New Guy (2004)
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as Guillermo the Janitor
as Mr. Stevens
as Executive Assistant
as Orientation Speaker
as The Faxer
as Man in Bathroom
Critic Reviews for New Guy
The first feature film by Bilge Ebiri, a New York Magazine film critic, is an unusual hybrid, a surreal 'cubicle comedy' that subtly morphs into a paranoid thriller.
This is Ebiri's first feature after directing four shorts. He shows talent, but shouldn't give up his day job just yet.
From the co-workers' macho hazing rituals to the pseudo-arty gotcha ending, New Guy never quite locates a sensibility to call its own.
Performances are solid and the washed-out, blue-tinged cinematography lends a sickish aura to the soul-eroding cubicles, offices and conference rooms that all too vividly evoke the mind-set of depressed wage slaves.
Combining the elements of comedy and thriller isn't easy, especially for a first-timer. But Ebiri pulls it off.
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