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1986: A recent business college graduate gets an entry-level job in a huge conglomerate company, thanks to his senator father. The new entry gets a taste of the ways and means (and negatives) of the conglomerate; he finds himself getting quick promotions, though he doesn't feel qualified for them. He crosses hairs with top management when he makes statements that differ with the corporate line. This movie, more or less a satire on the business world, feels more like a string of scenes than an actual movie. Very capable cast, though some barely appear in the movie (Danny DeVito and Rick Moranis are gone after 15 minutes). The zaniness doesn't really go anywhere. Ultimately disappointing.
Stars: Judge Reinhold, Lori-Nan Engler, Eddie Albert, Richard Masur, and Jane Seymour.
This was great to see after all these years. Things have not changed so much in our country. Rich still get richer, and crooks are running the show. Loved seeing the old memory typewriter working. :)
College graduate goes to work for shady business in this boring unsuccessful attempt at satire.
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)
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.
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.
Big cast cannot save this unfunny stinker.
Surrealist comedy about Corporate America... Yet, there's no laughs to be found. Sad given the cast with very minor roles.
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.
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.