Release year: 2009
Director: Mike Judge
Screenwriter: Mike Judge
Starring: Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, David Koechner, T.J. Miller, Beth Grant, Dustin Milligan
As the owner of an extract plan, Joel (Jason Bateman) is used to handling professional problems. But when personal problems in form of a potential unfaithful wife (Kristen Wiig) interferes at the same time as a new employee (Mila Kunis) plans to take advantage of him, the problems goes over his head.
Mike Judge, the man who created Beavis and Butt-Head for MTV and Office Space (1999), has created this quirky comedy with a surprisingly amount of stars in the cast, considering how little you have heard of it. Bateman (Horrible Bosses, 2011) is the perfect fit as the everyday man put in an extreme situation where things quickly escalate into a living nightmare. The movie is almost overrun with great characters; Affleck (Dogma, 1999) as the friend giving terrible advice, Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2008) as the seductive scam artist, Simmons (Spider-Man, 2002) as the loyal employee, Miller (Deadpool, 2016) as the terrible employee, and the list continues. But Judge manages to balance them all, keeping a red thread in a story that seems like something that could happen for everyone and no one.
The scene in the pawn shop where Cindy sells the stolen guitar was filmed in the same store used for the infamous pawn shop scenes in Pulp Fiction (1994).
Picture copyrights: Miramax Films