A recently paroled ex-con who has trouble adjusting to the wacky normalcy of life outside of prison. He has spent the last three years behind bars after getting caught committing a crime and taking the rap for his much more dangerous pal.
When underappreciated video specialist Joe Scheffer is brutally humiliated by the office bully Mark McKinney in front of his daughter, Joe begins a quest for personal redemption. He proceeds by enduring a personal make-over and takes martial arts lessons from a B-action star. As news spreads of his rematch with Mark, Joe suddenly finds himself the center of attention, ascending the corporate ladder and growing in popularity. He's determined to show everyone in his life that he is not a nobody, but a force to be reckoned with.Written by
The trailer indicates or shows that Joe Scheffer is the Director of Internal Communications before the incident occurred in the parking lot but this is not actually true in the theatrical release of the movie as Joe Scheffer did not become the Director of Internal Communications until afterwards. See more »
Near the end of the film, Joe Sheffer grabs his girlfriend, Meg Harper. When seen from her point of view, he's got her by the wrist; when seen from his point of view, he's got her by the elbow. See more »
That's Mark McKinney! He's a seven-year employee. W-what's he doing in the ten-year lot?
Maybe he's gonna stand around for another three years.
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Joe wanted to make movies, but ended up making commercials for a big pharmaceutical firm. We understand that his work is quite good, but Joe is a "nice" guy. Not a fighter. He doesn't fight for promotions like others do, so he is taken for granted and they can barely remember his name. He didn't even fight when his materialistic wife dumped him for a much younger, and empty headed actor. But he loves his 12-year-old daughter so much that he has turned her into a tomboy. It's a "guy" fantasy, remember, so he and his daughter love nothing so much as professional sports. But then something happens that shames him in front of the kid, and the only way he can go forward is to learn to fight back. That's the setup, but the way he deals with it is what makes it a good film. On the downside, all the tail licking over the sports shtick gets tiresome at times, as though there was something spiritually transcendent about shooting a ball through a hoop, but then it can't really be a "guy" film without the obligatory jock strap, right?
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