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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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Peter Derns
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Kris Bolin
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Roger Jasser
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Jack Hartsell
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Brad Montroe
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Sara Meinhold
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Charlene Towne
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Lance
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Dr. Feldman
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Sharon Derns
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Rosemary
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Nathan Derns
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Marla Higgins
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Larry
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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 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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Don't get mad. Get promoted.

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

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12 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Ambición fatal  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,419,876 (USA)
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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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Though the movie takes place in Portland, Oregon, one of the characters is listening to a Seattle radio station, which would not be available in Portland. See more »

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Peter Derns: Kris. These are the pictures that Charlene was talking about just before she fell and died. I didn't call her that night and tell her that there was an emergency at the bakery. You did... on my behalf. You were going to kill her and pin the murder on me because you knew she was on to you, wasn't she? She knew you didn't go to Stanford. She knew you lied about having a family. And you knew that you weren't going to rise any higher here as long as Charlene was around.
Kris Bolin: I was going to ...
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Corporate gain, corporate loss.
22 September 2007 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Peter Derns an executive at Mrs. Appleby's cookie company wants to move up the chain, but his finding it hard and his marketing just isn't working. However when his new temp Kris Bolin arrives, she proves not only she's beautiful but very efficient in her job and helps him successfully with his campaign. But there's something not quite right about her intentions, which Peter starts picking up on and some executives fall to mysterious deaths. Is it all in his head, all is Kris really behind all of this.

Director Tom Holland has such films behind him like "Fright Night", "Child's Play" and "Thinner", but this sedate (and tame) psycho-thriller really does pale in comparison to those fun flicks. Holland's competently assured direction makes slick work of this lifeless and mechanically structured premise that never really takes off even with such a deviously twisted idea. Because of Holland's panache and a terrific cast (Faye Dunaway is great!), it stays effectively watchable. It's just too bad that studio interference in the editing side damaged just what could've been. The theme is all about playing on the twisty paranoia and lurking competition for success, but it goes on to lack that real daring and dark edge like a knife in the back. It sets itself in taut confines, and can feel rather calmly. The wordy script goes about things in quite an unbalanced frame, with an almost tongue-in-cheek style getting caught up in the serious moments. The two never really level out. Fredric Talgorn's music score is generically jarring, but suitable and Steve Yaconelli's sharply lensed photography and lighting placement is ably done for the right effect. Timothy Hutton is perfectly cast, and the excellent Lara Flynn Boyle is rapturously sexy and cunning to the bone. There's quite an intriguingly unpredictable pattern to Hutton and Boyle's mind-screwing relationship. This is where most of the pressure filled and sexual tension arises from. Oliver Platt appears, but seems wasted in an insignificant part as a slimy executive.

Lukewarm thriller that never finds its way out of its artificial mould and ends rather abruptly.


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