Employee of the Month (2006 film)
name = Employee of the Month
writer = Screenplay
Don Calame Chris Conroy Greg Coolidge
Dane Cook Jessica Simpson Dax Shepard Andy Dick Tim Bagley Efren Ramirez
cinematography = Tony Richmond
Lions Gate Films
October 6, 2006
language = English
imdb_id = 0424993
"Employee of the Month" is a 2006 American
comedy filmdirected by Greg Coolidgeand starring Dane Cookand Jessica Simpson. It focuses on two shop employees who compete for the affection of their newest co-worker. The movie was filmed at a Costcoin Albuquerque, New Mexico. [cite web | url = http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,214656,00.html | title = Meg Ryan and Vogue Ready 'The Women' | first = Roger | last = Friedman | date = 2006-09-20| accessdate = 2008-06-04]
*"Get your shift together."
*"You can't succeed at life and love till you can get your shift together."
For years, Zack Bradley (
Dane Cook) has been working at the local "Super Club" as an ambitiously invisible box-boy. Living with his grandmother, and spending his free time with his box-boy crew, Zack keeps people's expectations of him as low as his profile. When his kiss-up coworker Vince (Dax Shepard) earns the Employee of the Month title for the 17th time in a row, Zack couldn't care less. But when new cashier Amy ( Jessica Simpson) joins the store's staff, Zack falls for her. After discovering Amy is willing to date the next guy that becomes "Employee of the Month" Zack takes on current titleholder Vince ( Dax Shepard) to see who will win. He goes through many challenges and tasks to win her heart. At the end of the month, there is a tie between Zack and Vince. A competition is then held between them. The employee of the month award to be awarded to the person who finishes the task in lesser time. In the end, Vince just manages to beat Zack. During the award giving ceremony for the Employee of the Month, Semi, ( Marcello Thedford) the guard of the store, shows up with a video showing that Vince cheated to win the competition. Zack ends up winning the competition as well as the love of Amy.
Following its release, the film became the #1 most requested movie on
AOL[http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/6691/untitledsk2.jpg] . Despite the poor critical response, the film managed open to nearly $12 million in its opening weekend, debuting at #4 just behind "Open Season". The movie was made on a $12 million budget, and has earned a little over $28 million in the United States.
United Kingdomthe movie debuted at #4 opening with over £1,000,000 in returns. The film has grossed $34 million worldwide.
Cook posted the following on his [http://www.danecook.com official website] in regard to the film's box office success:
The movie received heavy promotion from not only TV stations such as
MTV, which aired sneak peeks of the movie every night after the "10 Spot", but a variety of websites including sites such as Perez Hilton, Myspace, and YouTubepromoted the movie.
Jessica Simpson also appeared on many TV shows such as "
The Tonight Show", "The Today Show", " Jimmy Kimmel Live", and MTV's " Total Request Live", where she was joined by Dane Cook to promote the movie release.
Dane Cook appeared as the host of the 2006 season opener of "
Saturday Night Live" to promote the movie, though no mention of the film was made during his opening monologue or the subsequent sketches.fact|date=January 2008
The movie was generally received with negative reviews. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a rating of 21% from 86 reviews and hence deemed "Rotten".
The 2007 region one DVD release of the movie contains two commentaries: one featuring the director (
Greg Coolidge) on his own, giving more technical information about the film; the second commentary features the director and star Dane Cook, who spends more time pointing out the origins of gags and actors throughout the movie. The disc also contains extra improv scenes by actors Andy Dickand Harland Williams, an alternate opening with Eva Longoriashowing Vince and Zack's first day on the job watching a video tape for new employees, an "At Work with Lon" feature showing Dick in character attempting to help to customers at Super Club, plus trailers for other Lionsgatefilms.
The film is also available in
* [http://www.employeeofthemonthfilm.com/ "Employee of the Month" Official Page]
* [http://www.myspace.com/employeeofthemonthmovie "Employee of the Month MySpace"]
*imdb title|id=0424993|title=Employee of the Month
* [http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/employeeofthemonth Employee of the Month Reviews] at Metacritic.com
*rotten-tomatoes|id=employee_of_the_month|title=Employee of the Month
* [http://www.moviefiller.com/movie_comment_view.html?iMovieId=1080 "Employee of the Month MovieFiller"]
* [http://moviegrande.com/employee/filmmakers.htm Employee of the Month - About the Filmmakers]
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