The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele) (2007)



Critic Consensus: Director Lars von Trier ditches the pretensions but keeps his misanthropy in The Boss of it All, a surprisingly sharp and witty comedy about office life gone haywire.

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Lars von Trier's black comedy The Boss of It All (Direktøren for Det Hele) concerns an IT company owner who -- in need of a figurehead to "hide behind" when confronted with employee problems -- invented the personage of a CEO during the startup period for his corporation. The scheme worked for a surprisingly long period, but when the time arrives to sell the business, massive problems arise -- for the prospective buyers insist on only negotiating with the CEO, in person. Thus, the owner further … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Lars von Trier
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On DVD: Sep 18, 2007
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Critic Reviews for The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele)

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (22)

In the humor department, The Boss of It All elicits few belly laughs but lots of thoughtful chuckles.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Detroit Free Press
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Scenes are thus punctuated by as many jump cuts as punch lines--a technique that amplifies the sly humor.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Perverse humor pervades the films of Lars von Trier.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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An appealing low-budget quirky spoof on corporations.

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A bit of a shambles, but perhaps in its lack of von Trier's usual pretensions will lie the charm of this film for some.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
This is London

Full of in-jokes for Von Trier fans and oddly shot, the quirkiness will probably be lost on those unfamiliar with the Dogme 95 man's work.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele)

I think The Boss of it All is the only von Trier film I truly dislike. Breaking the Waves was another, initially, and though I definitely still have my misgivings about it a second viewing sort of brought me around on the film's merits. This is a marginally clever treatment of viewership and an unconventional look at comedy in general, but in the scope of his filmography I don't think it really offers anything new. The idea of him creating a comedy so heavily reliant on cliche that he himself has to apologize through narration for the film is sort of interesting, but the novelty doesn't sustain 98 minutes' worth of viewing.

It's funny how intent can so radically change a comedy's reception. This is, all told, the most generic office comedy of errors you could possibly imagine, and some people seem to think it's exceptionally funny. It's really not even remotely on its own terms, with von Trier's lampshading providing the only real chuckles, and even that isn't all that inspired. Not recommended, unless you're hellbent on watching all of his films.

Drew Smith

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Pretentious & unengaging, Comedy,Von Trier style

Arash Xak

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Disappointing update to the Dogme school restrictions with an automavision shooting system. Von Trier may have found it an interesting technical exercise but it added nothing to the format for me. The sense of humor is assumably hilarious in Denmark but it didn't tickle me. The plot loses its tenuous grip on reality altogether at the end.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

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