The ExMay 11, 2007
A slacker is forced to work for his father-in-law after his pregnant wife steps away from her high-paying job.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 5.6/10 (11,053 voted)
Critic's Score: 32/100
Stars: Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Charles Grodin
In Manhattan, Sofia's an attorney and Tom's a cook who has a hard time holding a job. When their first child is born, they agree that she'll be a full-time mom and he'll get a promotion. When he gets fired, he takes a job in Ohio working at the ad agency where her father is assistant director. Tom's assigned to report to Chip, a competitive, hard-driving guy who's in a wheelchair and who's Sofia's ex-boyfriend – from high school. Chip still carries a torch for her, so he connives to make Tom's work life miserable. As Tom's frustrations mount, it may be that Sofia will take Chip's side. Is Tom doomed to fail yet again?
Writers: David Guion, Michael Handelman
(as Yafit Hallely)
Credit-grabbing. Back-stabbing. Wife-nabbing. Just another day at the office.
The Weinstein Co [United States] |
Release Date: 11 May 2007
Filming Locations: Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
(8 July 2007)
(European Film Market)
Did You Know?
Charles Grodin's first film role in 13 years.
Throughout the movie, Oliver changes in size inconsistently to the time line of the movie. For example, upon the arrival of the family to their home in Ohio, while on the porch, Oliver appears to be 1-2 months old. When the action shifts to inside the house, Oliver has aged by several months. In his next scene, the child has returned to his newborn size.
Why would I give you my 'yes' ball?
Zach Braff ("Scrubs"), Amanda Peet ("Studio 60..") and Jason Bateman
("Arrested Development") help this little film just over the "average"
bar. Even though their characters are pretty shallow, they put in a
good performance and partly succeed in making you forget about the
shabby script. There are a couple of funny moments, but without this
cast the movie would have fallen apart, its strictly formulaic approach
and lack of any inspiration just being too obvious. It's not as bad as
"The Last Kiss", but Braff should choose his options more wisely,
unless he wants his well-deserved Garden State acclaim to go down the
Recommended only for fans of the above-mentioned stars, the rest of you
is not missing out on anything.