The Temp (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  12 February 1993 (USA)
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A cookie company takeover has employees scrambling to make a case for continued employment. An executive's administrative assistant takes paternity leave, and he gets a temp who is too good... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Derns
Kris Bolin
Roger Jasser
Jack Hartsell
Brad Montroe
Colleen Flynn ...
Sara Meinhold
Charlene Towne
Dr. Feldman
Sharon Derns
Daniel C. Swanson ...
Nathan Derns
Demene E. Hall ...
Marla Higgins


A cookie company takeover has employees scrambling to make a case for continued employment. An executive's administrative assistant takes paternity leave, and he gets a temp who is too good to be true, doing tasks at a fast pace and doing quite a bit of creative work for the project. The executive starts noticing that all the obstacles to his climb up the corporate ladder are disappearing, including the death of some of his rivals. When his regular admin returns to work, his temp, who has made it clear that she wishes to stay with him, begins her own accelerated climb up the ladder, and he begins wondering if she was responsible for the removal of the obstacles. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Don't get mad. Get promoted.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ambición fatal  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$6,419,876 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reshuffles at the studio resulted in director Tom Holland having a different ending imposed on him, largely at the behest (it was rumored at the time) of Faye Dunaway who didn't want to be seen in a bad light. See more »


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Kris Bolin: He'd take off his shorts and I'd take off my bikini and we'd fuck underwater in front of the entire senior class on shore. They just thought that we were two lovers embracing. We could do that now. In front of Roger, Sara... and no one would know.
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Flawed but Fun
15 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many of the key scenes are telegraphed in the style of Friday the 13th.

Faye Dunaway is over-the-top. She's sort of like The Joker in batman. She kind of channeled her character from the movie Network, but it didn't work here as well.

Timothy Hutton is my favorite actor. He makes it look so easy, and has such an appealing presence. Another reviewer said that you want to root for his character, because you identify with him. I agree. That's the case with most of his movies.

Lara Flynn Boyle was great. She nailed it. However, her hair style, and the psychotic look in her eyes were a real turn off. Maura Tierney is meant to look depressed and plain. Therefore, there was no eye-candy in this one for me, although I understand that Boyle was, for most men.

Portland, and Oregon in general looked great. I never thought of skycrapers and big businesses in Portland, but I guess there are some. There is a scene when the characters are traveling down to the state capitol of Salem, via the Coast Highway. That was just thrown in for scenery, because the coast is way west of the road to Salem.

The main character's personal problem from the past is key to the plot. It seems a bit far-fetched, but I liked it. A simple, cheap plot device, but I'll allow it.

I thoroughly enjoyed the physical atmosphere, the buddy aspect, the believable wife, Hutton's persona, and the devilish Boyle. Not a great film, but I will undoubtedly take out my VHS copy again in a few years, or introduce it to a friend.

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