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Haiku Tunnel (2001)

 -  Comedy  -  22 January 2001 (USA)
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Josh has an offer to "go perm" at his employer and the first task is to mail 17 high priority letters....something that seems a little difficult to do.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Kornbluth ...
Josh Kornbluth
Warren Keith ...
Bob 'Bob' Shelby
Sarah Overman ...
Julie Faustino
Leah Alperin ...
Temp #1
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Temp #2
Stephen Muller ...
Temp #3
Linda Norton ...
Temp #4
Helen Shumaker ...
Marlina D'Amore
Amy Resnick ...
Mindy
Brian Thorstenson ...
Clifford
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DaVonne (as June Lomena)
Joanne Evangelista ...
Caryl
Jennifer Laske ...
Helen the Ex-Girlfriend
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Helen the Ex-Secretary
Joe Bellan ...
Jimmy the Mail Clerk
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Storyline

Haiku Tunnel is a frenetic office comedy about a neurotic male secretary who is a terrific temp but a horrible perm. When his new boss (a tax attorney who just may be Satan) gives him 17 very important letters to mail out, he doesn't, and the ensuing complications bring him face-to-face with a lifetime of personal demons. Written by Anonymous

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An office comedy

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Comedy

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Rated R for language and some sexuality

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22 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I'm Just a Secretary  »

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Opening Weekend:

$35,386 (USA) (14 September 2001)

Gross:

$249,469 (USA) (21 December 2001)
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The director's lack of frog anatomy knowledge resulted in the eyeglasses for the frog eventually being jury-rigged with a paper clip and rubber band. See more »

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Bob 'Bob' Shelby: Go back to your desk. Settle down. Focus. And catch up.
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Written by They Might Be Giants
Performed by They Might Be Giants
Published by They Might Be Giants Music (ASCAP)
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A laugh a minute. This movie rules!
8 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't understand the other rating; this movie is excellent.

All the role types that the characters have are as funny as those role types get, and they are are just adorable. The actors are in 100% stand-up comic imitation mode the whole time, and you wind up loving them all. One character, Marlena, who has a very stoic nature, is always accompanied by the sound of wind blowing desolately. Another, Mindy, is the classic over the top sweetness-and-pie secretary who gets a little out of control once she's had a few drinks after work. The main character, Josh, is actually one of my least favorite, but he's very appropriate and necessary for the whole theme of the movie, which is his fear of commitment in going from temp to perm.

The concept is frighteningly accurate for anyone who has ever worked in the law industry (at least in the United States, I can't speak for elsewhere) and has ever felt a measure of trepidation at committing to things. But you needn't have worked in law to be able to relate. Virtually anyone with half a brain who's ever had an office job can relate to this movie.

The flow of the movie is wisely done and finishes with all loose ends concisely and pleasingly tied up.

The soundtrack comprises a variety of independent punk rock and other stuff, all of which I enjoyed very much, and it is very difficult to please me musically right off the bat.

I honestly cannot understand why anyone might hate this movie, let alone walk out on it! It's accurate, fun, hilarious, well-timed, has a great soundtrack, good and funny plot, very appropriate title...

If your taste in comedies goes beyond the "Something About Mary" genre, definitely see Haiku Tunnel.


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