THE PLOT THUS FAR
Disgruntled fast-food employee Joe (DJ Qualls) has had it up to here with flipping burgers, so he’s flipping his boss (William Sadler) the bird, metaphorically speaking. But instead of sticking to his brilliant revenge plan, Joe kidnaps a beautiful girl (Nikki Reed) who catches his eye. Now, both he and his hostage are in for an adventure they didn’t see coming.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Joe (DJ Qualls) works a lowly job as a janitor at a fast food joint, Jims Burger Haven. His boss, Mr. Crolick (William Sadler), drives him up the wall by degrading, harassing and embarrassing him every single day at work. Not surprisingly, Joe cant stand his job and bottles his rage inside of him the entire time until, one day, he snaps when Mr. Crolick humiliates him in front of everyone, including customers, by announcing that he must scrub the excrement from a toilet. It’s really hard to take DJ Qualls serious as a threat, but his weak stature doesn’t really work for the character. While we used to be scared of Columbine style nerds, it’s too easy for an itchy trigger finger from a disgruntled customer to shoot the kid.
Masturbation also figures into the hero’s backstory. In a nominally naturalistic movie, all these teen-horndog, gross-out comedy antics mesh badly and confoundingly with what the filmmaker apparently intended as a trenchant story about an alienated and potentially violent young man. Without giving anything away, let me just say that Joe finds a sympathetic ear in Stefanie, a girl who comes with baggage of her own. That’s right, kids. It’s a film about a disgruntled workplace psycho and his creepy gal pal taking the workplace by the throat. Violence abounds, as people begin to worry about how the minimum wage worker will get respect.
The DVD comes with a making-of featurette about the production. The film was an obvious labor of love for the key players, as it was not a film done for money. I can appreciate the fact that the lead actors put up a lot of their money for the flick to happen. Honestly, that’s all an executive producer title means in this day and age. It’s just sad that the film doesn’t work as a serious look at the shit thrown upon lower class workers. In the end, I’d recommend a rental for most. Some people might just be a little sensitive to workplace violence.
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