The relationship between four female temps all working for the same credit company is threatened with the arrival of a new hire, who lands a permanent position one of the women was vying for.

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Jill Sprecher
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Collette ... Iris
Parker Posey ... Margaret
Lisa Kudrow ... Paula
Alanna Ubach ... Jane
Helen FitzGerald ... Cleo
Stanley DeSantis ... Art
Jamie Kennedy ... Eddie
David James Elliott ... Mr. MacNamee
Debra Jo Rupp ... Barbara
Kevin Cooney ... Mr. Kilmer
Bob Balaban ... Milton Lasky
Paul Dooley ... Bud Chapman
Scott Mosenson ... Jack Shoberg
Irene Olga López Irene Olga López ... Coffee Lady (as Irene Olga Lopez)
Joshua Malina ... Global Credit Receptionist
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Storyline

Iris can best be described as a wallflower. She begins her first day as a temp for the nondescript Global Credit Association by waiting in a chair for two hours. This sets the scene for her (mis)adventures with the other "corporate orphans", Margaret, Paula and Jane. Led by Margaret, they find subtle ways to lessen the ennui of corporate oppression. The tension escalates when the new permanent hire, Cleo, enters the picture. Written by Vanessa Exum <vexum@mail.utexas.edu>

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Waiting for your life to change... can be a full time job. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for brief language | See all certifications »
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Parker Posey and Bob Balaban worked together on "Waiting for Guffman", "Best in Show, and "A Mighty Wind." See more »

Goofs

When Iris addresses the recommendation letter that she got for Margaret, she writes her last name as Burrell, when it is actually Burre. See more »

Quotes

Margaret: The only real challenge with this job, is trying to look busy when there's nothing to do.
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Referenced in New Guy (2003) See more »

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The Heart of a Woman
Written by Brenda Burns
Performed by Brenda Burns
Published by Brenda Burns Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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So accurate, it hurts
27 December 2005 | by groovymarlinSee all my reviews

Is this movie slow? Occasionally boring? Kind of depressing? Yes. Unfortunately, that is the reality of working as a temp in an office! Take it from one who's been there. I spent several years temping on breaks from college in the late 80s, and this movie brought it all back, vividly. The office politics, the way the permanent workers "look down" on the temps, the menial and mind-numbing tasks, the good old boys (mostly white males, at that time) who were in charge and above it all. Not all of my jobs were as horrible as the office depicted in this movie, but enough were that it occasionally gave me chills. I hope that things have improved, with the proliferation of computers and other advanced technology, at least in terms of the work itself. But I can guarantee that in some places, that temp vs. perm "caste system" will always be there, regardless of how the jobs get done.

The performances in the movie were excellent. I really liked Parker Posey's exuberant portrayal, as well as Toni Collette's studied, more subtle effort. She expresses so much pain and frustration through her facial expressions and quiet, even-toned narration.

The movie is not for everyone, and some viewers will no doubt be bored and/or confused by it. But if you've ever been a temp of any kind, or worked in an office, I think it will resonate with you.


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15 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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Clockwatchers See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,838, 17 May 1998

Gross USA:

$537,948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$537,948
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