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The Temp (1993)

A cookie company takeover has employees scrambling to make a case for continued employment. An executive's administrative assistant takes paternity leave, and he gets a temp who is too good... See full summary »

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Roger Jasser
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Jack Hartsell
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Brad Montroe
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Sara Meinhold
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Lance
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Dr. Feldman
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Sharon Derns
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Nathan Derns
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Marla Higgins (as Demene E. Hall)
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Larry
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A cookie company takeover has employees scrambling to make a case for continued employment. An executive's administrative assistant takes paternity leave, and he gets a temp who is too good to be true, doing tasks at a fast pace and doing quite a bit of creative work for the project. The executive starts noticing that all the obstacles to his climb up the corporate ladder are disappearing, including the death of some of his rivals. When his regular admin returns to work, his temp, who has made it clear that she wishes to stay with him, begins her own accelerated climb up the ladder, and he begins wondering if she was responsible for the removal of the obstacles. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Don't get mad. Get promoted.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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12 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Ambición fatal  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,877,744, 12 February 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,419,876
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Reshuffles at the studio resulted in director Tom Holland having a different ending imposed on him, largely at the behest (it was rumored at the time) of Faye Dunaway who didn't want to be seen in a bad light. See more »

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Though the movie takes place in Portland, Oregon, one of the characters is listening to a Seattle radio station, which would not be available in Portland. See more »

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Peter Derns: Where'd she get the picture?
Rosemary: It came with the frame. She bought a set-five for $9.99 from Thrifty's.
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It Ain't Country
By Charles Martin Imouye
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Better than usual t.v. flick
10 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

If you haven't seen "Can't Stop the Music," starring Bruce Jenner, The Village People, and a host of "B" flick personalities from multiple generations, please take it in at first opportunity. It's my all-time favorite "guilty pleasure" movie, but unlike this one, is truly so bad, so over-the-top and loony it's moved on the dial past "0" and to "10" in its awfulness.

This picture, for me (as with others who've commented here) also falls into the "guilty pleasure" classification.

Nothing new for Fay Dunaway; she is attractive, but gnaws the scenery like a horde of beavers.

And this entire crew in the featured business enterprise, including Hutton and Boyle with their supporting players, would have trouble running a Junior Achievement project, say, where the kids were selling glove compartment emergency kits, or carriers for your television directory and remote control - much less engaging in big-time corporate strategies. Throughout the film, this thought held almost as much fascination for me as the plot and performances.

Another fringe benefit of a presentation like this one is that if you're interrupted, or have to leave for a brief chore or errand, there is no problem picking it up when you return.

The attractiveness of the cast, and the quality of their talents and resumés, is a few notches above those normally found in this type of t.v. film -- so this is another plus, which makes it perhaps 7*, instead of the 3 to 5 it would otherwise merit.


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