Lawrence O'Toole
August 27, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Temp

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Lara Flynn Boyle, Timothy Hutton, Faye Dunaway, Oliver Platt, Steven Weber
director
Tom Holland
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Kevin Falls
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

A temporary assistant (Lara Flynn Boyle) gets a panicked advertising executive (Hutton) out of a tight squeeze — and then back into several others. When she asks if there’s anything else she can do for him at the office, he jokes that, yeah, maybe she can ice his competition. She does. This twisted thriller ought to be much more fun and have scads more style, but The Temp isn’t and it doesn’t. It’s watchable, especially for the few minutes Dunaway does her executive-shark routine, but not much more. C-

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