Employee of the Month

You know at the end of The Sixth Sense or Deja Vu, after the “turn” in the plot when you realize the truth and look back at the events leading up to that point.  You can see how it all fit together.  The director masterfully sews up all of the loose ends, and the person watching the movie is left saying to himself, “Oh, yeah…, now I see.”  Well, Employee of the Month is nothing like that.  I will not talk a lot about the elements of the plot because there may be some people out the who actually want to watch this movie still, but I will say that there is a huge ”turn” somewhere in the movie.  The problem is that it leaves you thinking, “If that were the case, then why did the characters do this?” over and over.  Looking back at the beginning of the movie, it seems like the only motivation for actions of the character in some scenes was to throw the watcher off the scent of the real plot (note to the director, the characters are not supposed to know that they are being watched).

At the end of the movie, there are enough twists to fill an O. Henry anthology, and even more annoying is the fact that they are so telegraphed, you can see them coming a mile away. And, it’s sad, because the cast did well with Matt Dillon, Steve Zahn, and Christina Applegate giving believable and humorous performances.

In the end, I felt let down, but was buoyed by the fact that there will obviously be no sequel to this movie, that is, unless the director was leading me on the whole time and all those events at the end of the movie were just staged to look like something else, and what really  happened was….Noooooooo! 

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