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Employee of the Month (2004)

It just isn't David's day. First he gets fired at the bank, then his fiancee breaks up and throws him out of the house. The bank gets robbed and he gets shot. Twists follow.

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Mitch Rouse
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... David Walsh
Steve Zahn ... Jack
Christina Applegate ... Sara Goodwin
Andrea Bendewald ... Wendy
Jay Leggett ... Dorff
David Pasquesi ... Kyle Lacopa
Peter Jason ... Bill Gartin
Paul Dooley ... Reverend Ben Goodwin
Noel Gugliemi ... Chicken (as Noel Guglielmi)
Dave Foley ... Eric
Renee Albert ... Martha
Enrique Almeida Enrique Almeida ... Ruben
Mark Beltzman ... Hank
Brian Blondell Brian Blondell ... Paulo, the Waiter
John Timothy Botka John Timothy Botka ... Yuppie
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"Employee of the Month" is about a guy whose day spirals from bad to worse when he gets fired from his dream job at the bank and is dumped by his fiancée Sara. David's best friend Jack tries to convince him it's for the best, but the opposite occurs when bank robberies and millions of dollars become part of his day from hell. Written by Anonymous

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Things are not always what they seem. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akire büszkék vagyunk! - A hónap dolgozója See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David refers to the bank he works at as North and Wells. Director and writer Mitch Rouse is an alumnus of famed improvisational theatre The Second City which is located at North Ave. and Wells St. in Chicago. See more »

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The picture David's boss turns down while he is firing him pops back up before the end of the scene. See more »

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David Walsh: If America is the great melting pot, then L.A. public transportation is the gooey shit baked on the bottom.
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Scenes explaining various plot gaps are shown as credits roll. See more »

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References The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Fire Mountain
Written by Scott Rouse
Published by Shabloo Music
Performed by Hops & Barley
Courtesy of GrooveGrass Recordings
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The Perfect Bad Day – A Masterpiece of Black Comedy
13 June 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

David Walsh (Matt Dillon) has a perfect life: a gorgeous fiancée, Sarah Goodwin (Christina Applegate); a beautiful house; a fancy car; a job of manager in a bank. On the day he expects to be elected "The Employee of the Month", he is fired; Sarah finds that he had an affair with his colleague Wendy (Andrea Bendwald) and calls off their engagement; and a hooker sent by his friend Jack (Steve Zahn) to stay with him in a motel steals his car. On the next day, in his farewell, there is a heist in the bank and he is abducted. But his fate before reaching Nirvana has not finished yet.

While watching "Employee of the Month", I was feeling the story very unpleasant, mostly because of the disgusting character of Jack, and also because of the jinx of David. But suddenly, the story twists with an outrageous and surprising plot point, becoming the perfect bad day of David a masterpiece of black comedy. When I first saw Matt Dillon partially burnt in the beginning of the movie, I believed the actor had had some accident, and only later it was disclosed that the scars were part of his character. The unknown Andrea Bendwald is really a very beautiful woman and has an important participation in the conclusion of the story, inclusive along the credits. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Dia Perfeito" ("The Perfect Day")


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