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Haiku Tunnel -- 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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Writers:
Josh Kornbluth (written by) &
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An office comedy
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Josh Kornbluth ... Josh Kornbluth
Warren Keith ... Bob 'Bob' Shelby
Sarah Overman ... Julie Faustino
Leah Alperin ... Temp #1

Jacob Kornbluth ... Temp #2
Stephen Muller ... Temp #3
Linda Norton ... Temp #4
Helen Shumaker ... Marlina D'Amore
Amy Resnick ... Mindy
Brian Thorstenson ... Clifford

June Carryl ... DaVonne (as June Lomena)
Joanne Evangelista ... Caryl
Jennifer Laske ... Helen the Ex-Girlfriend

Patricia Scanlon ... Helen the Ex-Secretary
Joe Bellan ... Jimmy the Mail Clerk

Michael X. Sommers ... Crack Attorney
Jodean Lawrence ... Denise the Receptionist

Harry Shearer ... Orientation Leader
Joshua Raoul Brody ... System Administrator
Adele Proom ... Josh's Mom
Tracy O'Neil Heffernan ... Lillian Hellman
Steve Klinger ... Dashiell Hammet
Jessica Hird ... Ann Dickerson
Margo Hall ... Danielle
John Bellucci ... Spastic Dancing Nerd

Brian Keith Russell ... Security Guard 'Guard'

Baron Bruno ... Tim Barnes

David Fine ... Oldest Bike Messenger
Todd Hickey ... Protester
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Directed by
Jacob Kornbluth 
Josh Kornbluth 
 
Writing credits
Josh Kornbluth (written by) &
Jacob Kornbluth (written by) &
John Bellucci (written by)

Produced by
Brian Benson .... producer
Nancy Carlin .... co-producer
David R. Fuchs .... executive producer
Jacob Kornbluth .... producer
Josh Kornbluth .... producer
Michael Peyser .... co-executive producer
Doria Summa .... associate producer
Stephanie Weisman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Marco D'Ambrosio 
John Flansburgh  (as They Might Be Giants)
John Linnell  (as They Might Be Giants)
 
Cinematography by
Don Matthew Smith 
 
Film Editing by
Robin Lee 
 
Casting by
Nancy Hayes 
 
Production Design by
Chris Farmer 
 
Art Direction by
Chad Owens 
 
Set Decoration by
Emilio R. Aramendia 
Melanie Tomlin 
 
Costume Design by
Chris Aysta 
 
Makeup Department
Divi Crockett .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Michael Axinn .... post-production supervisor
Christopher James Hall .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gino Caputi .... second assistant director
Jack Kelly .... assistant director
Colin Michael Kitchens .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kristen .... on-set assistant (as Kristen Souders)
Craig Mohagen .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Michael Axinn .... supervising sound editor
Christopher Barrick .... adr mixer (as Chris 'Bear' Barrick)
Christopher Barrick .... foley mixer (as Chris 'Bear' Barrick)
Brian Chumney .... foley artist
Lori Dovi .... sound
Edwin Dunkley .... video services
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Coya Elliott .... dialogue assistant
Andrea Gard .... sound effects editor
Bruce Lacey .... dialogue editor
Joanna Laurent .... foley artist
Joanna Laurent .... sound effects assistant
Frank 'Pepe' Merel .... adr mixer (as Pepe Merel)
Frank 'Pepe' Merel .... foley artist
Melanie Mociun .... sound librarian
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Sanford .... sound effects editor
Larry Schalit .... dialogue editor
Dee Selby .... sound librarian
Kent Sparling .... re-recording mixer
Erich Stratmann .... sound effects editor
John Torrijos .... video services
Karen G. Wilson .... dialogue editor (as Karen Wilson)
Marshall Winn .... dialogue editor
Doug Winningham .... assistant sound effects editor
Kendrick Wright .... apprentice sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christine Cannavo .... grip
James Childers .... gaffer
Rick Edmondson .... grip
Starrs McBurney .... assistant camera
Joe Mendoza .... grip
Sylvan Morgan .... grip
John Osteen .... grip
Jan Ruona .... first assistant camera
Paul Sanchez .... grip
John Schweitzer .... key grip
Peter Burgess Smith .... best boy grip
Andrew D. Stadler .... grip
Todd Stoneman .... best boy electric
Paciano Triunfo .... dolly grip
Jeff Warrin .... best boy grip
 
Casting Department
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger .... additional casting
Michelle Levitt .... casting associate
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Ching .... assistant editor
Rick LeCompte .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Terri D'Ambrosio .... score supervisor
Marjorie Galen .... music supervisor
Beth Hada .... music supervisor
Jamie Lincoln Kitman .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Bundy Chanock .... transportation coordinator
Clark Dolan .... driver: honeywagon
Adam M. Dunne-De'Coligny .... driver
 
Other crew
Michael D. Botkin .... production assistant
Heather Cappiello .... additional script supervisor
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Brenda T. Huey .... production accountant
Kimie Kimura-Heaney .... production assistant
Jessabelle Labampa .... production assistant
Stephen Lee .... production assistant
Tami Magaro .... production assistant
Chris Symonds .... production assistant (as Christopher Symonds)
Lesley Tsina .... production assistant
Ami Zins .... film commissioner
 

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Rated R for language and some sexuality
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88 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Bob 'Bob' Shelby:Go back to your desk. Settle down. Focus. And catch up.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
two definitions of mugging, 27 March 2004
Author: ThurstonHunger from Palo Alto, CA, USA



There's bug-eyed mugging, as in what Josh Kornbluth does a little too much in this film. And then there's the brutal mugging that this film is receiving here in IMDB comments. Ouch.

Much of the latter seems to stem around some resentment regarding this film and "Office Space." I've not seen the latter yet, but it seems to me "Haiku Tunnel" is a total ripoff of "Magnolia."

Kidding...kidding. That's my own little inside joke.

As for the jokes in here, I guess they might be somewhat inside. But I think if you've ever felt a bit like a stow-away on a job, you could connect with some of the alienation that Josh pokes fun at. All of the other characters here really are just foils for Josh, that might bug some folks.

Generally I found the amateurish charm to work here. I love "catalog" humor, and we get some of that early on in regards to types of fellow temps and types of lawyers. Quick flicks through stereotypes work for me usually. The film does slow down (as almost all comedies do) towards the end, when the plot piper must be paid.

Along those lines, in a bad horror film, I often will want to yell at the screen "Call the cops...NOW!" During this film, you will likely reach a point, as my wife and I did, where you will want to scream, "Mail the damned letters...NOW!" But we both did laugh throughout this. She especially loved the scene where Josh's boss won't let him quit, especially during Josh's litany of reasons that he is a bad seed.

But why do so many people, so strongly dislike this film?

If I squint my memory, I can sort of reimagine Kornbluth as Garfield (the cat, not the president). Maybe that is why some folks find him so patently unfunny. Just thinking about a punchline involving "Lasagna" and that comic strip sets my blood to boiling. Could that be it?

Or maybe some of the smirks that Kornbluth lobs towards the camera have the effect on others that a laugh track has on me. This does have a bit of a sitcom feel, but at least it isn't dragged out over 100 episodes. And there are some unique idiosyncratic moments here.

Or perhaps some folks need to be able to identify with the main character in a comedy, and Josh comes across with a little too much self-confidence and well, a little too much self. It's okay for Bill Murray to have too much of the former, just like it's okay for Chris Farley to have too much of the latter. But put them in one body, and look out?

I don't know what it is. But evidently half of you out there really shouldn't see this film. Not even on cable, late at night. I decided to watch this after seeing the trailer along time ago, so maybe look at that first? Or cross-check my other reviews...I recommend this one with a

7/10

PS You can fault Kornbluth's sense of humor, but certainly not his taste in music! Great songs through-out.

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