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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.





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


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality






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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,386, 16 September 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$251,058, 30 December 2001
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Do you wanna go 'perm'?
16 September 2001 | by Aussie StudSee all my reviews

Josh Kornbluth wrote, directed and stars in this hilarious look at the world of corporate business and office politics.

He plays himself, a pathetic loser who lives a 'temporary' life, that involves both his relationships and his profession. When his temping company assigns him to a law firm titled "Schuyler & Mitchell" (a.k.a. "S & M" - geddit?), he is offered a permanent position of employment. As an incentive to get him to stay, one of the most hilarious lines in the film is offered right here - "We'll even cover your psychotherapy!"

When he becomes permanent, his first task is to mail out 17 important letters that he fails to do and as a result, turns his entire life upside down.

Warren Keith is hilarious as 'Bob Shelby', Josh's boss - who very much so resembles Satan himself. Harry Shearer is also hilarious as the guy who takes charge of the 'one-day' office orientation which includes troubleshooting the broken photo-copier. But the biggest laugh here is Josh Kornbluth himself.

Never have I seen a film set in the office place since Mike Judge's comedy 'OFFICE SPACE' that I found so strikingly hilarious.


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