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Men at Work (2006)

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A handful of men prove their masculine determination brings them nothing but trouble in this playful satiric comedy from Iran. Four longtime friends, all well into middle age, are returning to Tehran from a weekend skiing trip when they discover a large rock is stuck in the middle of a road winding around a mountain. The tall stone shaft (which appears just a bit phallic) is preventing them from going forward, so they try to push it over, with no success. They try to persuade an elderly man to help them move the rock with the help of his donkey, but the donkey's owner is wary, and after he's paid off, the plan still fails to move the stone. A pair of women happen by, one of whom is married to one of the skiers; while she tries to patiently stay out of the argument, her best friend is soon quarrelling with the guys about moving the rock, and as the day progresses and traffic begins to back up, she has more than a few other voices backing her up. Directed by Mani Haghighi, Karegaran Mashghoul-e Karand (aka Men At Work) was based on a story idea by the legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Sophisticated auds will enjoy this thoroughly modern spoof on masculine fixations, played out in frank, realistic dialogue.

October 5, 2006 | Full Review…

A somewhat slight film but an enjoyable and sympathetic one.

October 5, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Although steeped in allegory, political or otherwise, the film is perfectly enjoyable, and quite hilarious, in its literal sense.

September 18, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A wonderfully offbeat comic allegory that maintains the sharpness of Kiarostami's humanist observations... the film reads persuasively as a satire of masculine idiocy.

July 13, 2006 | Full Review…

How many Iranian skiers does it take to tear down a mountain?

June 6, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4

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