I Really Hate My Job


Perhaps you are familiar with the film Waiting, a Ryan Reynolds comedy about a day in the life of a restaurant. That was a low-brow but comically accurate look behind the scenes at the family-style American chain restaurants like Applebee's, and it focused on events rather than characterization.

I Really Hate My Job takes on an identical theme - that nobody in the restaurant business really wants to be there - and does so in an identical way, by showing one day in the life of a restaurant from opening until closing. This version has a bit of a different take than Waiting. It focuses on a trendy little restaurant in London, and it brings the lives of the staff to the forefront while relegating the comic mishaps to the rear. Probably too much to the rear.

Oh, the characters seem to be acting in a comedy. They deliver their lines in a rapid-fire pace with no pauses either within or between them, as if they were all in a 1930's comedy with Cagney or Kate Hepburn. And there are comic pratfalls, like a rat infestation and a drunken waitress who waits on tables naked. But the film generates no real laughter. Because the scriptwriter placed characterization above cheap laughs, the ordinary service employees stay in character. They are not stand-up comics. They are not gag writers. Therefore, their conversations ring of the quotidian and mundane, and they have neither humorous insights nor Wildean badinage in their repertoire.  In short, it's a comedy without any of that pesky humor to slow it down.

Two other items of interest:

  1. If you enjoy an occasional guilty pleasure in your theater-going experiences, Neve Campbell is the waitress who gets completely naked, and she presents her breasts and a full-length rear view at some length in good light while delivering a stagy, self-absorbed drunken monologue.


  1. I Really Hate My Job was the very last screen appearance made by Barry Morse, the actor who was well known to baby boomers as Lt. Gerard on the popular American TV series The Fugitive. You can see him in the frame below, behind the light. He was 89, and would die before his next birthday.


Since the film is located entirely in the restaurant and only five people have any significant lines, watching it is like attending a stage play which focuses all of its energy on the frustrations of five women living lives very different from the ones they once dreamt of. If you are one of the relatively small number of filmgoers who might be seeking that sort of entertainment, the film presents its claustrophobic psychological dramedy competently. There are five reasonably interesting characters played by a solid cast, and there's a charming musical cameo from Danny Huston as himself.

In other words, the film is not without its charms, but is certainly without any broad appeal.

I didn't repeat the the caps and clips which have been presented by others in the past three or four days.



  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Severely Rape


The title is basically an example of Engrish. Grammatically, the title should be "Severely Raped," but even that is completely misleading since Gik dou keung gaan includes neither rape nor severity. It means "raped" in the sense of "coerced" or "manipulated," and the proper title should be something like "Thoroughly Scammed." It's a Hong Kong Category 3 (softcore) comedy which might be described as kind of a Chinese take on the concept of The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Elvis Tsui, king of the Category 3 films, plays a middle-aged virgin who owns an interior design shop in Hong Kong. His younger friend has frequent fun with a mainland girl whenever he can get away from his wife. The younger man introduces Elvis to a friend of his own girl, never realizing that both women are married hookers who are out to bilk the two men out of every cent they have. Elvis's friend spots his girl with another man, and picks up yet another woman. The third woman, it turns out, is in on the whole scam.

Unfortunately, some of the subtitles are direct, literal translations, and some knowledge of Chinese languages and culture will aid in understanding what is going on, especially since some of the humor derives from a language barrier between Mandarin and Cantonese, and that is not easy to capture in English subtitles. That notwithstanding, the film is worthwhile. Elvis gives a nuanced, thoughtful performance, and comes off as a very sympathetic character. The women are attractive, the acting is good, and the story is interesting.


Wada Yuko

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I have to say the French really know how to make a sex movie, even in the English language, for example our flick or the day "Intimacy." You may think that you are watching "Tool Time" as Kerry Fox fondles a guy's dick and gives him a blow job. She also shows it all.


Not to be outdone Rebecca R. Palmer also gives up the full frontal as she does the same lucky guy that's getting all the action.








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Scoop's note: The ultimate chick-flick. Men score it 5.6 at IMDb, women 7.6. So far as I know, that is the largest gender gap for any major film.







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