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Head Office Reviews

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½ August 18, 2016
College graduate goes to work for shady business in this boring unsuccessful attempt at satire.
½ February 18, 2016
A poorly made film that feels like it was on a low budget even though there are some well-known actors. I didn't find anything about it funny and wouldn't say it is worth watching. (First and only viewing - 2/18/2016)
½ October 10, 2014
In the first few minutes, when you're still not quite sure what's going on, the big business satire "Head Office" buzzes with an undeniable, frantic energy. We are introduced to a great supporting cast of characters, played by some very funny character actors like Rick Moranis and Danny DeVito.

Unfortunately, they are both killed off very early on and the rest of this becomes a forgettable and generic comedy that was all-too-typical of the decade. The rapid-fire pacing of the opening is lost and this settles into familiar territory, complete with a boring love story and a ridiculous amount of nondescript '80's synth music on the soundtrack.

Judge Reinhold is a likable enough guy, and can be quite funny in the right role, but he was never cut out to be a leading man and the reason for that is painfully obvious here. In fact, I couldn't help but wonder why the built the entire movie around him because he plays the least interesting character in the film, especially when the entire cast is still alive.

The central storyline that emerges, about a naive corporate executive with a heart who wants to do what's right, is just as uninteresting but the biggest problem is that this is a comedy that fails to generate a single laugh. Writer and director Ken Finkleman's last failed project was "Airplane 2", but at least that had jokes. This is more of a situational comedy in which the situations aren't inherently funny.

The bland title should clue you in to just how dull "Head Office" is. After an energetic start it goes awry quickly and settles for being just another forgettable romantic comedy.
July 14, 2014
New recruit quickly moves up the corporate ladder for no good reason in a large conglomerate where people regularly get fired or jump from the office window. A bit of a hit and miss affair with the misses winning out more often. The jokes feel like they are just thrown out there to see what works. Often a bit too over-the-top for its own good. Did appreciate the appearance of Don King in the boardroom.
May 5, 2014
Big cast cannot save this unfunny stinker.
March 17, 2014
Recent grad gets immersed into corrupt corporate America in this comedy that frantically throws out anything it can but only sporadically scores laughs. Many familiar faces in small roles, including promoter Don King in an amusing cameo in the Board Room.
August 4, 2013
Surrealist comedy about Corporate America... Yet, there's no laughs to be found. Sad given the cast with very minor roles.
January 21, 2012
Here a mediocre 1986 comedy that starts out strong with a lot of potential, then hits a dead end where it abandons subplots, wastes characters and waters down its cynical overview. The honorable Judge Reinhold is always cool to watch though, so if you're a fan of his work, then this should be on your see list.
½ October 1, 2011
This was supposed to be a satire of the corporate world in the 1980s, but it comes off more as a silly rom com. And that's it problem. It casts Judge Reinhold in a role that should have been more funny. Instead, funny things happen around him and he just reacts. There are some good scenes in this movie, such as after Rick Moranis dies from a heart attack and his secretary tries to tell a person on the phone he has died and he will not make the afternoon appointment. Don King pops up in one and a half scenes, but doesn't work well. Eddie Albert, I guess, is trying to be funny in his role as a corporate boss, but he just comes up playing the role awful. Even Danny DeVito can't save this movie with his small role. But the worst acting goes to Michael O'Donoghue, the overatated SNL writer who pops up in a role that seems more like a favor. O'Donogue had a few moments as a comic writer but he was a bitter man who made people around him feel miserable and watching him slug through his role as Albert's right hand man is an insult to what other better actors could have brought to the role. When you cast unfunny people in what is supposed to be funny roles, this is what you get.
September 19, 2011
Funny now more than ever.
Super Reviewer
½ January 20, 2011
Although there were many really funny scenes, there were also a bunch of unfunny scenes too, and sometimes the film didn't look like it was edited right or something. Overall, it's pretty good, but it could have been better. At least it has a good cast.
April 27, 2010
Star studded comedy is kind of like an Office Space for the 80s, except not as funny. Heck, maybe they'll say that about Office Space in another ten years.
½ April 21, 2010
There are some very very funny scenes in this movie, it's like Wall Street if it were a black comedy where all the brokers were jumping out of windows. This movie would be great if not for things like the editing, director, and the beginning of the movie. I couldn't believe the beginning; the movie has DeVito and Moranis, who are the funniest guys in the movie (so far in the beginning), and they both die right away! This movie is deceptive that way, putting their names on the box and then killing their characters before you even get to know them. Overall, I'd say see this film if you are either a businessman or a Judge Reinhold fan (that's my reason for seeing this) , if not, you will find this movie just mildly funny.
½ March 16, 2010
Such a bad movie, wasting Danny Devito's and Judge Reinhold's talent on this stinker. one of the worst movies made in hollywood in the 1980's.
shesdownbytheriver
Super Reviewer
March 28, 2009
No thankyou - Not interested
January 31, 2009
Another funny and slighty underrated Judge Reinhold film.
½ December 1, 2008
I like this comedy, funny ensemble cast. Also cameo by the group General Public.
½ May 12, 2008
Review will be written when/if re-watched (Probability: Zero).

First viewing: 24.06.1998
½ January 25, 2008
This was a really stupid movie, only watched it because of Jane.
August 21, 2007
i would like to see this one...
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