Dax Shepard Weekend – Employee of the Month (2006)

monthDirector: Greg Coolidge

Writer: Don Calame, Chris Conroy, Greg Coolidge (Screenplay) Don Calame, Chris Conroy (Story)

Starring: Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson, Dax Shepard, Andy Dick, Tim Bagley, Brian George, Efren Ramirez

 

Plot: A slacker competes with a repeat winner for the “Employee of the Month” title at work, in order to gain the affections of a new female employee.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Personal Favourite Comedy

 

Story: Employee of the Month starts by introducing us to Zack (Cook) a serial slacker at a warehouse called Super Club where he goes about his day and is friends with all the staff doing as little work as possible. He doesn’t like the golden employee Vince (Shepard) who always wins Employee of the Month, the two constantly clash.

When a new beautiful employee Amy (Simpson) starts Zack finds out that she only dates the Employee of the Months which puts him into a competition against Vince for not only Employee of the Month but the girl.

Employee of the Month will always go down as a personal favourite for myself, mainly because I have worked in a warehouse similar to the characters, I know these type of characters. I liked how we got to see the change in the Zack when he starts being successful at work leaving his friends in his shadows showing a very selfish side. The romantic angle does take a backburner to the competition side of the story which I think helps because it makes the love side feel more realistic rather than forced. Saying all this you know where it is going by the end of the film but it is all a good fun film.

 

Actor Review

 

Dane Cook: Zack is our slacker who has got just getting by at work down to an art form, when he meets the new girl he learns that she only dates the Employee of the Month leading to him improving his work but pushing his friends away, the change in his character as the story unfolds is brilliant as it shows how you should never turn you back on the people that stand by you. Dane gives us a good performance in what could be his highlight of his acting career to date.

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Jessica Simpson: Amy is the new employee that grabs the attention of opposite workers Zack and Vince, she gives them both a chance to be a decent guy even though it is clear she has more in common with Zack, she lets the boys fight it out before we learn the truth about her past. Jessica does a good job in this role and is one of her better performances.

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Dax Shepard: Vince is the golden employee who has won the award for 17 months straight, he thinks he has it in the bag for a recorded breaking 18 but when Zack starts competing against him he brings out the dirty tactics. Dax gives us a good comical villain performance you would expect though.

 

Support Cast: Employee of the Month has a supporting cast that includes all of the friends of Zack that he changes through the film, along with the boss which add laughs and Vince’s assistant who also gives good laughs.

 

Director Review: Greg CoolidgeGreg gives us a good comedy that shows what it is like working in a warehouse conditions.

 

Comedy: Employee of the Month has good laughs throughout which I enjoy from previous work in similar workplace.

Romance: Employee of the Month lets the romantic side of the story take the backburner through the film.

Settings: Employee of the Month has a setting that I love because not only does it relate to somewhere I know but it also shows everyday characters grinding out living.
Suggestion
: Employee of the Month is one to try, I enjoy this but I can see why people wouldn’t enjoy it. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Zack’s first date.

Worst Part: Romantic angle doesn’t get used enough.

Funniest Scene: Jorge practising being a till operator.

 

Believability: You can see this rivalry being real but what happens not so.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $28.5 Million

Budget: $12 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

 

Overall: Laugh filled comedy

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2015 Awards – Worst Animated

Through the month of January, I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Worst Animated Film. I only actually saw one bad animated film this year, well I only saw about 3 all year so this wasn’t really hard to pick the worst.

My pick for worst

·         Minions minions I really can’t help but think this was terrible, I can’t help but think this is all about trying to capture a supporting character that really had no one to bounce off leaving all the laughs feeling flat.

2015 Watched List Part 51

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch.

 

So without further ramblings here we go 511 – 520:

 

1.      Hans Crippleton Talk to the Hans hanss One from the Troma fans really otherwise you will not enjoy.

2.      The Revenant rvenant Is this final time DiCaprio wins his Oscar, with this breath taking visual stunning film.

3.      Carol carol The first of two love stories that make this list with this being the stronger acted one.

4.      Brooklyn brooklyn The second love story to appear which feels like a more generic love story that is enjoyable to watch

5.      The Hateful Eight hateful Tarantino is back and this time he gives us his trademarks shining through the film.

6.      Looper looper One of my favourite time travel films of all time that actually feels fresh and doesn’t hold back any punches.

7.      The Lookout lookout A good crime drama thriller that really keeps us guessing while dealing with a sensitive subject.

8.      Blood Work bloodCrime thriller again here from Mr Eastwood dealing with health scares while investigating.

9.      Star Wars: The Force Awakens star wars This is the sequel we were looking for.

10.  Spotlight spotightBrilliant investigation into the corruption within the Catholic church.

 

The Best – The Revenant rvenant This was a hard pick 6 of these films got over 9 out of 10.

 

The Worst – Hans Crippleton Talk to the Hanshanss