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I really liked the first hour of this movie--really liked it. I liked the energy of the new boss, played by Parker Posey, (even though she's hard to take in many ways), and the fact that she inspires the just-get-through-the-day-in-a-job-we-don't-care-about office mates to care about their work. She's a Steve Jobs in drive and in treatment of her underlings, and I appreciate that a lot (the good and the bad of that). The whole office becomes glad for what they're getting to accomplish during the workday, which enriches their lives. They get a bonus doubled. Especially in this regard, I enjoyed how Eric Mabius's character (think: Jim Halpert) goes from wasted potential to useful, competent, better-paid worker and better provider for his family. I loved Annie Parisse as his wife. She's a mom, yet (don't take offense, moms!) beautiful, intelligent, sexually engaged, loving, and supportive to her husband. She's a fantastic, caring wife. They have a great, committed relationship and are a good model of a great marriage. And, Pete (Eric Mabius) is, like a few characters verbalize, a good, honorable, truthful guy who's intelligent and competent, but truly humble about himself. He's very likable. I like how Parker Posey as boss over Pete includes Sara (Annie Parisse) in work things and befriends her, almost as a safeguard to let Sara know that even though Pete and she are working closely together and hard on work stuff that she acknowledges that Pete is Sara's husband and not her (Parker's) love interest in any sense. So much positive is going on. The reason I gave the movie a 5, rather than an 8, is because I was so disappointed in what happened in the storyline in the last 45 minutes, both in actions that are taken and in the undeveloped resolution to the mistakes that were made. I'm glad the movie wound up in the end where it did, but I was in mourning for about 35 minutes as a few characters "go off the rails," so to speak. "Uggghhh. Oh, no. Oh, no. Don't become that!" was my response during that time. For me, it was brutal. I always enjoy movies in which good or bad characters have a choice, admit to themselves what the right action is, and then do what's right, even at great personal sacrifice, shame, or loss to themselves . . . out of love and care for others. Perhaps this movie makes the case for its viewers to be better than its characters by showing the significantly muted gains they experience by the film's end.
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