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HAIKU TUNNEL

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Haiku Tunnel

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
90 minutes
Wide Release Date:
09/14/01
performer:
Josh Kornbluth, Warren Keith, Harry Shearer, Helen Shumaker
director:
Jacob Kornbluth, Josh Kornbluth
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
John Bellucci, Jacob Kornbluth, Josh Kornbluth
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B

It’s not easy to make tedious office work funny, but Haiku Tunnel does just that. Kornbluth (who directed with his brother Jacob) plays a temp assigned to the San Francisco law firm S&M. Things go so well the first day that his supervisor (Shumaker) offers him a full-time gig. ”You go perm and the firm will cover your…psychotherapy,” she says enticingly. Kornbluth — a nudgier, pudgier Woody Allen — is a hoot, though the scenes in which he speaks directly to the camera fall disappointingly flat. Still, anyone who’s ever temped or thought a lawyer was the devil will appreciate Haiku Tunnel’s mordant look at corporate life.