Boss's Daughter. Dimension
Films presents a film directed by David Zucker. Written
Running time: 85 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for sexual
situations, brief nudity, vulgar humor).
Kutcher, Tara Reid, Andy Richter, Michael Madsen, Terence
Stamp, Molly Shannon, Carmen Electra.
a critic, August is one of the worst months of the year. This
is the time when studios shovel out the movies they don't
think will succeed, whether because of lack of interest or
the fact that the movie sucks. My Boss's Daughter could
conveivably succeed, I guess, but not with any good reason.
It is completely harmless, that's true. But it's not funny
in the least; and good jokes are, generally, pretty important
relies not on clever writing nor comic performances to get
- well, try for, to be more accurate - its laughs.
Instead, it uses ridiculous characters and bad sitcom style
situations. To get an idea, consider the worst televsion comedy
you've ever seen. Make it a little worse - that's My Boss's
Daughter. Now, to be fair, it's not really painful to
sit through like Freddy Got Fingered - it's not unwatchable
- but if you laugh once you'll be having a better time than
the center of the story is Tom Stansfield (Ashton Kutcher),
a nice guy who never gets a break. He is secretly in love
with Lisa (Tara Reid), his boss's daughter. When she asks
Tom to house-sit so she can go to a party, he quickly agrees.
Unfortunately, Tom's boss (Terence Stamp) is an anal-retentive,
angry man who demands cleanliness from his guests. As soon
as Dad leaves the house, things start going terribly wrong.
A coworker, Audrey (Molly Shannon), shows up, and soon the
house is full of dirty, rambunctious drunks. Everything that
could go wrong does.
would think that, with such a simple concept, My Boss's
Daughter would at least be able to garner some
laughs. Not so. Instead of even relatively clever gross-out
humor, we get a series of slap-stick jokes that don't work.
The best line in the movie (and don't for one minute think
"best" means "funny" - I just grimaced
the least here) is one character's theory on who killed JFK
- Desi Arnez. That's as good as it gets, folks.
Kutcher tries his best to play the likeable lead guy, but
he can't quite pull it off yet. Terence Stamp starts off relatively
strong as the sadistic boss, but as the movie progresses he
gets worse and worse, almost as if he realizes that no one
is laughing. Tara Reid is just as likeable as always, and
her performance is actually kind of charming. Andy Richter
is pleasant to watch as the family's estranged son; you get
the feeling that he could have been really funny if not for
the material. Molly Shannon is unbelievably irritating, and
Michael Madsen is pretty good.
as I said earlier, it's possible to sit through My Boss's
Daughter without feeling any serious discomfort
- it's just so damn earnest that it never feels like a really
bad movie. It wants to be liked - if it was funny, maybe it
could be - and for that, I give it credit - one star's worth,
to be exact. The other half comes from five minutes of Carmen
Electra in a wet tee-shirt; I mean, that has to be
worth something, right?
2003 Matt Noller