Reviewed on 2009 September 17
Typically laid-back (in a good way) Mike Judge comedy, bookending Office Space by featuring sympathetic, competent management.
Joel Reynold (Jason Bateman) doesn't really want much out of life, just for his small cooking extract company to thrive, his neighbor (David Koechner) to leave him alone, and his wife Suzie (Kristin Wiig) to not use the sweatpants like armor for just one night (you have to see it). As it is, none of these modest goals seem accessible, but the most pressing is getting his company to run smoothly. Even though he’s a sweetheart to work for, the crew seems more interested in squabbling among themselves than packing and shipping the flavorings like his mother used to use.
This is another one of those low-key stories that just sort of flows along naturally, because most of us have worked with and for these people (I’ve worked for both Lumberghs and the occasional Reynold). I know this is going to sound heretical but I actually liked this more than Office Space. This also has Mila Kunis as a wild card, Ben Affleck so hippied up you can barely recognize him, and a hilarious bit from Gene Simmons.
Three chocolate morsels.