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Employee of the Month

Starring Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson, Dax Shepard, Efren Ramirez, Harland Williams
Screenplay by Greg Coolidge, Chris Conroy and Don Calame
Story by Chris Conroy and Don Calame
Directed by Greg Coolidge

IN SHORT: yeah, well, OK . . . [Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, and language. 103 minutes

For customers of Super Club, the largest high-volume, bulk-discount retailer in the country, membership has its privileges. For workers at the cavernous store, the most coveted honor is the “Employee of the Month” award, and having one’s photo immortalized on the wall of fame in the staff lounge.

Enter Zack Bradley (Dane Cook) and Vince Downey (Dax Shepard), two ultra competitive Super Club workers whose ten years of employment have resulted in drastically different career paths. While Vince – with the aid of his trusty sidekick Jorge (Efren Ramirez) -- has advanced to become head cashier and winner of 17 consecutive “E of M” awards, Zack is the ultimate slacker whose scruffy appearance and laid back attitude has made him popular with his colleagues, but kept him stuck in the lowly ranks of the store’s box boys. The duo’s longtime rivalry comes to a bitter head when Amy (Jessica Simpson) – a beautiful new cashier with a reputation of only dating “Employee of the Month” winners – transfers to the store, immediately becoming the object of both Zack and Vince’s affection and often comical gamesmanship.

While Vince instantly impresses Amy with his crowd pleasing, flamboyant style behind his checkstand register, Zack’s feeble attempts to charm his beautiful new co-worker quickly backfire against him. With the race to win Amy’s affections slipping away, Zack determines his only chance rests in winning the store’s next “Employee of the Month” award. A battle to the end, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH shows that the only failure in life is when one fails to try.

box boy Zack versus Number One Cashier -- 17 consecutive months as "Employee of the Month" running, expecting it soon to be "18" as the story begins.

We saw Employee of the Month in a private screening room -- not our usual deal but that's where it was - in a buildling that was surrounded by rabid fans of one Jessica Simpson. It seems some dodo put the screening location on line and hinted, or hoped, that Ms. Simpson would show for the screening. The resulting mob scene was unbelievable. Here's something to note, for fans of anyone anywhere. The stars never show up for press screenings. Never. If you want to see stars, haunt premieres. Otherwise you're wasting your time.

That being said, we have no idea why Jessica Simpson is a "star". She's smarter than the doofus seen on MTV -- this based on a Leno sighting promoting this film. Simpson was smart enough to admit she isn't smart. Recognizing one's limitations is a sure sign of smart-ness. An oxymoron for sure but that's what it is. Wisely enough, Simpson does little more than look pretty for most of Employee of the Month, and those good looks are at the center of the story of the "cool guy" who saves the pretty newbie cashier-- all work at a Wal-Mart/ Costco warehouse clone called "Club Super" -- from the attentions of the store big-shot. There's a seven letter word that better describes the man but this is a family friendly site. You figure it out. Starts with an "A". . .

So a dozen or so connected types and friends got to see Employee of the Month, a pleasant dateflick that is a fairly big surprise, in that we had no expectation of having a good time at all.

Vince Downey () employee of the month 17 months running, looks to make it 18. If he makes it, he wins a brand new car courtesy his employers at Club Super, a warehouse-like shoopiing mart like Costco or the really big Walmart stores (Cranky lives in Manhattan and has never seen such things. Wondrous things, we've been told, but still a mystery to us). Vince needs a new car. His '81 Honda is pushing 33,000 miles. Twice around the loop (add 200,000 if you don't know cars. That's a lot of miles).

Amy Renfro (Jessica Simpson) is the newest cashier in town.

Zack Bradley (Dane Cook) is the hero slacker of our story who doesn't seem to do much at Club Super other than take up space and do the minimal amount of required work so as not to get fired.

a nearly blind opthamologist played by Andy Dick , a quarter ton of security man nicknamed 8-Ball

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Employee of the Month, he would have paid . . .


It's an OK dateflick. By our standards, as ridiculously low as they are, a great rental.

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