Clockwatchers

on May 15, 1998 by Jon Alon Walz
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   Conceptually speaking, the makers of "Clockwatchers" had a interesting and wonderful premise around which to craft a movie: the intertwining lives of several temporary workers in a laughably stoic corporate environment. They even had a wonderful pool of talent, including one of TV's "Friends," Lisa Kudrow; the always wonderful Parker Posey ("Party Girl"); and "Muriel s Wedding" star Toni Collette. Despite all of this, director/co-scripter Jill Sprecher has managed to make a technically proficient film that is totally without a plot or a point.
   The film opens with a young girl named Iris (Collette) who arrives one morning at Global Credit Association, a faceless by-the-numbers company, as a temporary assistant. She is kept waiting for several hours before being interviewed and shown her cubicle. Making fast friends with the other temp workers there, she finds solace in their companionship and joins in their constant bickering about not being accepted or respected by management. From here, the film dissolves into a series of random scenes featuring the twentysomething leads griping about their lives' emptiness--but doing nothing to make a change for the better. Until the head of Global Credit issues a ultimatum stating that a recent rash of office theft must stop, and one of the girls is accused and summarily fired, there's not a hint of drama or tension. Cinematographer Jim Denault's wonderful compositions and beautiful lighting is the only contribution of note in this wholly disappointing picture. Starring Toni Collette, Parker Posey and Lisa Kudrow. Directed by Jill Sprecher. Written by Jill Sprecher and Karen Sprecher. Produced by Gina Resnick. A Goldcrest production; no distributor set. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 105 min.
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