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An enjoyable story of Supermarket Rivalries
Employee of the Month (DVD)
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Employee of the Month (DVD)
Advantages: Very Funny film
Zach Bradley (Dane Cook) is a lazy, cool guy who works in a cash and carry supermarket, he does as little as possible as a box boy (Putting boxes next to check outs) to get by, lives with his Gran and puts friendship above his work and future prospects.
While he is a slacker, the dedicated, obnoxious Vince (Dax Shepherd) is cleaning up as the star cashier, with the attention of women and 17 Employee of the Month awards to his name, he's the golden boy of the supermarket.
One day it is announced that if he wins an 18th, he will receive promotion and 'nearly' new car and other enticements, also a new employee, Amy (Jessica Simpson) joins the supermarket as a cashier and when Zach finds out from her personnel records that she left her last job after sleeping with the employee of the month, the chance to get one over the obnoxious Vince and get the girl, make him try to realise his latent potential.
Dane Cook ... Zack
Jessica Simpson ... Amy
Dax Shepard ... Vince
Andy Dick ... Lon
Tim Bagley ... Glen Gary
Brian George ... Iqbal
Efren Ramirez ... Jorge
Marcello Thedford ... Semi
Danny Woodburn ... Glen Ross
Harland Williams ... Russell
Sean Whalen ... Dirk
Barbara Dodd ... Granny (as Barbara Dodd Ramsen)
Victor Izay ... Greeter (Jerry)
Marc Mouchet ... Gene
Kathleen Arc ... Grumpy Lady
With some decent characters, this is actually quite a likeable film, Dane Cook is a personable lead, although he does always seem to play exactly the same person in all of his films which is a bit annoying and his romance with Simpson is slow burning and sweet, the star of the film for me is Dax Shepherd as Vince and his creepy relationship with his box boy Jorge (Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite).
I enjoyed the fact this supermarket drama is hyped up to a point that Cashiers are considered the aristocrats of the staff food chain with a staff room containing leather sofas, the film explains why Zach is the slacker he is and his transformation follows the well worn route of winning the girl, losing everything and regaining it. Its utterly predictable and follows an increasingly well worn formula, but the setting and the cast keep it fun.
The film was on Film Four last night and I was pleasantly surprised and found it quite charming, Simpson is a tad wooden as is the supermarket manager, but its a fun film with a little heart. This is a 3 out of 5 film for me, it doesn't uproot any trees but it is enjoyable in an immediately forgettable way.
The DVD is available for £4.88 via Amazon or £1.34 via Marketplace, i'd go for the £1.34 option simply because its a film you don't need to watch more than once.
Summary: An enjoyable story of Supermarket Rivalries