Fired! 2006

Fired!

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This well-intentioned documentary is too broad in its subjects to have any sort of cohesion.

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When Woody Allen fires Annabelle Gurwitch from his off-Broadway play, she doesn't take it lying down. Her revenge, of sorts, is this documentary detailing her experience and giving other actors a forum to recount their own hilarious tales of getting served a pink slip. While Sarah Silverman and Fred Willard tell their off-the-wall tales about getting fired, Gurwitch enlarges the scope of her project by speaking with downsized auto workers in Michigan and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (15)

  • It's a shame Allen fired her from that play. After all, then she might not have had the time to make this documentary.

    May 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • As for her anticorporate muckraking, I can say only that I have watched Michael Moore and I have met Michael Moore, and Gurwitch is no Michael Moore.

    March 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • Serious portions, in which Gurwitch appears far too often to be mugging and cracking wise, are intercut with dumb sketches.

    March 15, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A sharper documentarian might've tried harder to bridge the gap between the problems of the legitimate American work force and the struggles of relatively well-off celebrities, but Gurwitch, while charming, isn't exactly brimming with insight.

    February 10, 2007 | Rating: D+

    Noel Murray

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  • The video is heavy on actors and other showbiz types, and the self-centered Gurwitch doesn't distinguish between a factory worker laid off after decades on the job and an actor getting rejected during tryouts.

    February 9, 2007 | Full Review…
  • At the very least, it's gainful, worthwhile employment for its likable star.

    February 8, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 19, 2009
    Getting Fired By Woody Allen Was Just The Beginning
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2009
    A humorous look at a not very humorous condition: being fired. This viewer can relate to the subject matter, as he has been fired from numerous jobs, and he has dealt with many of the issues touched on here. The actress, Annabelle Gurwitch, after being fired from a play by Woody Allen, sets out on a quest to interview people from all walks of life to try to find how people cope with losing their livelihood. A lot of the material is tongue-in-cheek, but the underlying message is quite apporpriate in today's economy. The way to get over the trauma of being let go, canned, down-sized, right-sized (my personal favorite), or just plain fired, is to see it as an opportunity to re-invent yourself, capitalizing on your strengths and go out and find another job. This viewer found it quite entertaining, and while it may not be a recipe for recovery, it certainly doesn't hurt to find something to laugh about in the midst of what can undermine one's self-worth. A great deal of humor, but some real poignancy as well, especially the footage about the GM workers in Lansing, MI.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2008
    Sways between anecdotes and insight, general repetition and genuine charm.
    William G Super Reviewer

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