Movie Review: Employee of the Month

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Synopsis: For customers of Super Club, the largest high-volume, bulk-discount retailer in the country, membership has its privileges. For workers at the cavernous store, the most coveted honor is the "Employee of the Month" award, and having one's photo immortalized on the wall of fame in the staff lounge. Enter Zack Bradley and Vince Downey, two ultra competitive Super Club workers whose ten years of employment have resulted in drastically different career paths. While Vince--with the aid of his trusty sidekick Jorge--has advanced to become head cashier and winner of 17 consecutive "E of M" awards, Zack is the ultimate slacker whose scruffy appearance and laid back attitude has made him popular with his colleagues, but kept him stuck in the lowly ranks of the store's box boys. The duo's longtime rivalry comes to a bitter head when Amy--a beautiful new cashier with a reputation of only dating "Employee of the Month" winners--transfers to the store, immediately becoming the object of both Zack and Vince's affection and often comical gamesmanship. While Vince instantly impresses Amy with his crowd pleasing, flamboyant style behind his checkstand register, Zack's feeble attempts to charm his beautiful new co-worker quickly backfire against him. With the race to win Amy's affections slipping away, Zack determines his only chance rests in winning the store's next "Employee of the Month" award.
Starring: Dane Cook, Dax Shepard, Harland Williams, Brian George, Jessica Simpson
Directed by: Greg Coolidge
U.S. Rating: PG-13

I had the chance to watch Employee of the Month one more time this week, and I totally enjoyed it. The first time I watched, it was over 3 years ago and this week, I had the same good laughs I had when I watched it those years ago.

Employee of the Month brings the story of Zack, a "box boy" working at a Super Club, the largest high-volume, bulk-discount retailer in the country. He tries to avoid responsibilities. Years before, he went for an internet venture and lost all of his own money and his grandmother's money, forcing them to live together. Since that event, he decided to take life in a very easy way, not being responsible at all.

He has some cool friends at his job. In fact, Zack and his friends enjoy some especial benefits from their work place. They have a secret crib where they spend their breaks, playing cards, drinking beer, spying other employees and having some fun.

Zack hates Vince, the "star" of this retailer. Vince has been the employee of the month for 17 months in a row. He's the fastest cashier of the retailer and he's proud about it. Zack plays pranks on him just because he loves it, he hates him to much to avoid it.

Everything changes when the retailer hires Amy, a new cashier. Zack and Vince will soon be involved in a personal competition to get Amy's attention. Zack gets the news that Amy has some attraction for the employees of the month, so he decides to win the award the month that is about to start.

All of his friends laugh histerically towards the news and decision of running for this award, since they know how irresponsible, always late and bad employee he is. He starts working hard to make it happen, but he learns fast how difficult is geting the "daily star" through the good deeds and hard work.

He finally sees the results of his hard work when he starts getting those daily stars and tie the results with Vince. The only problem is that he lost the vision on what matters the most... his friends. Amy also knew that he was doing it for her, because he thought she'd like him if he won the competition.

At the end, they run for the last competition. Zack has decided to run for the award just because he can do it for himself, not for someone else.

I'm not a huge fan of Jessica Simpson. I personally believe she's the perfect example of what a dumb blond bimbo really is. I'm glad that Dane Cook and Dax Shepard stole the show and just helped her to be part of it.

Some people criticized the film saying that it was extremely predictable. Yes, it was predictable. If you're running for the "Employee of the Month", and the title of the film is "Employee of the Month", what do you think is going to happen?! Some other people criticized that Dane Cook wasn't funny at all, and I personally believe that he was actually playing the "less" funny role in this film.

Yes, the film was predictable, and it was a silly comedy film, but totally fun and enjoyable to watch. It is one of those comedy films that makes the perfect evening at home, relaxing while watching it and eating some popcorn and a good drink. If you're looking for some silly laughs, and you don't mind watching Jessica Simpson playing his real personality, it will be a good option to watch.

I would rate this movie with a 3/5

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