The Temp (1993)

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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.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Paramount Home Video

Cast

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
Jesse Vint
as Larry
Gary Rooney
as Bouncer
Bill Johns
as Waiter
Don Alder
as Officer Security Guard
Betsy Toll
as Test Lady
Craig Hosking
as Helicopter Pilot
Mary Marsh
as Shopper
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
Ralph Archenhold
as Samaritan
Glenn Mazen
as Minister
Lars Wanberg
as Lobby Security Guard
Betty Moyer
as Receptionist
Rob LaBelle
as Bill Lives
Kirk Nieland
as Steele
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

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 16, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

As written by Kevin Falls and directed by Tom Holland, The Temp starts well and runs into trouble about midway through.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Some of the movie plays as if it were intended to be tongue-in-cheek, but other parts are played straight, making it appear that Holland and his screenwriter Kevin Falls couldn't make up their minds about what sort of movie they wanted to make.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

The Temp is as unimaginative as thrillers get, with a plot-by-numbers script and insipid direction.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
ReelViews
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Full Review… | February 11, 1993
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Temp

½

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 Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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  Shrewlord
The Shrewlord

Super Reviewer

* (out of four) Ridiculous film with Timothy Hutton as a business man who hires a temporary worker (Lara Flynn Boyle). She becomes obsessive. The acting and script is terrible. "The Temp" should be forgotten...permanently.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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