The Temp

Critics Consensus

The Temp has an intriguing résumé, but consistently underperforms; immediate reassignment is recommended.



Total Count: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1,530
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Movie Info

The Temp is yet another installment in the 1990s thriller genre of "the conniving woman who gets back at all who stand in her way to success," as seen in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Single White Female, Basic Instinct, The Crush, The Babysitter, et al. In this rehash of the perennial formula, Peter Derns (Timothy Hutton), a marketing executive for a cookie company that has recently been bought out by another firm, is forced to hire temporary help when his regular office assistant, Lance (Scott Coffey) takes paternity leave. Into the breach comes Kris Bolen (Lara Flynn Boyle), whose efficiency saves the day for the clueless Peter. Unfortunately for Peter's associates, her efficiency extends to killing off Peter's regular assistant upon her return to work by arranging an accident with a paper shredder. But Kris doesn't stop there, and Peter begins to notice a high body count of dead employees falling around him. Peter suspects Kris may be the culprit, but since he has just emerged from treatment for acute paranoia, he can't decide if he is imaging things or not.

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Timothy Hutton
as Peter Derns
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Kris Bolin
Faye Dunaway
as Charlene Towne
Dwight Schultz
as Roger Jasser
Oliver Platt
as Jack Hartsell
Steven Weber
as Brad Montroe
Colleen Flynn
as Sara Meinhold
Dakin Matthews
as Dr. Feldman
Maura Tierney
as Sharon Derns
Lin Shaye
as Rosemary
Danny Swanson
as Nathan Derns
Demene E. Hall
as Marla Higgins
Gary Rooney
as Bouncer
Bill Johns
as Waiter
Don Alder
as Officer Security Guard
Betsy Toll
as Test Lady
Mary Marsh
as Shopper
Craig Hosking
as Helicopter Pilot
J.W. Crawford
as Researcher
Billy Koch
as Juice Bartender
Ralph Vanhollebeke
as Mr. Henderson
William Earl Ray
as Man in Bar
Shanti Kahn
as Redmont Secretary #1
Elizabeth Richard
as Redmont Secretary #2
Glenn Mazen
as Minister
Lars Wanberg
as Lobby Security Guard
Betty Moyer
as Receptionist
Rob LaBelle
as Bill Lives
John Raymond Brannen
as 'New' Lobby Security Guard
Mary Starrett
as TV Newscaster
Jim Bosley
as TV Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for The Temp

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Audience Reviews for The Temp

  • Apr 14, 2014
    Picked this up for $6. Hadn't seen it before, but looked like a bit of 90's tack I might enjoy. Actually, it wasn't too bad. The glass in the cookies scene alone raised this movie half a star. What I didn't like was the end. Seriously? The woman is crazy and has killed several people and he thinks she's going to take that?!
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2011
    A good cast almost rescue this 90s "B" movie cross between an 80s yuppie flick and Fatal Attraction. Story is quite weak and a little silly.
    The S Super Reviewer

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