Movie Review: ‘Employee of the Month’ should have been axed

Alleged comedy is almost a complete disaster, saved only by occasionally flavorful supporting cast.

Antics at a Walmart-like superstore are handled with a resounding thud, with prime material to mine for comedy instead taking itself far too seriously.

What might have been a wonderful send-up in the vein of Used Cars instead follows traditional rom-com formula as slacker Dane Cook attempts to win the heart of new cashier Jessica Simpson by winning coveted ‘Employee of the Month´ status.

The leads are dreadful – Simpson, thankfully, has a bare minimum of dialogue, the filmmakers well aware of her inadequacies; casting a female lead with talent or charisma, however, may have served the film better.

When pic wants us to take a climatic cashier checkout duel half-seriously, we know something has gone awry here.

But Dax Shepard has fun as the ‘evil´ cashier, who we nevertheless root for given the options, and it´s nice to see familiar faces like Andy Dick and Harland Williams are still alive.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

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