Reviewed by: Rosemarie Ute Hoffman
|Featuring:||Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid, Carmen Electra, Andy Richter, Molly Shannon|
Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company
“Skip this crude and unfunny loser”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Eager but accident-prone young executive Tom Stansfield has finally happened upon the opportunity of his lifetime: he can impress his megalomaniac boss and the boss’s beautiful daughter, Lisa, by simply house-sitting their lavish mansion for one night. It’s a plan that could lead to love and success, if only the guests didn’t keep arriving.
From director David Zucker (“The Naked Gun,” “Airplane!”) comes an outrageous, fast-and-rowdy romantic comedy about a young man whose quest for the girl of his dreams is interrupted by a constant flow of calamities. One by one, a barrage of wild and crazy visitors take over the house he’s supposed to be watching and turn it upside down, as well as inside out.”
“My Boss’s Daughter” should have kept its original title, “The Guests” (1/31/03). The uninvited misfits run the gamut from a drug dealer to a neighbor with a bleeding head injury who has Cheetos stuck to her wound.
Drug dealer, T.J. (Michael Madsen), when confronted with an armed Tom Stansfield (Ashton Kutcher), decides to pull his own “gun”—urinating all over Mr. Taylor’s (Terence Stamp) Persian rug while another guest followed shortly after.
The dim-witted humor, racial innuendoes, breast touching, and the brief strip tease dance (no full nudity) by Lisa Taylor (Tara Reid) sums up to no more than a juvenile flick. It’s a classic wanna be of “Animal House” satire, but just doesn’t make the cut. Although it does have moments of potential, before long it haphazardly spirals down hill.
Disastrous things do happen to good people, and Kutcher displays this magnificently when he finds himself in a misunderstood commitment. Instead of a date with the boss’s daughter, he is sitting for the house and O.J., Mr. Taylor’s pet owl.
Kutcher personifies a man who would do anything for anyone, even at the cost of letting the guests take control and damage the house. Along with failing to carefully watch over O.J., which makes for a hearty mix of disaster.
Molly Shannon plays the fired secretary, Audrey, who is not far from her usual characters in the “Saturday Night Live” television show, as she’s felt up by Kutcher and seems to enjoy every squeeze.
Besides all the movie’s jerks and jolts, the defining element seems to be that “all things work together for good,” whether we like it or not. Kutcher represents this truth as a humble young man who is hopeful for the future—shooting for a job promotion and landing the girl of his dreams.
“My Boss’s Daughter” is another summer filler, no blockbuster movie magic here!
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