Fired! (2006)

Fired! (2006)



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

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Devastated after being fired by director Woody Allen, actress Annabelle Gurwitch sets out on a soul-searching journey to discover whether getting the axe was the best or worst thing ever to happen in her professional career. Anyone who has been in the workforce for an extended amount of time has likely been there -- one minute you've got a good-paying job that you love, and the next minute you're standing in the unemployment line. When Annabelle Gurwitch got fired by the legendary director of such classics as Annie Hall and The Purple Rose of Cairo, she thought her career was over. Upon turning to her many showbiz pals for advice, however, Gurwitch quickly discovered that she was not alone. In this documentary, Gurwitch enlists the aid of filmmakers Chris Bradley and Kyle La Brache in traveling the country to interview such celebrities as Tim Allen, David Cross, Sarah Silverman, and Jeff Garlin to find out exactly how they dealt with the heavy hand of rejection. Additional interviews with GM workers in Lansing, MI, who were handed their pink slips offer some tales that are tragically comedic and others that seems to reinforce the old adage about one door closing and another door opening, while a visit to job fairs and "outplacement services" show just what the jobless endure on a day-to-day basis. Conversations with the downsizers as well as the downsized offer viewers a chance to explore the topic from both sides as host Gurwitch reminds viewers that sometimes the greatest success stories are born of failure.
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Critic Reviews for Fired!

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (16)

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

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

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
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Serious portions, in which Gurwitch appears far too often to be mugging and cracking wise, are intercut with dumb sketches.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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 9, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

At the very least, it's gainful, worthwhile employment for its likable star.

Full Review… | February 8, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fired!

Getting Fired By Woody Allen Was Just The Beginning

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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 Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

I love Woody Allen films and I hadn't heard about this one until just now. I am so excited to see it!

Jessica Lansbery
Jessica Lansbery

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