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A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life.
Sarah Michelle Gellar,
Ted Ryker is the top salesman in the New York office of a business machine company; the corporate stock lives by quarterly sales numbers, the competition is keen, and the economy may be in a downturn. Ted's company is marking time until a new product is ready - probably in a few months. Into the mix comes a new hire, a callow Midwesterner named Jamie, who's come East with his fiancée Belisa. Ted's a cynic - with a failed love in his past; he's profane, he's a lousy team player. He watches Jamie flounder, failing with presentation after presentation. Then, Ted finds a mutual attraction to Belisa. Where can this end? Written by
Ted Ryker (Michael Keaton) is the bitter acerbic top salesman in the New York office accounting for about 70% of the sales. Jamie Bashant (Brendan Fraser) is the new salesman claiming to be the top salesman in his Ohio office. The company product is inferior but their boss John Whitman keeps touting a revolutionary model is coming. The two go out on sales calls. Jamie struggles to make his first sale. He's planning to marry fiancée Belisa (Amber Valletta) and Ted has an eye on her.
There is a non-specificity to the product which leaves this feeling fake and unreal. It's also not unreal enough to be surreal. A lot of this feels fake (for a good reason). Jamie is so pathetic that it's unbelievable that he's a salesman of any worth in anywhere. The whole thing is oddly fake. Some of that unreality is explained in the twist but it's a bit too late. It never made sense that Ted and Jamie gets paired up as a sales team. I couldn't figure out why Ted is tied down with such a pathetic specimen. It was also odd that Ted never makes a sales in this movie. The central idea is intriguing but it needs to be executed with more realism.
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