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Haiku Tunnel (2001)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Kornbluth ... Josh Kornbluth
Warren Keith ... Bob 'Bob' Shelby
Sarah Overman Sarah Overman ... Julie Faustino
Leah Alperin Leah Alperin ... Temp #1
Jacob Kornbluth ... Temp #2
Stephen Muller Stephen Muller ... Temp #3
Linda Norton Linda Norton ... Temp #4
Helen Shumaker Helen Shumaker ... Marlina D'Amore
Amy Resnick Amy Resnick ... Mindy
Brian Thorstenson Brian Thorstenson ... Clifford
June Carryl ... DaVonne (as June Lomena)
Joanne Evangelista Joanne Evangelista ... Caryl
Jennifer Laske Jennifer Laske ... Helen the Ex-Girlfriend
Patricia Scanlon ... Helen the Ex-Secretary
Joe Bellan Joe Bellan ... Jimmy the Mail Clerk
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Storyline

Haiku Tunnel is a frenetic office comedy about a neurotic male secretary who is a terrific temp but a horrible perm. When his new boss (a tax attorney who just may be Satan) gives him 17 very important letters to mail out, he doesn't, and the ensuing complications bring him face-to-face with a lifetime of personal demons. Written by Anonymous

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An office comedy

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm Just a Secretary See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,386, 16 September 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$251,058, 30 December 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Goofs

When going through the instructions left for Helen, Joshua says it is "Eleven and a half single-spaced pages", but the document is double-spaced. See more »

Quotes

Bob 'Bob' Shelby: Go back to your desk. Settle down. Focus. And catch up.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits we hear a voiceover of Bob Shelby's dictating a letter See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD includes outtakes and six deleted scenes:
  • Medieval Marlina: a 'secretarial simulation' showing Marlina dressed in medieval garb;
  • Neurotic Adventurer: on his way to the Pine building, Josh has a flashback of himself in college;
  • Apology: more footage of Josh trying to convinge the guard to let him enter the Pine building;
  • Politeness: Josh complains about Bob Shelby's constant politeness;
  • Fatelets: Josh delivers a monologue while having sex with Julia;
  • Coda: epilogue showing Josh bicycling up on a mountain. He meets Darlene, and they ride away together on her motorcycle.
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Connections

Features Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

L'oiseau de feu
(The Firebird)
Igor Stravinsky
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hysterically funny
18 November 2003 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

I only watched this because I was intrigued by the title and when I read the description in the online tv listings it just said, "temp job becomes permanent," and I wanted to see how you could get a movie out of that. Anyway, this film is absolutely wonderful, laugh out loud funny throughout. It's based on a monologue by Josh Kornbluth, parts of which are included, and that's probably the weakest part of the movie, since while it probably worked great with an audience some of it seems overly silly and frenetic without a live audience laughing. But most of it is utterly amazing, especially for us ex temps who loved Clockwatchers, and there are some wonderful performances, most notably Helen Shumaker as a Nurse Ratchet-style head secretary and Warren Keith as Josh's low-key boss. Well worth seeing, I gave it 8/10 in the vote.


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