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Employee of the Month (2006)


Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 72

Critics Consensus: Employee of the Month features mediocre performances, few laughs, and a lack of satiric bite.

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: Employee of the Month features mediocre performances, few laughs, and a lack of satiric bite.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 421,529


Movie Info

When a pair of ultra-competitive clerks at a discount super store discovers that a beautiful, newly-transferred cashier has a reputation for only dating employees who have won the coveted Employee of the Month award, their desperate efforts to earn the title and get the girl lead to a hilarious war of one-upmanship in this winner-takes-all comedy starring Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson, and Dax Shepard. Zack Bradley (Cook) and Vince Downey (Shepard) have been working at the cavernous Super Club for … More

PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, and language)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Gregory Coolidge , Greg Coolidge , Barbara Dodd , Don Calame , Chris Conroy
In Theaters:
Jan 16, 2007
Box Office:
Lionsgate - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Employee of the Month

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (72) | DVD (13)

Amy is little more than a pretty face, undermining the film's female appeal and leading one to wonder if Dukes of Hazzard eye candy Simpson is becoming a trifle typecast.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's a great Office Space-style satire to be made about big-box stores screwing their working-poor employees, but Hollywood studios covet DVD rack space at those same stores.

Full Review… | December 19, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There are people who think Cook is funny, but you won't find any evidence of that here.

November 24, 2006
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

There's a crumb of an idea to setting a movie at a mega-mart that makes the Office Space cubicles look like executive suites, but the results in Employee of the Month are toothless.

Full Review… | October 11, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Rarely has an actress exuded such blank nothingness as Simpson, a one-woman vapid delivery system who sucks the energy and joy out of every scene she's in, like some freakishly well-endowed black hole.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

The aggrieved employee movie genre is one of the more puzzling fads of late, since it showcases every vile prejudice and low standard imaginable.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Quite frankly, it makes perfect sense that Employee Of The Month is a terrible comedy - there's no one funny involved.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012

Predictable, crude comedy aimed at teens.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

This vapid, laugh-lite romp won't satisfy anyone. Except die-hard Jessica Simpson fans.

Full Review… | April 22, 2008

...there's ultimately very little here to appeal to even the most die-hard Cook fanatic.

Full Review… | January 31, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

So tossed-off and muddled it'll likely bore even the blue-collar male audience at which it's aimed.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

It's predictable and formulaic, with some slapstick, visual and toilet humour that may not have you falling in the aisles, but amuses in an undemanding way.

Full Review… | February 1, 2007
Urban Cinefile

Reasonably entertaining, though probably better as a DVD rental.

Full Review… | January 20, 2007

The latest in a long line of lowbrow slacker comedies of the Clerks persuasion, Employee Of The Month is funnier and smarter than most of its contemporaries.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007

saddest thing about this unpleasant, mirthless film is that it's photographed by Anthony Richmond.

Full Review… | January 6, 2007
Observer [UK]

A likeable cast is underused in this cut-price guy comedy with only the occasional laugh.

Full Review… | January 4, 2007
Empire Magazine

Basically, in the genre of workplace-based comedies, Employee of the Month is no Office Space, but it's nowhere near as bad as, say, Waiting, either. Watchable, but entirely forgettable.

Full Review… | January 4, 2007

You're fired.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
3BlackChicks Review

Cook's creepy smirk is downright hypnotic. You keep staring at it, seeking to find the gears and flywheels beneath the flesh, but the harder you look, the less you see.

Full Review… | October 30, 2006
Austin Chronicle

refuses to go beyond shallow observations and silly slapstick, making for an ordinary outing when that should not be the case

Full Review… | October 26, 2006

Keeps a smile on your face even though there are only a couple of actual laughs along the way.

Full Review… | October 18, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

Stocked with unfunny formula.

Full Review… | October 17, 2006
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

By virtue of its title alone, is it too much to expect "Employee of the Month" to be something special, perhaps a cut above your everyday comedy? Shouldn't the jokes make that extra effort, as well as the cast?

Full Review… | October 16, 2006
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for Employee of the Month


Competition for employee of the month hots up at the supermarket when a new girl comes on the scene. Funny movie. Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Employee of the Month is a film that really has some sloppy writing and on-screen gags. This is the type of film that is fairly funny for the first thirty mins or so, but afterwards the film becomes tiresome, boring, and the gags fall apart. Add to that an awful cast of comedians and you have a very forgettable comedy that isn't worth your time. The film suffers from many elements that make an awful comedy. First, Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson. Boring. Awful writing, check. Directing, check. This film is a poorly crafted film that doesn't deliver anything memorable or very funny. The humor elements are tiresome and strained, and really aren't jokes you can laugh at over and over, like so many other classic comedies. Dane Cook is horrible here, he's like his stand up comedy act, and it gets boring and unfunny very quickly. There is no redeeming factor to this film, aside from the end credits. This film is a stale, unimpressive comedy that doesn't stand out due to its poor cast. The film relies on its poor cast to create its humor, and with that in mind, you can rest assure that the comedic deliver is awful. This film misses the mark, and despite having one or two decent gags, this film suffers from poor script writing and a poor cast. This could have been a better comedy. A very forgettable comedy that isn't worth watching. A missed opportunity to make a good film is squandered with poor comic material and basically poor everything. This is a film that suffers from everything that could make a bad film bad.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Dane Cook undoubtely carried this film and made it extremely funny. Jessica Simpson wasn't that bad either.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

This is a pretty funny American comedy suburbia type laughs a go go, with Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook as the eye candy, there are quite a few laughs for you and your friends. I would recommend

Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

Employee of the Month Quotes

True. I knew a guy in upper management. Man went crazy. Strapped one of those things around his hairy ballsack, ran out in the parking lot, and blew a three dollar Hawaiian wonder cooler all over the place.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
I love ah-nall, who's ah-nall?
Vince Downey:
It's ANAL, dumbass!
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Do it for pride, the rest will come... including the girl.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Wow, that's gotta hurt. I mean, he's always doin' that to you. Stealing your thunder. You remember the red head? In gardening? Boinked her behind the monkey grass. And the asian in automotive? Did her on a pile of carburetors. Oh, and the blonde in frozen foods, with the... Doink! Doink! Turkeys done! Remember her?
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Vince Downey:
Well, I guess I can get a little anal...
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Vince Downey:
What are you doing? There are no weapons in this mission. I will not do time for you. I will roll over on you.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)

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