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Clockwatchers (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 15 May 1998 (USA)
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The relationship between four female temps all working for the same credit company is threatened with the arrival of a new hire, who lands a permanent position one of the women was vying for.

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Jill Sprecher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Collette ... Iris
Parker Posey ... Margaret
Lisa Kudrow ... Paula
Alanna Ubach ... Jane
Helen FitzGerald ... Cleo
Stanley DeSantis ... Art
Jamie Kennedy ... Eddie
David James Elliott ... Mr. MacNamee
Debra Jo Rupp ... Barbara
Kevin Cooney ... Mr. Kilmer
Bob Balaban ... Milton Lasky
Paul Dooley ... Bud Chapman
Scott Mosenson Scott Mosenson ... Jack Shoberg
Irene Olga López Irene Olga López ... Coffee Lady (as Irene Olga Lopez)
Joshua Malina ... Global Credit Receptionist
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Storyline

Iris can best be described as a wallflower. She begins her first day as a temp for the nondescript Global Credit Association by waiting in a chair for two hours. This sets the scene for her (mis)adventures with the other "corporate orphans", Margaret, Paula and Jane. Led by Margaret, they find subtle ways to lessen the ennui of corporate oppression. The tension escalates when the new permanent hire, Cleo, enters the picture. Written by Vanessa Exum <vexum@mail.utexas.edu>

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FOUR GIRLS. FOUR DREAMS. ONE OFFICE. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avokonttorin prinsessat See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,838, 17 May 1998

Gross USA:

$537,948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$537,948
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Lisa Kudrow and Debra Jo Rupp worked together as sisters-in-law on Friends. See more »

Goofs

When Iris and Margaret are at Margaret's apartment, Iris is holding a small ashtray and Margaret says she got it from a hotel. In the next shot Iris holding what appears to be a small dish of food, or even a microwave dinner platter. See more »

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Iris Chapman: I once read that there are two kinds of time: mechanical and human. You could say my story began at 8:59 the day I started that job, and ended months later, when I left it. But I'd tell you it began in the past, with my old self; and ended in the future, the new one.
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It's April Again
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Music by Georges Auric
French lyrics by Jacques Larue
English lyrics by William Engvick
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A war movie in the office. It's a serious look at a comical situation.
13 February 2000 | by deputydoofusSee all my reviews

So many people write that this movie is about temporary replacement workers. It is not. It is a warfield with the soldiers disguised as office workers. It's a look at humanity, it is a look at human trust, compassion, greed, and ambition. It is a look at the every thing that divides people, no matter how silly the things may seem. One may look at everything people do in this movie, and think "Why are these people getting so upset. Nothing here REALLY matters, but they pretend like it's the end of the world." Well, this is the only world they know. This is the world they are stuck in, and this is the only world they think they'll ever be a part of. The little things show just as much about character as the killings in a war. Some of the characters kind of realize there's more to life, and these are the ones we hope for. There is so much in this film that could be observed. Saying this is a movie about a bunch of office temps is like saying "American Beauty" is a movie about a man going through mid-life crisis. There is so much more in it. It is possible to learn as much about human nature in this as it there is in an epic war movie.

The cast is particularly superb. Parker Posey was born to play her role. There is no actress that can play the arrogant, hyper, rude yet somehow lovable female as Posey. Lisa Kudrow adds a thorough discomfort the movie is trying to achieve. In "Clockwatchers", she plays her stereotypical "comic bimbo" role in a way that doesn't seem funny. Her character is more sad. In a typical office comedy, her character would get the most laughs. Not here. She plays it in a way you can only feel sorry for her, and you can only hope she finds a better life. Somehow, you know that she can't.

This is certainly not a comfortable movie to sit through. You have to be more in the mood to see "Saving Private Ryan" than you would, say, "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion". It digs too deep, and most people wouldn't be in the mood to see that on a Friday night. If you look deep enough, however, and are patient enough, there are so many great gifts this movie can provide. My rating: 10/10.


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