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Employee of the Month (2006)



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

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


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 24

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



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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


Drama, Comedy

Don Calame, Chris Conroy, Greg Coolidge, Barbara Dodd

Jan 16, 2007


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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (28) | 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.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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There are people who think Cook is funny, but you won't find any evidence of that here.

November 24, 2006
Rolling Stone
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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.

October 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The aggrieved employee movie genre is one of the more puzzling fads of late, since it showcases every vile prejudice and low standard imaginable.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Quite frankly, it makes perfect sense that Employee Of The Month is a terrible comedy - there's no one funny involved.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source:

Predictable, crude comedy aimed at teens.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

April 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

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

January 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Reasonably entertaining, though probably better as a DVD rental.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

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

January 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

You're fired.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

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

October 26, 2006 Full Review Source:

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

October 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Stocked with unfunny formula.

October 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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?

October 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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.
January 16, 2012
T Tsang

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.
December 14, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Dane Cook undoubtely carried this film and made it extremely funny. Jessica Simpson wasn't that bad either.
June 23, 2011
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
March 13, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Russell: 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 (14 months ago)
    1. Jorge: I love ah-nall, who's ah-nall?
    2. Vince Downey: It's ANAL, dumbass!
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Iqbal: Do it for pride, the rest will come... including the girl.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Lon: 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 (14 months ago)
    1. Vince Downey: Well, I guess I can get a little anal...
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. 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 (14 months ago)
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