Neuman’s Movie Monday On A Tuesday: Work Place Movies
Since Labor Day is just a day behind us, let’s look at Neuman’s 10 Best Workplace Movies.
10. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
The first time I watched this movie, I stared blankly at the screen. The second time, I could not stop laughing. It’s all about the dialogue in this one. Who wouldn’t want to watch this news team every night?
Amy Schumer’s character has to do a magazine write up about the talent doctor that works on the best athletes in the world. The doctor is played by Bill Hader who’s best friend is Lebron James. THE Lebron James and he steals the show.
8. You’ve Got Mail
The owner of the big company book store is muscling out the neighborhood book store. But the two owners met anonymously online and have been corresponding through email. It’s an alright story. This is one of the many times Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have played the leads in a romantic comedy. But both Dave Chappelle and Steve Zhan are great in this movie, too.
7. Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day has a great mix of funny and it is also very dark. Bill Murray plays a character living the same day over and over again in a town that he absolutely hates. Unofficially, it has been estimated that he lived the same day over and over for 8 years, 8 months, and 16 days. Each morning he has to give a report on Punxsutawney Phil and try to figure out how to win over his love who hates him every morning.
6. Tommy Boy
A buddy road trip comedy where Tommy (Chris Farley) and Richard (David Spade) have to not only save the company, but save the town. This is one of the funniest movies of all time. It was a good legacy for Farley to leave behind although he left us way too soon.
Clerks is probably Kevin Smith’s best work. The dialogue is fun and funny as one guy runs a convenience store and the other one runs the video rental store for the day. Don’t watch for the acting as Brian O’Halloran just waits to talk, but the movie is entertaining in black and white on a low budget.
4. The Big Short
Aside from the major cast this movie has, it was amazingly interesting. I suggest a multiple viewing of The Big Short since it is very confusing. It’s based on a true story of four guys who try to take on the banks as they can predict the housing market crashing.
3. The Wolf of Wall Street
Another one based on a true story. Jordan Belfort took penny stocks and turned them into a multi-million dollar industry. In the opening monologue, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) says that he was mad that he only made 49 million dollars the past year because it means he was 3 shy of making a million dollars a week. Then he shows what he does with his millions i.e. don’t watch this movie with your kids or with your parents.
2. Thank You for Smoking
How would you like the job of being the chief spokesman of Big Tobacco? That’s the job of Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) and he also is trying to be a role model to his son. This is some of the best writing for a movie that I’ve seen. Even if you hate smoking (like I do), you have to hand it to this movie. I like it because it has the best kind arguments, which is, “Just because I proved you wrong, doesn’t mean I’m right.”
1. Office Space
Mike Judge wrote and directed Office Space and this is the best workplace movie. It hits every stereotypical person in the office. From the guy who is too cool to be there and wants to rip off the company, to the guy who looks like he will set the place on fire, Office Space is the perfect “work away from work” kind of movie.