My Boss' Daughter: Chuck Hodes
Lisa Schwarzbaum
September 05, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

My Boss's Daughter

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
88 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/22/03
performer
Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid, Jon Abrahams, Carmen Electra, Tyler Labine, Michael Madsen, Andy Richter, Molly Shannon, Terence Stamp, Jeffrey Tambor
director
David Zucker
distributor
Dimension Films
author
David Dorfman
genre
Comedy

We gave it a F

In My Boss’s Daughter, Ashton Kutcher plays Tom, a nice young man working in a world of crass, ruthless swine (i.e., a book publishing company) who has a crush on Lisa (Tara Reid), the blond-and-tan daughter of his rabid boss, Jack (Terence Stamp). Out of devotion to her, Tom agrees to house-sit Jack’s mansion (and feed his pet owl) while the father is away on business and the daughter is out partying. Mayhem ensues, of course, and the worst of it is the utter abandon-all-hope trashing of the great ”Airplane!” and ”Police Squad!” tradition established, yea, decades ago by David Zucker, who directs this mess like a substitute teacher soldiering through a day’s work for a day’s pay at a decertified school.

A lot of unafraid comedians participate with manic sloppiness in the debacle — among them Molly Shannon, Andy Richter, Kenan Thompson, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Madsen, and, for buoyancy, Carmen Electra — yet never have the delicate calibrations that keep slapstick funny been so jammed, leaving the six or seven people who see this in theaters to wonder, what if?

What if the script (by relative greenhorn David Dorfman, who also wrote the more polished ”Anger Management”) were under the care of experienced comedy doctors? What if the leads had been played by stronger actors, rather than two actor-shaped celebrities cast more for punchline interest than for punch?

I await the boss’s executive report at his earliest convenience to clear up this grievous matter.

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