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15 May 1998 (USA) See more »
The relationship between four female temps all working for the same credit company is threatened with the arrival of a new hire, who lands a permanent position one of the women was vying for. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (Cast overview, first billed only)

Toni Collette ... Iris Chapman

Parker Posey ... Margaret Burre

Lisa Kudrow ... Paula

Alanna Ubach ... Jane
Helen FitzGerald ... Cleo

Stanley DeSantis ... Art

Jamie Kennedy ... Eddie

David James Elliott ... Mr. MacNamee

Debra Jo Rupp ... Barbara

Kevin Cooney ... Mr. Kilmer

Bob Balaban ... Milton Lasky

Paul Dooley ... Bud Chapman

Scott Mosenson ... Jack Shoberg
Irene Olga López ... Coffee Lady (as Irene Olga Lopez)

Joshua Malina ... Global Credit Receptionist
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Rated PG-13 for brief language
96 min
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Lisa Kudrow and Debra Jo Rupp worked together as sisters-in-law on Friends.See more »
Continuity: When Iris and Margaret are at Margaret's apartment, Iris is holding a small ashtray and Margaret says she got it from a hotel. In the next shot Iris holding what appears to be a small dish of food, or even a microwave dinner platter.See more »
Margaret:Sometimes I feel like I could disappear for weeks, and no one would even notice.See more »
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Accuracy is never boring., 27 March 2001
Author: alvoalvo from San Francisco, CA

I suppose the viewers who label Clockwatchers "boring" simply don't understand that dramas are MEANT to be slower than your garden-variety Indiana Jones or Die Hard. These "action" flicks are ten-times as dull as the corporate setting for this astonishing study on class, friendship, and inner-awareness. Or maybe it is the female perspective or "chick-flick" factor that turn certain people off. Or maybe temporary status in modern American business isn't relevant to everyone. Or the subtle, less gimmicky observations of reality.

Clockwatchers is all of these things at once. Toni Collette plays the ultra-shy newcomer to Global Credit, the ultimate transnational corporation, who slowly comes to realize that the doomed bond she makes with three other temps is an extremely sacred event in her life. Iris slowly gains confidence through such comradery and at one point she doesn't want to leave, even though her father has higher career expectations for his daughter. Iris comes full circle at the end of the film, confronts one of her many bosses whom plot against her, and atones for not standing with Parker Posey, who is the life of the party as Margaret.

The creators of this film are SO incredibly accurate in revealing what worklife is actually like (the boredom, sharing someone else's space, not knowing someone's name or them not knowing yours), that I felt almost honored to know I wasn't alone. (Movies that are this honest about despair are never depressing.) This is combined by the subtle observations of Iris, which I suppose aren't as exciting as blowing someone's head off or toilet humor, but intriguing nonetheless. It is finally layered with political analysis as the female temps organize a strike.

Suffice it to say, Clockwatchers covers a lot of ground, but the layers are folded well together in a way that makes you care about what happens to these characters and their station in life. A must-see sleeper for those who prefer (for example) Merchant & Ivory over Van Damme & Seagal. 9 out of 10.

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