MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,691 this week

Clockwatchers (1997)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  15 May 1998 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 3,858 users  
Reviews: 110 user | 40 critic

Iris can best be described as a wallflower. She begins her first day as a temp for the nondescript Global Credit Association by waiting in a chair for two hours. This sets the scene for her... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 15 Oct 2011
 
a list of 322 titles
created 23 Mar 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 30 May 2013
 
a list of 9998 titles
created 25 Jul 2013
 
a list of 83 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Clockwatchers" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Clockwatchers (1997)

Clockwatchers (1997) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Clockwatchers.
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mentally unbalanced young woman (who thinks she's Jackie Kennedy) flips into a murderous rage when her brother returns home to reveal he's engaged.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling
Party Girl (1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mary is a free-spirited young woman with a run-down New York apartment and a high fashion wardrobe. She calls her godmother, a librarian, for bail money after being arrested for throwing an... See full summary »

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Stars: Parker Posey, Omar Townsend, Anthony DeSando
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

When a petty criminal escapes from jail, she lays low by posing as a babysitter for two semmingly precious children. But when she decides to sell them for a quick profit, she gets more than... See full summary »

Director: Michael McDonald
Stars: Beverly D'Angelo, Ed Begley Jr., Carol Kane
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

For forty years Lilian Singer has been locked up in a 'loony bin' by her father. Her release is eventually secured by her eccentric Aunt Kitty and her brother, John. Lilian starts to carve ... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Domaradzki
Stars: Ruth Cracknell, Barry Otto, Toni Collette
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After an audacious jewellery robbery the whole James family heads for home on the run with the obsessive detective Julia Armstrong in hot pursuit.

Director: Mike Barker
Stars: John Hannah, Helen McCrory, Jason Flemyng
Hacks I (1997)
Mystery | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Brian is a television writer-producer who has to script a 22-episode anthology, but lacks inspiration. He witnesses a strange romantic encounter between two figures on the balcony of hotel ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Rosen
Stars: Stephen Rea, Illeana Douglas, John Ritter
Marci X (2003)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

A Jewish-American Princess is forced to take control of a hard-core hip-hop record label and tries to rein the one of the label's most controversial rappers.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Lisa Kudrow, Damon Wayans, Richard Benjamin
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A struggling actor lands the part of a rapist in a TV reenactment for a "Crimebusters" segment. He soon meets a beautiful rich woman whom he begins an affair with, even though she is ... See full summary »

Director: Rodman Flender
Stars: Sally Kirkland, Andre Rosey Brown, Carlos Carrasco
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Richard leaves his corporate office for a weekend at the country house of his fiancee, who is a daughter of his boss. On the way there he is forced to accept offer of lodging from local ... See full summary »

Director: Shawn Thompson
Stars: Gil Bellows, Parker Posey, Kevin McDonald
Bark! (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A comedy about misfits in which a veterinarian becomes involved with a client, whose wife has begun acting like a dog. Lisa Kudrow plays the vet while Lee Tergensen is the frazzled husband,... See full summary »

Director: Kasia Adamik
Stars: Lee Tergesen, Heather Morgan, Lisa Kudrow
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A string of murders at a local strip joint give a reporter the chance to do undercover investigation. She gets a job as a stripper at the establishment, where she befriends some of the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Philip Moore
Stars: Maxwell Caulfield, Barbara Alyn Woods, Martin Mull
Hanging Up (2000)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A trio of sisters bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close.

Director: Diane Keaton
Stars: Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Jane
Helen FitzGerald ...
Cleo
...
Art
...
Eddie
...
Mr. MacNamee
...
Barbara
...
Mr. Kilmer
...
Milton Lasky
...
Bud Chapman
...
Jack Shoberg
Irene Olga López ...
Coffee Lady (as Irene Olga Lopez)
...
Global Credit Receptionist
Edit

Storyline

Iris can best be described as a wallflower. She begins her first day as a temp for the nondescript Global Credit Association by waiting in a chair for two hours. This sets the scene for her (mis)adventures with the other "corporate orphans", Margaret, Paula and Jane. Led by Margaret, they find subtle ways to lessen the ennui of corporate oppression. The tension escalates when the new permanent hire, Cleo, enters the picture. Written by Vanessa Exum <vexum@mail.utexas.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Waiting for your life to change... can be a full time job. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

15 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avokonttorin prinsessat  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$34,838 (USA) (15 May 1998)

Gross:

$444,354 (USA) (21 August 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Paula says, "I'm so bad," after bumping into a guy on the bus, her mouth does not match the audio. See more »

Quotes

Iris Chapman: Everything is temporary. Everything begins and ends and begins again. When I look ahead, I imagine infinite possible futures repeated like countless photocopies, a thousand blank pages, and in each one I see myself, never hiding, never sitting silently, and never just waiting and waiting and watching the world go by.
See more »


Soundtracks

Riley's Theme
Written by Joseph L. Altruda
Performed by Joey Altruda and His Cocktail Crew
Published by Josho Publishing/Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Ocean Park Music Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Existential angst in a service based world
6 January 2003 | by (Morris Twp, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a really provocative movie that is artfully filmed.

Good art often offers commentary on the times. When you're in the midst of an era, it's hard to see what characterizes it. I think Clockwatchers does a terrific job of capturing a facet of the temp world of the 80's/90's. I was a temp for a year in 1988. It's quite accurate.

But you don't have to be a temp to recognize these characters. Yes Dilbert, yes Office Space, and especially the beginning of Joe vs the Volcano have these same foils. But I think Clockwatchers' take was unique. The characters were well developed while still being archetypes. There was a subtlety and style that all the others listed chose against.

The direction and cinematography of this film is terrific. It takes guts to burn film doing a close-up of someone's glasses for 10 seconds. There is real art to this film. The writing, the directing, the pacing, editing, all right up at the top of the scale. The acting was fine, but I don't think it's the strong suit of this movie. Toni Collette is a standout. While I love Parker Posey, I think she was probably a bit over the top here. The Muzak, while as mood-setting as the buzz of florescent lighting, can grate at a viewer.

This film touched on too may things to list them all. Here's a sample... What are you doing with your life if you're waiting for it to burn off? Isn't it exhausting and poisoning to pretend to look busy all day? If you are a cog in a machine, and accomplishing nothing at that too, did you really even exist? Are the "troublemakers" in life getting us in trouble, or offering us freedom (note there are two people here stirring up the pot)? What is theft (and theft of services)? Where is the dividing line between unethical play and immorality? At what point do you give up on the dream of personal growth? Are some people "better" than others? What does beauty (and grooming) have to do with it? Does the corporate hierarchy define our worth to others or our self-worth? What is loyalty and betrayal, to whom do you owe how much, and how do you give consent to those obligations/ownership? Work/friends/family are all portrayed as villains and allies wielding this loyalty Sword of Damocles.

One IMDB reviewer said this film was a good way to kill time after work. That's terrific irony. :)


20 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Any temp 'horror' stories you'd like to share? jumpingjoe821
The Ending was very sad..... wakkadakka
Can't stop watching it? Green-Winger
Complaints and Questions kayeanna77
What happens to characters at end of movie? ronaldsnelgrove
Rising cult hit? ombudsgirl
Discuss Clockwatchers (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?