This Employee is not funny

Employee Of The Month

on October 06, 2006 by Tim Cogshell
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It's been said that "comedy is hard." Truer words have probably never been spoken if the measure of "funny" is to be found in contemporary cinema. Today's movies can be called silly, crude, inane, stupid, buffoonish and, well, stupid, but they're hardly every funny. Not if one really remembers funny. The kind of funny that did not require anyone to be hit in the testicles or old ladies to say fouls things or defecation or a preponderance of disparaging remarks about gender, mental retardation, sexuality, weight or race. If one remembers the kind of comedy that leaned on wit and juxtaposition and flippant but apropos commentary, then contemporary cinema is not f*#%ing funny!

Which brings us to Employee of the Month. Comedian Dane Cook is Zack, a loser working at a giant Super Club warehouse store as a box-boy, with a number of likely cohorts played by the actors who make the rounds in these films, including Andy Dick and Harland Williams, each doing some derivation of some other spaz they've played in some other movie. Dax Shepard is Vince, Zack's arch enemy, with whom Zack will ultimately do Super Club battle for the honor of becoming the "Employee of the Month" -- even the title is not funny -- and getting to bed Jessica Simpson, known as Amy in the movie, but who is still just Jessica Simpson, all teeth and flowing golden hair. This will fulfill a number of youthful male (and lesbian, one imagines) fantasies and that's fine -- but it's not funny. Distributor: Lionsgate
Cast: Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson and Dax Shepard.
Director: Greg Coolidge
Screenwriters: Don Calame & Chris Conroy and Greg Coolidge
Producers: Andrew Panay, Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy, Joe Simpson, Barry Katz
Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, and language
Running time: 103 min.
Release Date: October 6, 2006

Tags: Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson, Dax Shepard, Greg Coolidge, Don Calame & Chris Conroy and Greg Coolidge Producers: Andrew Panay, Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy, Joe Simpson, Barry Katz Genre: Comedy
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