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Employee of the Month (2004)

"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 ... See full summary »

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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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The number on the bus David rides after being fired is 5150, which is a police code meaning 'danger to self and/or others.' See more »

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After Wendy leaves the hotel room, she gets in her car and does a U-turn on the street. As she turns, an orange traffic cone has been placed in the middle of the opposing lane, used to stop the traffic. See more »

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David Walsh: Every day some faceless knob walks out in front of a bus and buys it. They call it fate, God's will. That particular John Doe spent his whole life eating his peas, studying his algebra, saving for his 401K, blah blah blah... All that to wind up a brown stain on a 10 ton city bus, to be remembered as the poor schmuck that got hit by a bus. God kills true believers and kind souls everyday, and gets a free pass from the entire world. All because people think his murder and mayhem is part of some ...
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Scenes explaining various plot gaps are shown as credits roll. See more »

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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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Love Song
Written by John Ondrasik
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Five For Fighting Music
Performed by Five for Fighting
Courtesy of EMI Records/Nettwerk America, LLC
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Outsmarted
12 July 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Mitch Rouse's "Employee of the Month" was a good discovery. Not having seen it when it was released, we took a chance at it the other night, and it paid off. Mr. Rouse is a man that has worked extensively on television, as well as his co-screen writer, Jay Leggett, who also has a minor role in the film. These men prove they can write and keep their public involved.

The start of the film shows David and Sara toasting to their happiness, something that will be broken in the course of the movie. On the surface, we are watching David at his bank job. He seems to be successful and going places, until he receives the bad news from the bank's director that he is being fired because of his poor performance, when all indicates he is a good employee. On top of that, Sara, who is seen with her parents at a dinner in a restaurant, proceeds to tell him she is walking out on him because she has found out he is having an affair with Wendy, another bank employee, and a friend. How much can a guy take?

The film then changes as David decides to take things into his own hands seeking justice. What we are not prepared for is for the deception on most of the people around, and even David seems to be guided by greed. The surprise ending, in retrospect, seems to make a lot of sense because David is outsmarted by the same ones we didn't have a clue were involved, at all.

Matt Dillon is a good actor to watch. He carries the film because he is the most interesting character of all the ones we meet in the film. Steve Zahn, as the crazy Jack, does amazing things. Christina Applegate and Andrea Bendewald are also good as the duplicitous women who seem to have figured out their men and what make them tick.

The film is great fun. Forget the expectations and just have a good time.


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