misfit than her other three co-workers. Each has a different reason for keeping their temp job and each has a different dream. For Toni Collette’s Iris, one the homefront, she’s resistant to her father’s constant attempts to get her a “real job” and the more he insists, the more she clings to this temp job. Lisa Kudrow, meanwhile, escapes reality by pretending to have a budding acting career, complete with casting calls and rehearsals. The reality is that this is probably the only job she can get. Alanna Ubach is looking to escape her dead-end job by rushing headlong into marraige with a fiance who abuses her — at least mentally. The most colorful character is Parker Posey’s Margaret. She’s the only one of the four, it seems, who actually has a pulse. In a desparate bid for — Attention? Belonging? Margaret orchestrates a four-woman walkout. She returns the following day to learn that her three co-horts bailed on her and actually showed up to work. Already on shaky ground, she is but one coffee break away from being canned. And it comes soon enough, during the movie’s closing 10 minutes. You can’t help but think that secretly, the other three, watching while Margaret is forcibly removed from a job she now realizes she actually needs and wants, wish it were them in Margaret’s shoes.