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Rick (2003)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 29 April 2004 (USA)
"Rigoletto" retold at Christmas time in Manhattan's corporate world. Rick, an executive at Image, is a jerk to a woman applying for a job. That evening, he's out for drinks with his much ... See full summary »

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"Rigoletto" retold at Christmas time in Manhattan's corporate world. Rick, an executive at Image, is a jerk to a woman applying for a job. That evening, he's out for drinks with his much younger boss, Duke, and the same women is their waitress. Rick's continued rudeness leads to her getting fired. She puts a curse on him. A potential rift with Duke quickly surfaces; Rick is approached by the hail-fellow Buck, who runs His Own Company, offering to rid Rick of Duke. At dinner later that night, Rick and Duke's paths cross again; this time Rick is with his stunning and beloved daughter, Eve, a student who has a secret relationship with Duke. All paths lead to the office holiday party. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Envy, lust, murder...business as usual.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Rick takes his daughter to dinner at Verdi's, a restaurant named after the composer of 'Rigoletto', the opera from which the movie is drawn. While they dine, the music playing in the background is "La donna è mobile", the Duke's aria from the last act of the opera. See more »

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When Buck gives his business card to Rick, it has a '666' phone number, but when Rick uses the business card in Eve's bedroom to set up the hit, the phone number starts with '555'. See more »

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Michelle: Okay, you can do this Rick. You can humiliate me, and mock me, and insult me and get me fired.
Rick O'Lette: Look I didn't know...
Michelle: But you know what? You're still an evil person, Rick. You hurt an innocent person and you will pay for it. I curse you Rick. You're an evil person with an evil soul, and it'll come back to you, it will come right back at you. I curse you, Rick O'Lette. It will come right back at you.
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This Reviewer Prefers "In Good Company" to Lackluster "Rick"
4 February 2006 | by (Twin Cities, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

"Rick" is an example of a decent indie film that never realized its potential.

The premise of the film was great, especially the early sequence in which the greedy, callous, executive Rick O'Lette (Bill Pullman) is unbearably rude to a young woman named Michelle interviewing for a job (Sandra Oh). In the film's best scene, Michelle lays a "curse" on him, which he instantly recognizes will come to pass.

Unfortunately, the rest of film was predictable and one-dimensional. Apart from Pullman, Oh, and Agnes Bruckner (who plays O'Lette's daughter), the acting wasn't very good. Also, there was overkill on the scoring that called major attention to the music, as opposed to utilizing the sound to support the dramatic moments.

It was unfortunate that Sandra Oh's character Michelle was not developed throughout the movie. We needed to learn more about her background and the "curse" that was her design on the evil Rick O'Lette.

For a good film dealing with the theme of corporate greed and the personal toll it can take on a family, "In Good Company" succeeds in every area where "Rick" ultimately fails.


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